Book vs. Movie – The Sun is Also a Star

2016 book I read in February

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2019 movie I watched this month

This might be the first book/movie comparison I’ve done where I say that I liked them both even though they were markedly different in the details. SKIP AHEAD TO THE PLOT PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON”T WANT SPOILERS!

The images of NYC in the movie were stunning and really set the vibe. In the book that vibe was set by the music they listened to and talked about.

In the book Natasha and her family were being deported THAT DAY, but in the movie it was the next morning.

The movie was completely missing the very important character of Irene and also much of the lawyer personal drama.

The reason for their deportation was different. In the movie it was a random raid by ICE, but in the book it was because her father was caught drunk driving.

The movie skipped Natasha and Daniel’s first meeting.

The ending was different and reflected the tone of each. In the movie it was 5 years later and in the book, 10 years.

PLOT/STORY High schooler Natasha and her family are being deported back to Jamaica. Daniel is set to have a college interview that his Korean/American parents are counting on to get him into an Ivy League school so that he can become a doctor. Natasha the pragmatist and Daniel the dreamer meet and spent the day together, falling in love. The book had more magic, more fairy dust and more of the real family relationships. Thumbs up- book

THE VISUAL The movie used NYC to its fullest advantage with the cinematography. The city has never looked better or more modern. Thumbs up – movie

CHARACTERS VS. ACTORS I liked the young characters in the book in all of their sometimes poor decision making glory. In the movie they both felt so much older. Charles Melton was ten years older than Daniel and although his acting was good, the age gap alone was noticeable. Yara Shahidi was closer to the right age. The acting and sparks were solid, but still… Thumbs up – book

THE ENDING As I discussed in the spoilers and a little in the plot, the book had that magical glow that continued all the way to the end. The movie, while I understand the choices that were made, was missing some of that. One ending relied on fate and one had Natasha taking fate into her own hands. Thumbs up- book

And the winner is… the book! I appreciated the movie and the choices it made too, but the book appealed more to the romantic in me.

Other book vs. movie polls you can still vote on: (Good Morning, Midnight/The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

Book vs. Movie – We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
1964

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle (film) - Wikipedia
2018

I listened to audiobook of the cult classic by Shirley Jackson last week and watched the movie with Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, and Sebastian Stan last night on Netflix last night. I always try to be as spoiler free in these comparisons, but make no promises. Read at your own risk.

Story/Plot Merricat, an 18 year old girl, lives with her older sister, Constance, and her Uncle Julian in the big house at the top of the hill. Only Merricat ventures to the village for food and library books, with ridicule thrown at her every step of the way. Uncle Julian is wheelchair bound and sickly and through his ramblings we learn that Constance never leaves the house because she has been ostracized after she was acquitted of killing the rest of her family members six years earlier. One day cousin Charles arrives and the balance in the house shifts. Merricat, who has always practiced spells of protection, must find a way to get rid of Charles. The plot and storyline was virtually the same in both, EXCEPT for two major points near the end. I’m not going to spoil them. My husband didn’t read the book, but watched the movie with me and when I told him what the two differences were said, “Good. Those were the only two interesting parts of the whole movie.” He’s not totally wrong. I think the movie missed the mark by not having more narration by Merricat. Thumbs Up – Book

The Visual I think the movie stayed mostly true to the book, but I did picture it darker and and little more menacing considering the items Merricat was burying around the property for protection. Thumbs Up- Tie

Characters vs Actors Alexandra Daddario’s Constance was spot on. She channeled the vacuousness perfectly. Although, Farmiga did a fine job as Merricat, I don’t think the movie really showcased her because of the lack of narration I mentioned earlier. Being privy to more of Merricat’s thoughts would have benifited this character. There was more emphasis on Connie and Charles in the movie. Crispin Glover as Uncle Julian was fine and Sebastian Stan as Charles was really good, but the two big things they changed in the story did change the character. I’m still undecided if it was better or worse, just different. Thumbs Up – Book

The Ending Well, the two big changes near the end of the movie don’t really change the end. The ends are the same. Thumbs Up- Tie

And the easy winner is… the book!

Other book vs. movie polls you can still vote on: (Good Morning, Midnight/The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

Book vs Movie – Before I Go To Sleep

BeforeIGoToSleep.jpg (2011) vs Before i go to sleep poster.jpg (2014)

I finished the debut work by SJ Watson last week and watched the movie with Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Mark Strong last night.  I’m going to try and be as spoiler free as possible, which is hard to do with a thriller.

Story/Plot Christine wakes up every morning with no memories of her life, except for a few random memories from childhood.  She goes to the bathroom where there are photos taped on the wall of her and her husband Ben.  Every morning Ben goes off to work and she stays home.  When the book and story begin she receives a phone call when from a doctor telling her where to find the journal she has started keeping that might help her understand what is happening to her.  In the book her journal is written and in the movie it’s a video journal she keeps on a camera.  From here there are similarities (the doctor, the best friend) and differences (the relationship with the doctor, the memories that come crashing back, the order of things, the accident, her occupation) but the vibe and intent is the same.  What the movie missed was the day to day helplessness of her situation that kept this reader on the edge of her seat.     Thumbs Up – Book

The Visual They both take place in England and in the book she lived in a city, but the movie has them out a bit and there are lots of shots from above showing the countryside.  The movie looked a little more gloomy than what I pictured in the book, but there was no clear advantage either way.  Thumbs Up- Tie

Characters vs Actors  I love Colin Firth (the real Mr. Darcy) and thought he did a good job with the character.  I thought Nicole Kidman was a good choice for Christine.  I liked Ben Strong as the doctor BUT the changes they made with that character, his age and a few other relationship differences did make me think the movie missed an opportunity.  I understand why they did it, but I would have liked to see the doctor a little younger as he was in the book, more like a Taron Egerton.   Thumbs Up- book

The Ending  The climax of the movie was similar with a few different choices that I’m willing to call a wash, but the movie really finished with the perfect pulling on the heartstrings moment.   Thumbs Up- movie 

And the winner is…the BOOK! 

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) (Good Morning, Midnight/ The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

Book vs. Movie – The Little Prince (2015)

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We finished reading this book as a family in February.  It’s a 1943 novella written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery and has been voted the best book of the 20th century in France.  Last week I saw the movie pop up on Netflix and finally sat down to watch it yesterday.  I admit there were tears during both.  I’m a total sap.

The Story/Plot  One day a little golden haired prince shows up in the desert where an aviator has crashed his airplane.   He is peculiar and has an amazing planet hopping story to tell.  The two form a friendship as they search for ways to survive.  That’s in the book and the movie.  However, the movie adds a whole other story.  I think it’s safe to say that this other modern story is what the movie is about and the The Little Prince as it was written is just a part.  The aviator survives and years later as an old man he befriends a lonely girl and shares the story.  At this point, the movie completely jumps into something else entirely and I don’t want to spoil it.  Because of this addition, the story of the Little Prince really changes.  Surprisingly, I loved them both.  The movie, while diverging held true to the spirit of the book.  Thumbs up – tie

The Visual  I LOVED the pop-up book of the story we read, but the animation was wonderful and fresh.  I loved the animation and the 3D stop motion used.    Thumbs up – the movie

Characters vs. Actors  In the book there are way fewer characters and none of them jumped off the page as much as they came to life in the movie.  It didn’t hurt that the movie was narrated by all star cast (Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Benecio del Toro, Albert Brooks, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Marion Cotillard, and others)  If this is one of  your favorite books I can see that what they do with your beloved characters might rankle a bit, but as for me it didn’t bother me so much.  Thumbs up – the movie

The Ending  I mentioned from the top that both made me cry, so they have that in common, but not much else.  The book is just a part of the movie and the movie is a continuation of the book and the endings have parallels.  Confused yet?  Me too.  Both work so I’m not choosing one.  Thumbs up – tie

And the winner is…the movie.  The book is so classic and pure that I almost feel guilty for liking the movie more.

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) (Good Morning, Midnight/ The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

Book vs. Movie – Charlie St. Cloud

Title: The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, Author: Ben Sherwood vs Charlie st cloud poster.jpg

I read the book (with the longer title) last month and was happy to see that Netflix had the 2010 movie ready for me.  I actually had the copy of the book with Zac Ephron on the cover so was picturing him as I read and that wasn’t really a problem 🙂 Sometimes I don’t know which will come out on top until I work through the categories, but I know even before I start which one worked better here.  I’ve tried not to contain spoilers.

The Story/Plot Charlie St. Cloud is a young man who was going places before a crash in high school killed his little brother.  He made a promise to his brother not to leave him and to meet him in the woods every evening to practice baseball.  So, Charlie takes a job at the neighboring cemetery so that he can keep that promise.  Not only can he interact with his dead brother but also the other spirits who are dead but have not yet crossed over.  Enter Tess who catches Charlie’s eye and tests his commitment to his brother.

This framework is the same for both the book and movie.  There were fewer spirits in the movie (which I missed), his relationship with his brother was closer in the book, the stuff with Tess happened way out of order in the movie to the detriment of the story, and there was more discussion about life after death in the book.   Thumbs up…the book

The Visual  The New England Coast is a beautiful place and the movie held up its end, although I read that they filmed in Canada.  Either way, it was beautiful.   Thumbs up…the movie

Characters vs. Actors  Since I pictured Zac Ephron as Charlie while I was reading the book he became Charlie for me.  I thought that they would have someone else play his younger 15 year old self in the movie, but instead they made his younger self 18 so there wouldn’t be another actor.  I wasn’t a fan of the aging, but I liked Ephron in the role.  My husband’s favorite part of the movie was the younger brother, Sam, but that’s because he hadn’t read the book I think. The book Sam was a much happier spirit and I preferred him.  Kim Basinger was the mom who made a brief appearance in the movie, but the mom was never part of the action of the book.  She didn’t add much or serve any purpose.  For some reason they aged and changed the EMT who saved Charlie’s life so Ray Liotta could play him.  The only reason I can see that they did this was so they could get a big name in the movie even if only for a scene or two.  The movie messed with the second scene between these two characters so the big name was a wash for me.  Amanda Crew was fine as Tess.  There were additional secondary characters in the movie that were completely unnecessary.   Thumbs up…the book

The Ending  The end result was almost the same, but I could’ve skipped the extra melodrama of the movie.  Thumbs up…the book

And the winner is…the book!  If they had stuck with the simplicity of the book the movie would have been so much better.

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) (Good Morning, Midnight/ The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

Book vs. Movie – Far From the Madding Crowd

Title: Far From the Madding Crowd (Barnes & Noble Classics Series), Author: Thomas Hardy VS Title: Far From the Madding Crowd

I watched the 2015 movie last year and finally got around to the book, originally published in 1874, this month.  Often, I don’t really know which one will come out as the winner until I start typing, but that wasn’t the case with this one.  The list is a formality.

The Story/Plot  Bathsheba inherits a farm and all the staff that comes with it.  The spirited, independent woman is courted by three very different men.  Although the movie told some of the chapters out of order, for the most part it was the same story.  The two changes that stood out the most were the tragic story of Fanny and the change in Farmer Boldwood and neither was better or worse, just different.  Thumbs Up – tie

The Visual  The movie was gorgeous and really brought England in the late 19th century to life. The big advantage here is that even when the book was slow moving, the movie made it beautiful to watch.  Thumbs Up – movie

Characters vs. Actors  I loved, loved , loved the cast.  Carey Mulligan gave Bathsheba the sparkle and wink that I was missing in the book.  Sure all the men were in love with her, but until I saw Carey onscreen I felt it was more about her successful station in life as opposed to anything to do with her personally.  And Matthias Shoenaerts  as Gabriel Oak was perfection and everything I envisioned from the book for this loyal heart.  Michael Sheen as Farmer Boldwood was the biggest departure from the novel.  I’m not sure which one is better.  In one Boldwood is obsessed with Bathsheba and in the other it comes off more as intensity. In the movie he seemed more of an acceptable choice so that was nice.  As for Tom Sturridge as Troy, who cares, he’s a jackass in both.  Thumbs Up – movie

The Ending  The result of their fates was the same, but the storytelling cleaned it up a bit for the movie.  Thumbs Up – movie

And the winner is…the MOVIE by a long shot.  Watch the trailer and see what you think and then vote in the poll.

 

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

Book vs. Movie – Girl on the Train

The Girl On The Train (US cover 2015).png vs. The Girl on The Train.jpg

I really liked the book when I read it last year and Jason and I finally got around to seeing the movie last week.  There might be smallish spoilers.  It’s really impossible to talk about either without revealing points that make it worth reading/watching.

The Story/Plot Rachel is a drunk and every day as she rides the train from her home to the big city she watches a couple in love as the train roars past, giving them names and a story of their own.  This is the starting point for both and the way the story unfolds is similar, but different enough to notice.  Location, location, location.  In the book Rachel lives outside of London, in the movie it’s New York.  In the book the story moved between three women, all connected in ways that revealed themselves slowly.  The movie told their stories in a different order and sanitized some aspects so the overall effect wasn’t nearly as twisty. In the book we got into the minds of these women in ways that were missed onscreen.  Thumbs Up – Book

The Visual  Since I live in Ohio, I would have much preferred the setting of London, a place I would love to visit someday.  The screen did get some of the darker scenes right, but nothing my imagination didn’t do as well or better.   Thumbs Up – Book

Characters vs. Actors This is the category where the most significant changes were made, in my opinion.  Rachel is an overweight, unhappy drunk who is obsessed with other people.  Emily Blunt did an admirable job, but the storytelling did her a disservice.  The movie went of its way to redeem her, even adding a character (Lisa Kudrow) to show us that she really was a good person.  She wasn’t the only one they made less interesting.  Rebecca Ferguson as the ex-wife and Luke Evans as the missing woman’s husband were both a shade or two less dark than they should have been to make them as compelling as they were in the book.  Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Laura Prepon and Haley Bennett rounded out the all-star cast and make this one hard to judge.  I’ll call this one a wash because I did love the cast, but I also think the dark edge of the characters was superior in the book.   Thumbs Up – Tie

The Ending The ending was as close as it could have been, although I could’ve done without the last scene in the police station (further redemption of Rachel was unnecessary).  I guess for that reason I’d choose the book, but it’s close.  Thumbs Up – Book

And the winner is…the book!  There wasn’t anything wrong with the movie but it didn’t come close to packing the punch that the book did.

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

T – Book vs. Movie – Tuck Everlasting

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This is a semi-regular feature where I talk about which was better, the book or the movie.  Most of the time I don’t know which will come out on top until I’ve worked my way through some of the criteria, and this is one of those times.  Let’s see how it all pans out.

The Story/Plot- A family, two parents and two sons, discover not just a fountain of youth but a spring of immortal water.  They drink it without realizing what it was until later.  Every ten years each member of the family reconvenes where they drank the water, which happens to be in Winnie’s backyard.  Winnie is 11 in the book and around 15 or 16 in the book.  The family kidnaps her when she discovers their secret so that they can explain why she must keep their secret, none of them realizing that a man in a yellow suit is hot on the family’s trail and ready to cash in on the water.  The two mostly aligned but the movie really played up the Jesse/Winnie flirtation and made that central to the story.  In the book the whole family drew her in.   Thumbs up…book.

The Visual  I thought the movie was beautifully shot and really brought the land to life.  Thumbs up…movie.

Characters vs. Actors  I have loved Jonathan Jackson since he was Lucky on General Hospital as a kid (I remember watching GH on and off until Gage came along), so he was a real draw for me.  The rest of the cast, too, was top notch; William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Alexis Bledel, Ben Kingsley, Victor Garber, Amy Irving.  My issue, really, is with the aging of Winnie.  I know there’s not a lot of difference between a 106 year old making a play for an 11 or 16 year old, but it was easier to keep the innocence when Winnie was 11.  Thumbs up…book.

The Ending There were some differences in the ending, it’s really just about preference.  If you like the romance you’ll probably prefer the movie, but I really liked the book.  I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t read it or seen it yet 🙂  Thumbs up…book.

And the winner is…the Book!!!!

Now it’s your turn to vote

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) (Good Morning, Midnight/ The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

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N- Book Vs. Movie – Northanger Abbey

I wasn’t sure I was going to compare the two because I listened to the book in 2014 and so many of the details alluded me, but after I watched the 2007 movie and re-read my book review I think I can manage a limited comparison.

The Story/Plot  Catherine, one of 10 children living in the country, was invited by her neighbors to visit Bath and attend some balls.  Catherine was young, read so many gothic novels that her imagination was vivid, and was drawn into a friendship under somewhat false pretenses.  She meets Henry and his sister and is invited back to their home.  There, with the death of their mother still lingering and an abrasive father present, she imagines the worst and her time at Northanger Abbey is cut short.   I felt like there were some differences at the end, but I may just be remembering the book wrong. Either way, both worked.  Thumbs up…tie.

The Visual  Hm.  Like with most stories that are set in a period long gone I think that the movie can bring to the story to life in a way that your imagination might not be able to accomplish.  So, the dresses, the complicated dances at balls, the old castles, all gave the movie the edge.  I even found Catherine’s bookish daydreams fun in the context of the movie, even of they felt a little cheesy.  Thumbs up…movie.

Characters vs. Actors  I LOVED the casting of this movie.  A young Felicity Jones was perfect as the wide-eyed Catherine and JJ Field, who I recognized from Austenland, had that twinkle in his eye that had me (and Catherine ) falling for him.  Carey Mulligan was fantastic as the gold digging friend.  The whole cast was amazing.  Thumbs up…movie

The Ending  As I said in the plot section, I don’t remember the end of the book in enough detail.  If I track down my book and find the time to re-read it I’ll come back and change this 🙂

And the winner is… the movie!

Now it’s your turn to vote

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) (Good Morning, Midnight/ The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)

M – Book vs. Movie – Me Before You

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This is a semi-regular feature where I talk about which was better, the book or the movie.  Most of the time I don’t know which will come out on top until I’ve worked my way through some of the criteria, but this one was an easy pick.

The Story/Plot  In a small English village dominated by a huge castle, Louisa lives with her family working dead end jobs to help her family make ends meet.  She is inexplicably hired by the Traynors of the castle to be a companion to their son, who is in a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury.  Will is depressed, moody, and pushes everyone away because of the pain he’s in, both mentally and physically.  Louisa is chatty and energetic and it isn’t long before the two start to form a friendship.  When Louisa finds out why she was really hired she goes into overdrive trying to make Will feel like his life can be just as good as it was before the accident.

The movie left one very important plot piece out, why Louisa didn’t stay at school and why she was still living at home.  Did the movie have to have it? No.  But Louisa, and the book, were better off for it.   Thumbs up…book

The Visual  This is a tough one because I really don’t think there was much of an advantage seeing it onscreen.  Sure, it was nice to see the pretty castle scenes, but everything else was pretty much just as good in my head as I was reading it.   Thumbs up…tie

Characters vs. Actors  Here’s where I might hear from some of you.  I pretty much hated Emilia Clarke as Louisa.  She got some things right, yes, but her eyebrows took on the bulk of the acting and I spent more time watching them on screen than anything else.   She was not Louisa.  I thought Sam Clafin did a good job as Will and Louisa’s boyfriend, Matthew Lewis, was spot on as Patrick.  The parents of both were excellent.  So, it was really Louisa that was the problem for me and that was a pretty big problem.   Thumbs up…tie

The Ending  So, given my complaints about Louisa, imagine my surprise when I was crying at the end.  I knew the end.  It was not a surprise.  Yet, I cried quite a bit.  Jason watched it with me and didn’t know the end and he didn’t cry because he didn’t believe it.  He was still unsure about it and I can see that.  The last scene with Louis and Will felt rushed.     Thumbs up…book

And the easy winner is… the book!!!!

Now it’s your turn to vote

Other book vs. movie polls you can vote on: (We Have Always Lived in the Castle) (Good Morning, Midnight/ The Midnight Sky) (Before I Go To Sleep) (The Little Prince) (Charlie St. Cloud) (Far From the Madding Crowd(The Girl on the Train) (Tuck Everlasting)  (Northanger Abbey) (Me Before You) (And Then There Were None) (Still Alice) (The Blind Side) (The Fault in Our Stars) (The Hound of the Baskervilles) (Gone Girl) (Jack Reacher) (Ender’s Game) (Carrie, the original) (Under the Tuscan Sun) (The Secret Life of Bees) (The Shining, the original)