Monday, August 20, 2012

Cheating on Books

I'm not proud of this ... but I feel I must be honest with you. 
My #1 Life Rule is this : READ THE BOOK FIRST, watch the movie later.

First, no judging that my life rule is this boring. Second, I love that rules are made to be broken, and all that jazz ... however, I really try to not break this one. This time, I thought that I didn't want to read the book version of either of these movies. Now, I'm not so sure.

Read after the jump to see my rule breakers.

The First Rule Breaker Was

The Help

I didn't want to read this book because I never like books that "everyone" likes. I tried to read "The Tiger's Wife" earlier this year because "everyone" had told me I'd love it. I didn't finish it ... I made myself read 3/4 of it and I returned it to the library without ever looking back. 

But this movie ... it was heart breaking and challenging and fantastic and I loved every second of it. I loved all of the characters, I felt the emotion, I connected ... if the book is always better than the movie, then this book must be brilliant! I actually can't wait t read it. Sigh, now I wish I hadn't watched the movie first.

Look at these women - don't you want to wear those costumes and live in their lives for a little while ... without the racial inequality. 

The Second Rule Breaker Was

Eat, Pray, Love

I like Julia Roberts ... I like travel ... I love food ... I love God ... however, I didn't love this movie.

I had several people tell me it was fantastic, just as many tell me the book was a terribly long saga that was both depressing and boring. I'm sure I won't be reading the book, so I don't know if that is a fair assumption, but I do know the movie version was fairly dull and I don't understand Liz's character. How does one get to the point that they can't identify with their own life? I hope I never find out. 

Things I did like about the movie ... most of Julia Robert's wardrobe (I'd love to look relaxed, but put together) and that she rode a bike with a giant basket all over. I want to ride a bike without getting hot and sweaty. How does one ride to work? I suppose they are in better shape that I :)

If you loved the movie or the book, please tell me, I need to hear some redeeming stories.

1 comment:

  1. The book "The Help" was FANTASTIC -- and you get so much more depth from the characters than you do in the movie, of course. The audio book is brilliant -- all the voice actors are superb! I'd highly recommend it.

    I don't know about the other one, but I have no interest in it, so I won't be able to tell you :)