July 13, 2009

We musn't sink beneath our anguish, but battle on. . .



Have you seen the commercials for the new Harry Potter movie? (That comes out on my birthday, incidentally.) Do they annoy you too?
Don't get me wrong. I love Harry Potter. I am verging on Harry Potter fanaticism. And that is why the movies annoy me. They get everything wrong! Have you noticed too? Or are you not quite as crazy as I am? Probably not. . .
For example, have you ever noticed that in the 3rd movie they completely left out the fact that Harry's Patronus is a stag because of his father? Well, they don't. And in the 4th movie, does the part where the dragon chases Harry all through Hogwarts drive you nuts? Because you know they are putting it in there for more action and sacrificing elements crucial to the story, just so the movie can be a little bit more thrilling? And I have to admit, I am already annoyed about the new movie because in the trailer they show the bridge collapsing, something that doesn't even happen during the book's timeline, but before the books opening, and is only referenced in the book?
(Are you kind of understanding my craziness here? And why my husband no longer will watch these movies with me?)
I am always annoyed by the movie adaptions of books. They are never as good. But I think that the Harry Potter movies take the cake when it comes to annoyance. How about you? Do you like the movies? Or are there any books that you can't take the movie adaptions of?

13 comments:

Momza said...

Twilight. I only read the books because my teen daughters were and I wanted to know what they were reading. The books were better than I imagined. And then the movie came out, and I was so glad I waited to see it for Free online.
It wasn't worth two cents. It seemed to mock the intensity altogether and I am not even mildly interested in seeing New Moon.

Mallory said...

I love the books, and nothing can be as good as them. BUT, I really like the movies, too. And, you have to remember, the movies are only based on the books. They aren't really supposed to be the books in movie form. It is always nice when a movie represents the book it is based on perfectly, but I don't criticize or get annoyed when they are different.

heather said...

I love the books AND the movies. I know that they have to alter/ leave out details for the movies, but they don't bother me too much because the casting was pretty much perfect (for me anyway) I mean, they found actual faces to fit the ones I was picturing all along.

And, just because your first commenter brought it up, I like the Twilight movie because it was so different from the book ;)

Funny.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Hmmm, I guess I feel that I understand why they do these things and I am okay with it. However, I am not a Harry fanatic. I have still not even read the last two books. (I know! How bad am I?)

Aubrey said...

Ugh. The Harry Potter movies drive me nuts, to the point that I have to watch them in segments, because I can't get through an entire movie without going crazy. I hate that they leave so much stuff out, then spend so much time on things that don't really happen. And I hate that all the people that are supposed to be attractive aren't. Maybe in England people find their characters attractive, but I don't. Every time a new HP movie comes out I try again to watch the previous ones, but I just can't do it w/out complaining the whole movie. And Matt joins in with me. So we're totally with you on this one. :)

Kristina P. said...

I've never read the books. The only reason I've even seen the movies is because of my husband.

I heard that the ending was changed drastically in My Sister's Keeper.

Carolyn said...

I just try to separate them in my head. A book. A movie. Possibly similar but two different things. It is good to not read the book before watching the movie...then the movie really stinks...even if it's ok by itself. Am I making sense?

Probably not. Oh well.

Debbie said...

My friend Jenni is really into HP so I hear her say stuff like that all the time. It's so funny. I read the books but I didn't get totally into the details so the I enjoy the movies.

Princess Bride the movie doesn't annoy me but I could see a few things in the book that I wish would have made it into the movie or that were just fun.

And of course Twilight. I wish they would have named it differently so there wouldn't be any comparisons.

Melinda said...

It depends on how much I love the books, I LOVE the Harry Potter books, so when they leave out all the important parts, it makes me sad because people that haven't read the books will never understand how amazing they are!! I usually go through the Harry Potter movies and re-explain them to my husband the whole time! :)
But I still love the movies too because they're a little taste of the books and its fun for me! :)

Barbaloot said...

I'll be honest---I've never read Harry Potter. Please don't hate me! But I understand about how you feel about books to movies. Have you ever read Ella Enchanted and seen the movie? It's hardly the same story!

pan x 8 said...

I love the Harry Potter movies but it's because I haven't read the books. My 10-year-old has read all of the books that are in the children's section. Haven't let him venture into the Young Adult section... And they've only seen the PG movies.. Hmm.. he does love the books way better though then the movies he has seen!

Diamond in the Rough said...

I like the HP books better than the movies, same with Twilight but I do have to say I like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants better on movie than the books. Anyway... I don't like it when they leave out the really important stuff too; but I try to understand that they can't put everything into the movie; I try (not that it always works)!!! :) and I hope you had a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Rachelle said...

I wonder if my hubby and i are the only ones in the world who have never seen a Harry Potter movie! hmmm... i guess we are waiting for them all to be done and then watch them in a row. LOL! One of these days!

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