Wednesday, August 12, 2009
So last night I watched the movie, my sisters keeper, after just recently finishing the book. As some of you may or may not know the ending is nothing like the book. If you've read the book, I think you will agree that the ending, is what makes the book the masterpiece that it is.
Don't worry I'm not going into details of the book or movie, because I don't want to spoil it for those of you who have not read the book. If you saw the movie but didn't read the book, READ the book. They are nothing alike, you will be amazed.
So anyway. Does anyone else wonder why, when a book is turned into a movie, they change so many things? I'm talking about big things, like the ending of the book, and small things, like the age of Anna. I don't want to spoil anything with specific examples but the movie was far off from the book. It didn't focus on the court case at all. It didn't go into any of the characters like the brother Jessie, the Lawyer Campbell and Julia. Even the roll the sister played was way off.
I don't want the length of the movie be the reason to change the entire story line either. I mean hello Harry Potter, was what 3 plus hrs long. This book was really good and could hold your attention for 3hrs if done like the book
So there were some similarities, but for what it's worth, they weren't the important parts of the book. I mean yeah, Kate is sick, Anna doesn't want to help her, that all is the same. Surprisingly the boyfriend part of the movie also ties to the book, except the part after prom. To me none of that matters, because it's all about the court case and the build up to the shocking end. Anna's testimony and the last two chapters of the book. Without all the filler in the middle, the end wouldn't have been as great as it was. It left my mouth wide open, I couldn't even cry because I was in shock.
Don't get me wrong, the movie for what it was was good. I shed tears, I won't lie, but if you are watching the movie because you really loved the book, you will be very disappointed, pissed off even like me.
So, this morning I wanted to email Jodi Picoult and ask why she would even let her book be associated with this movie, and I guess many other fans have already "called her out!" As this note was on her web page.
Yes, I know the ending is different. Yes, I know some of you are very upset. I didn’t change it. The author has no control over the movie, and it was hard for me to accept too. However, there’s a great deal in the movie that I think is great, and I enjoyed watching it - and I hope you did too. Please don’t email me asking me why I changed the ending, or “let” Hollywood do that - it wasn’t something I had any control over.
So do you agree with her? Do you really think she had absolutely no say in how HER book was portrayed on film? She didn't have to sell the rights to the book, you know. And when she did sell the rights, knowing how movies can murder books, she could have sold it with the specific terms of matching the story.
Or is this just an excuse, and she didn't really care how the book was portrayed after all, as it was all for the money?
I really want to read her next book Handle With Care, but now I don't know. I don't like people who sell out their GREAT work for money
Let me know what you think, by VOTING IN MY POLL. Right sidebar labeled SELL OUT OR BELIEVER.
Hoping The Time Travelers Wife movie, doesn't make these same mistakes