Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Summer at Hogwarts - Words vs Images

Hello fellow readers! Hope you've been enjoying (and if possible keeping up with) Chamber of Secrets. I'm here with your third quiz of the Summer Term.

Book or Movie?
Which do you prefer? Did they live up to your expectations? If you can be specific, we all have our pet peeves and this is a chance to rant about them!

 I know some people love the books and movies equally, other who have refused to any of films because they stray to far from the book. I'm not a huge fan of the movies, though I did see Half Book Prince at a midnight showing. I find the movies themselves lack the substance that make the books so enchanting. My biggest issue with the movies is that there will be two movies for Deathly Hallows. Don't get me wrong, I'll take as much Potter as I can get but if they wanted to extend the very lucrative film series why just do it for the last chapter? Starting with Goblet of Fire they could have made longer films or split them into two parts like they will be doing with Deathly Hallows.

Other than the lack of detail I really don't have a problem with the films, I think they're beautifully cast and (usually) visually stunning. Though nothing will ever touch what the books created.


Anonymous said...

I don't have any problem with the first two films, but after that I fine a little details that annoy me.

however I wish that Hermoine and the elf house stuff would have made it into the films.

Becky (Page Turners) said...

I have to admit, I have finished The Philosophers Stone, but i am not reading them in order! I am now reading The Order of the Phoenix. I know the story so well by now I can jump wherever I like and still enjoy it equally.

Anyhoo, movie v book. Well, book. I don't think that's a surprise or that anyone will say anything different.

But the movies were still great. The Prisoner of Azkaban wasn't that great, I think that's my least my faourite of the movies, followed by the Order of the Phoenix.

The biggest problem is that they can't fit the content of the books into the movie, and the movie suffers for it.

The second biggest problem is the quality of the acting.. yuk. But that's what happens when your focus is on choosing people that look like the characters rather than looking for good acors to play the characters. I don't blame them, it wouldn't be the same if Hermione was blond and skinny or Luna Lovegood was fat with brown curly hair, but still.

I loved the last movie, I thought it was extremely well done, and I can't wait to see how they do the last book. I am so glad that they have made two movies out of it, there is just too much important detail to cut out.

Jasmyn said...

1. Books, always, although I love the movies to death.

2. Adaptation pet peeves:
a) I realize he can't do anything about it, but I still wish Harry's eyes were green.
b) Umm... the Marauders should've been addressed further, as should the explanation of why Voldemort hates Muggles.
c) Where is Peeves, in general?

Anonymous said...

Books are always 10,000 times better. No question. But I like the movies because they make me excited for the books. I find that I enjoy the films a lot more if I haven't recently read the books. Except GoF. Ugh I hate almost everything about that movie. Bad hair. Bad acting. Horrible changes to the plot. The last movie was the best by far. Hopefully the next two do book 7 justice! I have hope.

RE: Jasmyn's post
2a) No excuses, green contacts exist! Book 7, with Snape/Harry, I was like "I knew that was important!" Have they played up the eyes enough in the movies for that scene to make sense?
2c) I love that your pet peeve is a lack of Peeves!

-Amanda L.