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(May 17, 2009 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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I have a concern that is growing steadily. Too many people I know are now bypassing the book and going straight to the movie. In fact, I know one or two people who always ask, ďIs there a movie for that,Ē when I start talking about a recent favorite something Iíve read. Itís annoying.

Donít get me wrong, I love movies almost as much as I love the books that create them. I realize that not everyone is a purist like me who feels obligated to read the book before seeing the movie, but I canít help but feel sorry for those that donít Ė in my opinion the book is always better.

The Book is Better

A movie can tell a story and it might even be done well enough to give some depth on certain characters but it is restrained by time and the abilities of the film industry. A book has no limits. Take the Eragon books, for example. The first was pretty good. The second book, Eldest, was intriguing. The author, who happened to be only fifteen when Eragon was published, started work on the third book, Brisngr. But it was too much.

Rather than just start lopping pieces out of the book to make it fit the ďmoldĒ of a trilogy, Christopher Paolini decided to cut his gigantic third dragon book in half and make it into two books. I loved that. I feel like I get two big books of story instead of one and I especially love that he fought for his story and scrapped his whole original vision of a trilogy to be sure his complete story was told.

Unfortunately, I canít say the same for the Eragon movie. In fact, I canít talk about it at all without feeling sad for the tremendous loss.

Books are deeper and have more personality. The characters have meaning, thoughts, emotions and multiple levels of being Ė just like real people. Movies donít always bring this through. Books are also able to close out all the plot lines. They donít just leave something out because itís not that important or takes up too many pages.

Movies Made From Books

Even if I know it will be bad, I always see the movie that goes with one of my books when I have the chance. I feel like the movie is an extension of the reading. Itís like a treat to see how someone else saw things that I saw in the book. I also like how the movie will inspire a lot of people to pick up the book, and then they realize that the book is better, too.

As frustrating as it can be for a knowledgeable movie watcher, Iím resigned to the fact that the movie can never include the depth that a book can. The movie can be fun to watch just because I know the story and want to see it in action, but Iíve never once, in all my years of movie watching, been surprised by a movie that was as good as or better than the book it came from.


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lissymarie

22/Female
Granada Hills, CA
Posted On: June 28, 2009
ella enchanted wasn't like the book, true, but i really liked the movie nonetheless. it had a very cool feel of its own. plus, anne hathaway is a very gifted actress and her ella was hilarious.
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MCR_rox_my_sox

19/Female
Romania
Posted On: June 24, 2009
In my opinion the worst Book-to-Movie has to be Twilight. I mean seriously? No detail about it was right, the Cullens' house? *Buzzer noise* The way Esme looks? *Buzzer noise* And how about all of the romance they left out? *Loudest, and most annoying buzzer noise you've ever heard* Catherine Hardwicke needs to be shot! The reason she walked off of the 'New Moon' movie wasn't because "It would be too difficult" it was because she knows that 'Twilight' sucked.
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animehype

19/Female
Alexandria, VA
Posted On: June 19, 2009
The best examples of stories ruined by movies are any of the old, classic disney movies. They don't follow the original Brothers Grimm storylines.
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twilight_rulz

23/Female
Australia
Posted On: June 14, 2009
The movie Eragon sucked butt. It didn't follow the plot of the book at all.
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eliginorski

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: June 13, 2009
Psh...'afraid' you have to agree with me?

That's SO nice big sis...
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eliginorski

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: June 13, 2009
Also...I forgot to mention that I can live with it if they don't replicate every single scene in the book exactly, it's when they totally butcher it that I get pi.ssed off.
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Sehkmet

24/Female
Canada
Posted On: June 13, 2009
I'm afraid I have to agree with eliginorski.. the Ella Enchanted was absolutely nothing like the book. Eragon at least was an alright movie, even though there were some things they didn't put in from the book. Ella Enchanted was a sore excuse for a movie, by nearly any movie lover's standards.
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eliginorski

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: June 13, 2009
If you even read the book Ella Enchanted, then you should know that the very basic storyline of that book WAS Cinderella...if you didn't notice/realize it then you would have to be really dense.

I'm sorry if it offends you, but it's true.
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Tala_Ray

20/Female
LA
Posted On: June 13, 2009
Uh, eliginorski, Ella Enchancted is based off the book Ella Enchanted, not Cinderella. Granted, it's not exactly like the book, but it was never meant to be Cinderella.

I pray that some of my favorite books never become movies. It just doesn't do it justice, for me. To be really like the book, look for old, black-and-white movies. C:
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Silent_Wolf

21/Female
Weirton, WV
Posted On: June 12, 2009
Give me books any day.
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eliginorski

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: June 11, 2009
Oh no...I'm afraid that anyone who says that Eragon is THE worst excuse of a book movie ever is sadly wrong...close, but wrong.

I don't know if you saw it, but the award for the worst movie based on a book has to go to Ella Enchanted...it didn't even have the same basic storyline as the book... I mean, how hard can it be to do Cinderella?

Certainly not as hard as THEY made it look...
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alexa5_post

19/Female
Lincolnwood, IL
Posted On: June 11, 2009
BOOKS ATE 430975094370 TIMES BETTER. WEN I READ HP THE 5TH BOOK I LOVED IT AND WHEN I SAW THE MOVIE IT WAS LIKE SO MUCH WORSE I AGREE BOOKS ARE BTERE. THEY GET YU IN TOUCH WITH PERSONAILTY AND STUFF
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never_more

21/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: June 11, 2009
Yes, the Harry Potter movies are bad. Especially the fifth one.

But Eragon was, by far, the worst excuse of a book movie I have ever seen in my life. The only similarities were the names, and the fact that there was a blue dragon in it.
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LancasterPrinc

25/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: June 11, 2009
Ain't that the truth!

I was a Harry Potter Dork long before the movies, and was THRILLED to go see it opening night...then was ticked that it didn't do things exactly as the book said.

That was my first book-movie experience and sadly I agree, I have yet to be surprised that the movie was as good or better than the book.

Bookie all the way!
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