“The book is always better than the movie” is a common saying, but, depending on what he/she plans to get out of his/her downtime this may not be true. Managing to condense a novel that would take days to read into a mere two hours is quite a feat. Movies are a good alternative for those who don’t want to spend hours, days or even weeks with their nose in a book so it can be rather convenient for those who do not have the time to dedicate to pages of words.
While there is always something lost in translation, there can also be something gained from the visual manifestation of the book. For those that have trouble envisioning a world that is not their own, it could be entirely beneficial. The characters are created to be appealing to the audience, no thought required. The set requires no fantastic, flowery description and is crystal clear, no miscommunications between the writer and the watcher.
It doesn’t matter how good the movie is, most readers will find something to complain about, the set, the makeup, the cast. Since the imagination is what guides the reader through the book it’s reasonable for the majority of the reading population to conceptualize the author’s work differently. However, there are some movies that didn’t even come close the viewers’ fantasies, one of which being the Twilight Saga. IMDB users ranked it at a low 5.4, New Moon at 4.5, and Eclipse at 4.7 and Rotten Tomatoes had very little good to say about all three movies.
Here is a short list popular books turned movies coming soon to theaters:
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 – November 18, 2011
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – December 21, 2011
We Bought a Zoo – December 23, 2011
The Lorax (Dr. Seuss) – March 2, 2012
The Hunger Games – March 23, 2012
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – June 22, 2012
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – November 16, 2012