Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book to Movie: What I will and will not be seeing

Readers are always presented with a predicament when a movie version of a book they love comes out: watch it and risk being disappointed or miss it and risk seeing something great.

There is a slew of movie versions of books coming out and, since it is much harder to get to a movie theater since having kids, I have to be a bit selective about what I see and many of my opportunities are snatched up by superhero movies (thanks to the hubs).  But, here is how my literary movie going future is shaping up:

1. Divergent (03/21/2014)




Yeah, I know...this one came out like 3 months ago.  We didn't see it--we almost did, but opted to see Noah instead (as soon as the closing credits started rolling at the end of Noah, my husband and I looked at each other and said in unision, "We should have gone to Divergent."

Here is my issue with this....I didn't really like the book--but I think it would probably be one of those cases where the movie is better.  (That's a plus).  But it doesn't look from the preview that as much care was put into this film as, say, The Hunger Games. (That's a minus).  But I like Kate Winslet.  (That's a plus).  But I'm soooo over Shailene Woodley before ever having actually seen her anything (that's a minus).

So, I'll probably end up checking this out of the library or wait until it shows up on Netflix or Amazon.  I'll see it if its there, but I'm not really going to go out of my way to see it.

2. The Fault in Our Stars (06/06/2014)





This is another one that I won't be seeing in the theater--although I'll most likely make an actual effort to see it at home.  As I said, I'm not a fan of Ms. Woodley and, well, am I the only person who is a little weirded out that the actor who plays her brother in Divergent plays her boyfriend in The Fault in Our Stars?

I also am a little tired of The Fault in Our Stars--I mean, I really liked it but it is starting to get too hyped for me and I don't know if it will be something that merits that hype in the long run.

But here's the real reason why I won't see it in the theater.  I'm a really, really ugly crier.  I'm talking snotty nose, blotchy face, contorted expressions...the whole nine yards.  Yes, folks, this is a movie I need to see in the privacy of my own home.

3. Love, Rosie (10/24/2014)




Okay, I loved this book--it was the first of Ahern's that I read  But I was really surprised to see it was being made into a movie--the entire book is told through emails and texts, so HOW would you film this?

If I can talk my husband into seeing this (and I'm afraid that will be quite the feat), I'll head out to the theaters.  Otherwise, it will be another streamer for me.

4. The Giver (08/15/2014)




The Giver is an excellent book, and one that I'd recommend to anyone.  That being said, however, I think I'll skip the movie  When I read a book, I get a picture of how things should be in my head.  Obviously, no movie is going to match that exactly, but this looks so completely different from what I imagined that I don't think I could make it through the movie.

5. This is Where I Leave You (9/12/2014)




I actually haven't read Jonathan Tropper's book, but it has been on my TBR list for quite a while.  Whether or not I'll be able to fit the book in before the movie comes out remains to be seen (but looks doubtful), but this will be a must-see for me.  The preview looks great, I'm a sucker for family stories, and--hello!--it has Tina Fey!

6. Mockingjay, Part 1 (11/21/2014)



Yes.  On opening weekend.

7. Wild (12/05/2014)



Well, I won't be seeing this in my husband.  I know my husband and I know that he won't be able to keep his mouth shut during this so, yeah, I'll be leaving him at home.  However, my good (and very bookish) friend is wild--ha ha!--for this movie, so I'll hopefully be seeing it with her (I hope she's reading this)....It helps that our book club will be reading Wild in November (at my friend's suggestion) so we should be primed for the movie.

I don't know if there are any other bookish movies coming out this year, but here are the ones on my radar.  Hopefully I'll be able to get the sitter lined up for some of these!

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