Thursday, May 26, 2011

Friday Memes: Book Numbers & Movie Adaptations

Follow Friday Question of the Week:

How many books do you read in a week? And in what format do you read them, or listen to them?

In school I probably read 1-2 fun books a week.  One listening and one on the ereader or paper.  Now that school is out I'm hoping to go back to normal, which is 1 book listening and 2-3 books in either paperback or ereader.  I'm a fast reader but I'm super busy.  Between law school and a part-time job, I try really hard to have a work-life balance.
Book Blogger Hop

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1Blogger Hop Question of the Week:
"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked?  Which have you disliked?"
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Gone with the Wind
I really enjoyed the Harry Potter adaptations even though they were forced to leave a lot of things out.  Those books are huge so I completely understand having to choose which story-lines to focus.  I also think the Twilight adaptations have been great but I might not be a great judge because I read the entire Twilight series after watching the first movie.  My all-time favorite movie adaptation has been Gone with the Wind.  If you haven't seen the movie, you just have too.  Vivian Leigh did a wonderful job.
Water for ElephantsThe Book-to-Movie adaptation that I didn't like would unfortunately be Water for Elephants.  Don't get me wrong, it was a good movie, but it was an amazing book.  The movie did a good job of telling the story, but it didn't capture the magic to me.  I don't want to include any spoilers or anything but I want to give a small example.  In the book, everyone lines up to get paid and I could imagine the faces and dismay on their faces.  In the movies, August just whispers something to someone.  I just felt like the book was more vivid.  Also, the nursing home element was taken out of the movie, which I thought was important to the story.  Anyway, I don't like the movie as an adaptation but still thought it was a good movie as long as I didn't compare it to the book.

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