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Sep 25

But is the movie really better? by Michelle Flaws

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 25, 2020 at 1:34 PM by Genesis Gaule

Recently I found myself scrolling through all of the newest book adaptations available on Netflix. Young adult novels are really having a moment--which got me thinking about some of my favorites. Some readers may argue with some of my choices but polling my coworkers on their picks was entertaining because we all appreciate different genres and their adaptations

So what movies made it onto the good list?

What about the bad?

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne was filmed in 1995 with Gary Oldman and Demi Moore, in one word: embarrassing. The adaptation miserably failed to portray the suspense and restraint behind this forbidden love story. Eragon by Christopher Paolini hit the big screen in 2006 and despite having seasoned actors and a well established production company, it left the fans much to desire. The costumes, the special effects and the dialogue did not match the thrill we felt when reading the novel for the first time.

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells received a second screen adaptation in 1996 with Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer and David Thewlis playing titular characters. Filming and production on this movie was notorious for setbacks and crew disagreements; did the heat from filming on location render them unproductive? The movie lacks the ability to demonstrate the horror that is a man toying with nature to create hybrid creatures. While the story is supposed to be disturbing, this remake leaves much to be desired. Every time I think of Marlon Brando wearing white face paint and a giant kaftan I face-palm.

What about those adaptations that have inconsistencies with its novel counterpart but are still worth seeing in the movie theatre?

Here are some recommendations:

Watch them and compare! Decide for yourself and become a fan of the book and the movie!

Aug 21

Family Book & Movie Night by Genesis Gaule

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 21, 2020 at 3:09 PM by Genesis Gaule

Bring out the blankets and popcorn! Here’s three book-to-screen picks for your next Family Movie (and Book) Night. Check out both formats with our Front Door Pick Up Service and let your family decide who did it better--the movie or the book.


Book cover smiling giant sits on a rock holding a small girl in his open hand who is talking to him

The BFG

by Roald Dahl
Formats:
Book, CD, e-aduio
Ages: 7 and up

A young girl in a nightgown stands next to a pair of giant feet, staring up looking off screen

The BFG

PG | 2016
Format: DVD
Ages: 8 and up

Sneaking about during the Witching Hour, Sophie spies a giant blowing what looks like a trumpet into the window across the street. Being found out, the giant whisks her away regaling her about the many ways giants like to eat humans. But if this Big Friendly Giant isn’t looking for a midnight snack, why did he kidnap her?

Roald Dahl’s unique humor and wordplay bring this tale about discovering friendship and family in the unlikeliest places to life. With an imaginative world and a bit of gross-out humor, The BFG has loads of appeal for young readers and makes it a delightful book to read out loud. Parents should be aware of minor racial insensitivity typical of the 1980s, which can work as a good talking point for families.

The movie's dark tone may be intense for younger viewers, but its moments of sweetness mirror the book’s themes of empathy and courage.

Talk about it together! ReadBrightly Discussion Guide

Love Roald Dahl? Also check out James and the Giant Peach in book, CD, and DVD

a young pre-teen girl in a simple renaissance dress, flashes a mischievous smile to the view

Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine
Format:
Book
Ages: 11 and up

Portrait of Anne Hathaway in a princess crown, smiles at the viewer; a unicorn, castle, and rainbow

Ella Enchanted

PG | 2012
Format: Blu-Ray
Ages: 9 and up

When Ella was born, Lucinda the Fairy bestowed upon her a "gift": that she shall always be obedient. Now, anyone can order Ella to do anything--regardless of whether it's dangerous or in her best interests. Can Ella break the spell and choose her own path?

This book is a great pick for lovers of fairy-tale fantasy for older kids (and adults, too). With a bit of romance and a handful of adventure, this engaging and story is bound to charm with its clever, empowering twist on the classic Cinderella trope.

And although it takes on a sillier tone and departs significantly from the book, the movie is still a fun, high-spirited romp for fans of movies like Shrek and The Princess Bride.

Talk about it together! Scholastic Discussion Guide [PDF]

Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson
Formats:
Book, e-book
Ages: 10 and up

Preteen boy and girl walk through an archway to a land of giants and castles

Bridge to Terabithia

PG | 2007
Format: DVD
Ages: 10 and up

Escaping their reality of overbearing parents and bullies at school, two preteen outsiders--Jess and Leslie--form a fast bond creating their own magical kingdom of Terabithia. It not only becomes their safe haven from their real-world problems, but also a source of strength to solve them. But when a tragic accident shatters their idyllic world, one is left to cope with their grief without the other.

The Bridge to Terabithia is a thoughtful drama laced with light fantasy adventure. Both the book and the movie tackle mature themes of loneliness, parental affection, bullying, and death through its captivating, tender story of an unforgettable friendship. An excellent choice for tween readers, it offers a lot of topics for families to talk about together. Reading or watching, prepare to have tissues ready; this one may get your tears flowing.

Talk about it together! Scholastic Discussion Guide [PDF]


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