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Book to Movie Abortions

First and foremost, I wish you all a happy Easter holiday! Enjoy, eat lots of food, and have a great time. I’ll be uploading pictures from the Easter weekend pretty soon. Today we celebrate Easter Saturday with my Dad’s side of the family & tomorrow (Sunday) we celebrate with my Mom’s side of the family. It’s a weekend full of Easter festivities, and lots of candy too. And what goes better with candy than a rant?

Choke was a fabulous book. To give you a short synopsis it’s a book about a sec addict who pretends to choke on food to get money from people who save him and end up pitying him. He uses said money to pay for his mother’s care in an old folk’s home/mental hospital. Storyline, graphic details, and hilarious Palahniuk humor was there…but then the media got involved. The movie left out so much! The very last scene (and most important in my opinion) was left out of the movie! You’ll have to go into the deleted scenes to watch it. The movie was funny, and Denny (Victor, the main character’s best friend) was portrayed perfectly by Brad William Henke, but there were some major plot holes. You never see the people who give him the money, and you never learn any more about his reasons for playing on people’s sympathies. Ms. Gallo gives this movie a C+.

Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell was one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time. I fell in love with Slingblade, his woman hating best friend, and could not put this book down. When I heard they were making a movie for the book I was pumped! I thought to myself, “this is going to be great! I’m ready!” Why did I have such high expectations? An avid reader should know better. The movie centered around one major story from the book. The actual book has tons of stories from Max’s drunken sexcapades. The movie was built around El Bingeroso’s wedding to his cutesy blonde fiance and was completed with a chick flick happy ending. I give the movie credit for including the pink boxer scene (hilarious), but I was disappointed in the chick flick undertone. Ms. Gallo gives this book to movie abortion a D+.

Alice Sebolds The Lovely Bones was one of the best books I have ever read. I read this book because my Mom wanted to see the movie with me. Me being me, I couldn’t go and see the movie without reading the book first. I finished it in less than three days and fell in love with Susie Salmon and Ray Singh. This book made me cry, laugh, smile, and get extremely angry all at once. I have never had such an intense emotional reaction to the book since The Perks of Being a Wallflower. When it came to the movie I was only sad that it was not longer. So this movie does not get the title “Abortion.” Also, parts were cut out…MAJOR PLOT POINTS!! Peter Jackson did redeem himself with the visuals of Heaven and the “In Between”. In my opinion his portrayal of the afterlife reminded me a lot of his old work such as “Dead Alive” and “Meet The Feebles.” There was some extra creepiness that was oddly appealing. Ms. Gallo gives this movie a B for effort & the fact that Susan Sarandon was fabulous. If it were about 2 hours longer I’d give it an A. And yes, I would have sat through 2 more hours.

Now, I’m 120% aware that the movie is never as good as the book. I can accept that, but these three are the book/movie relationships that have made the most impact on me. Have you seen these movies or read these books? What did you think?

  1. I can’t believe you even gave Choke a C. That movie was an F. It was my favorite book and now I’m afraid I can’t even read it anymore. So sad considering how insanely great Fight Club is (both novel & movie).

  2. I’ve read & watched the lovely bones – and I LOVED THEM BOTH. I like how they described the inbetween, it was better than I had imagined it from the book tbh. o.o but overall I think the book is better than the film. <3
    Happy Easter! x

  3. Can’t wait to see your easter pictures!

    I never read the Lovely Bones, but I watched the movie and hated it! Maybe I need to read the book, because I didn’t get the big “hoopla” about it. And I’m a Mark Wahlberg fan :(

    I never heard of the other two, but I’m thinking I might add “I hope they serve beer in hell” to my wishlist. Sounds good!

  4. The only one that I have read the book and seen the movie was The Lovely Bones, and I thought the book was MUCH better than the movie (but I didn’t completely hate the movie).

  5. Choke seems interesting, but I never read it. Love Bones was a MUCH better book than movie. Same with I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell. I just can’t take watching book-to-movie movies if I already read the book. I know it would ruin everything for me.

    Lady Impulse
  6. Lovely* oh gosh where has my spelling gone

    Lady Impulse
  7. I’m currently reading “The Lovely Bones” and I agree, it’s really good so far. I’m happy to hear that you think the movie is also pretty good. I’m going to be watching that once I finish reading the book.

  8. I read Lovely Bones several years ago… summer 2004 I think? It was an excellent book and I enjoyed it very much, but if I remember correctly, I was VERY disappointed in the ending. It ended very suddenly and left a lot of loose ends hanging.

  9. Oooo books! I’m far too busy to read these days. Wish I had the time.

  10. I’ve never heard of any of those. I need to start reading again though.

  11. I haven’t read any of those books! Choke sounds interesting though, it might have to be one I add to my list. :)

  12. I love reading books but i haven’t read any of those you mentioned.
    I have to note them all down. *writes*

    I’ll start with the Lovely Bones :)

  13. I havent read those books but I’ve watched The Lovely Bones already and I love it. =)

  14. I’ve read The lovely bones, and I really enjoyed it, but I have not seen the movie yet. I will do it soon though:)

    The book Choke sounded interesting. Thanks for the tip:)

  15. Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

    I haven’t read any of those books. I’m not a book reader. “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell” sounds so good though, I might just have to check it out.

  16. Oh, goodness, I haven’t read any of those three books, nor have I watched any of the movie adaptions, so I’m afraid I really can’t add anything useful to your comments section! X_X;

    I do agree with you, though, on your closing statement. The movies are never as good as the books — Although on second thought, the first and second Harry Potter movies were pretty Goddamn close! They did a near perfect job with those.

    The newest Harry Potter movies, though, ugh. They just completely butchered them. So unnessesary, too! There’s no need to butcher the HP movies at all, not with the insanely huge budgets WB has to make them! Ugh.

  17. I know most people think Fight Club’s movie incarnation was great and all that, but I didn’t. Helena Bonham Carter just didn’t do it for me, I know she’s supposed to be all queen of mean in her characters, but you can tell she’s trying too hard to be a badass.

  18. I’ve never read any of those books nor watched them as movies but I see your point. I realize sometimes the movie has to differ from the book because not everything from the book can fit into the movie in two hours or so. Still, it annoys the hell out of me every time. The worst thing is when they change things just because they feel like it, to in their minds make it better. If it aint broke don’t try to fix it!


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