Wednesday, February 20, 2013


After reading SAFE HAVEN, by Nicholas Sparks, I could hardly wait to see the movie. No surprise there. Whether I read the book years before the movie comes out, or I read it in anticipation of the movie soon being released, the same reaction still holds.
Can’t wait, can’t wait, can’t wait!

But I have to wonder why, when rarely does the movie live up to my expectations after reading the book. Yet I can’t seem to let go of the idea of seeing what I’ve read come alive before my eyes.
Who will they cast?

How will it play out visually?
Will it be all I dreamed it to be?

When the casting is done right - at least in my eyes - it adds to the excitement. When they seem to not get it right, casting actors that don’t seem to be a good fit for the characters in the novel, it can put a quick damper on how I feel towards seeing the movie.

But still I go!
There hasn’t been too many books made into movies that I didn’t walk away wishing they wouldn’t have left out this, or why’d they add that.

But still I went!

To have not gone would have been too much to bear.
If a movie is casted before I’ve read the book, I can’t seem to get them out of my head. I have to wonder what I would have pictured the characters to look like if I had read the book before knowing who was playing the part.
One thing I have learned over the years, don’t go see a movie just days after reading a novel. The story is too fresh in your mind, and it will drive you nuts as you watch, remembering all too well what they did and didn’t have in the movie.
So what's your take on books made into movies?

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