Monday, March 01, 2010

Monday movie meme

This week's movie topic is all about Books vs. Movies...

"Share on your blog movie versions of books and your take on them, linking back here at The Bumbles."

Witness: Little of the exposition from the book made it to the big screen. The movie never explained why Rachel Lapp was willing to fly in the face of her community to rescue John Book. Being a fan of the happy ending, I wasn't really satisfied with the way either the book or the movie ended, although I'd say the movie stayed pretty true to the book.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: According to Bear, who is very up on these things, none of the characters looked like they were supposed to. The plot was thrown in a blender and then thrown against the wall to dry.

The Wizard of Oz: Apart from some of the obvious changes made for Technicolor (ruby slippers in the movie, silver in the book), we also have a teenaged Judy Garland playing a prepubescent Dorothy. Among other discrepancies is that in the book, Dorothy works as a servant for the Wicked Witch for months before dashing a bucket of water on her, and then sweeping the remains out the door - Dorothy was very tidy. Another important misstep? On arriving at the Emerald City in the book, Dorothy and her friends have green glasses locked onto them, and they can not be removed. We later find out that the city wasn't Emerald at all, it was all part of the Wizard's humbug.

Molly hosts the Monday Movie Meme. You can check out more comparisons to movies and books at The Bumbles Blog.


  1. Great list. I haven't read any of the books, but have seen the Wizard of Oz, which was fun!

  2. I'll have to find the book for witness--loved the show.

  3. See - I had no idea Witness was from a book. That is one of my favorite movies.

    Interesting the discrepancies with Oz. I never read any of the books myself - but I am planning to dive in to Wicked some day - that play was fun but I hear the book is more dark.

  4. Huh, I didn't know Witness is a book, either.