The Harry Potter books were amazing and turned into brilliant movies. The Twilight books had crappy writing but a great idea that pulled me in. The first Twilight movie was so campy and ridiculous that although I liked it, I still make fun of regularly… but the following films got better with different directors and actually were pretty great, IMHO.
A book that I struggled reading was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It took over half of the book for me to get into it because there was SO much information purging done, but once I got to the actual action I loved it, and I subsequently loved the other two books as well. I’ve yet to see the Swedish versions of the films (they’re in my Netflix queue though!) but the American version of the first book pretty much blew my mind. Not only because Daniel Craig is freaking hot and Rooney Mara is my latest celebrity crush… but also because it was an awesome film version of the book without all of the back story bullshit that I hated about the book so much.
I absolutely LOVED the book The DaVinci Code and was really excited about the movie when I heard it was being made. Then of course the movie came out and was SO incredibly ass sucking that I left the theater at the end royally pissed off that the film was so bad in relation to the book.
The Lovely Bones is another book that I adore and when I heard it was going to be a movie I was uber excited. Then I saw the preview and thought, “Huh… that doesn’t look right.” When I finally saw the film, it was okay but certainly was a letdown that didn’t live up to the book at all.
My Sister’s Keeper was a fantastic book and when I saw the movie preview I cried because it was so moving. There were a lot of readers who were royally pissed because the movie version of the book changed the ending… Unlike my anger with the changing of the end of The DaVinci Code, however, the changing of My Sister’s Keeper didn’t piss me off and I loved the movie.
Tomorrow night/Friday morning I with millions of other people will be at the midnight premiere of the film version of Suzanne Collin’s book The Hunger Games. I am geekishly excited about this film. I adored the books… well, book three pissed me off, but in general I loved the series. While I was reading the first book the cast of the film was being chosen and almost daily I’d find out which actor was playing which character, so the people I’ll see in the film were mostly the people I had in my head while reading. I have an extreme love for Josh Hutcherson too… I’m Team Peeta all the way!
Last September I bought the books for my baby brother’s 16th birthday and pretty much demanded that he read the first book by this week so that he’d have read it before the movie. It took him a while, but about a week ago I got a text that he’d finished the book and now is equally geeked about seeing the movie. His texts about how excited he is totally make my day, by the way. Sadly he’s not going to the midnight premiere with me, being that it’s a school night and all… but we have a date for the weekend to see the movie together. 🙂
The previews for the film send me into Geek Mode… I simply can’t wait for this movie! By seeing the previews and seeing sneak peeks of scenes, I have to say it looks pretty awesome. I truly hope that the movie is as good as we all hope it’s going to be and as awesome as it looks. I mean, it has to be epic, right? Nearly every person cast in this film appears to be perfectly cast. I was a little iffy on Woody Harrelson, because I’d heard rumors of Dennis Quaid getting the role of Haymitch and I really wanted that to happen, but seeing Woody in costume sold me and I think he’s going to be awesome.
So yeah… to say that I’m excited about this movie is a bit of an understatement. Tomorrow night when I get into line for the midnight premiere, I’ll be in my geekish glory with a bunch of other book nerds and I’m totally going to enjoy it! If you haven’t read the books… go do it now and thank me later!
“May the odds ever be in your favor!”