Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Great Books to Really Bad Movies

I really enjoy watching movies based on books, especially serial books, that I've read and loved. Because I love the books so much, I expect to like the movie even if it is only mediocre. I don't care that the movie is never going to be as good as the book. The movies give me another chance to enjoy my favorite stories and characters again, but in a completely different way. I loved all of the Harry Potter movies and the Twilight movie. Also, I thought Golden Compass was fantastic. It was critically acclaimed but unfortunately didn't do well in the box office. I hope they make the rest of the trilogy anyway. It was soooo good.

After I read all the books in the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, I was excited about the movie Eragon, which came out back in 2006. Of course, Laura went to watch it immediately and told me it was really really bad. I refused to believe her. It's based on Eragon! How bad could it be? I finally watched it after finding it in a $3.99 bin at Circuit City last Black Friday. Well, it wasn't freakin' worth the $3.99 I paid for it. It was beyond horrific. How could they have messed up that bad? I don't really remember any details because I am trying to forget it! I don't want the Inheritance Cycle to be forever tainted for me by that terrible movie.

Most recently, there was Inkheart. Okay, I didn't love the book as much as Laura did, but I was hoping it would translate well on screen. I couldn't even finish it it was so bad. I doubt they will be making the rest of the trilogy, Inkspell and Inkdeath. Well, at least, I hope not. Brendan Fraser who I kinda like is in the movie and didn't help the film much at all.

It is so disappointing when movies based on my favorite books turn out bad. I am still broken up about Eragon. It shattered any hope for a spectacular movie series, which I was really looking forward to. I thought it had a lot of potential. There are magic, dragons and dragon riders! Cool, right?!? (Yeah, I am a nerd.)

I heard that they are making The Hunger Games into a movie. It better be awesome, or you will hear about it!


Kate said...

Totally agree about Harry Potter and Twilight. Love the books and the films are nowhere near as good but a nice chance to enter that world again. Hope Hunger Games is good

Kate x

Laura said...

Fingers crossed! :]
I'll probably be the first one in line.

Tara said...

I will literally cry if The Hunger Games movie is bad. CRY, I say.

Laura said...

Lol You've been crying a lot lately in our blog Tara. I think we need to hold an intervention.

txtingmrdarcy said...

Eragon- WTF. That's all I have to say about that. Christopher Paolini's books are GREAT. The Movie? (throws up in mouth)

Same thing with Hunger Games. If that movie is lame... I may just...just.... Well if Panem were real I'd move there. But not to one of the crappy districts.