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Book to Movie… are you a fan?

 So I was a cliché reader and read all the Fifty Shades of Grey books by E. L. James.  Fifty Shades of Grey deals with a college senior who meets a quirky billionaire while doing an assignment for her friend.  The two quickly fall in love but Ana soon learns that her billionaire lover comes with skeletons in his closet.  Readers quickly get entangled in their love story and all the craziness that it brings.   I read all three books when they came out and decided to read the first one again and watch the movie.  Crazy Christian Grey and shy Anastasia Steele were my romance babies and as weird as they were, I adored the love that they shared for each other and I couldn’t wait for it to play out in the movie.  I know a lot of people felt that the book was poorly written and yes you did have to skip through a lot of the *uhm* scenes within the book but I actually enjoyed it! So, while I was late in watching the movie, I was still very excited nonetheless.  BUT BOY WAS I DISAPPOINTED!! When the movie was over, I was actually angry!  I was very disappointed at the lack of compatibility the characters had vs. how you felt they should have been by reading the book.    Throughout the movie I kept thinking okay, okay get to the good parts, the true romantic scenes; however I felt they never came.   In addition, the movie was very long and I swear only captured the first like 4 chapters of the book… grrr I am getting mad all over again! This book to movie collaboration made me realize that I was a stickler for wanting the movie to be JUST LIKE THE BOOK, it’s only fair right?!

Well, what I found was, there are times when it is okay…

Let’s fast forward to “How to be Single” by Liz Tuccillo. Okay so I read this book while I was engaged! I did get a few brow lifts but the book looked very interesting when reading the description so I went for it. The book is about  a 38 year old single woman who is fed up with dating in NY so decides to quit her job and sets off to find out how women around the world deal with “being single  in a world that wants you married”.  Interesting right?!  The reader takes a journey with the main character who meets and interviews different women who help the main character define her vision of love, happiness, and what is considered normal.  CAN I GET A YASSS TO A GOOD STORY LINE?!  So needless to say,  after reading the book I was giddy about this movie!  Therefore my now husband and I spent our Friday  date night at the movies watching “How to be Single” (he’s a keeper I know! ).  Guys the movie was nothing like the book!  The movie dealt with a college graduate who decided to break up with her boyfriend and venture around New York City meeting men and enjoying the single life.  Uhmmm… what happened to quitting your job, meeting other women, and heck why is the main character in the movie so young!?    After the movie I sat and waited for disappoint to trickle in, but it never did!  The movie was cute  and I actually enjoyed it.  Granted I was confused as to why they even said the book and movie were one in the same, because it wasn’t, but unlike Fifty Shades of Grey, it didn’t bother me that much.

So all in all, I really do believe it just depends on how you’re feeling. I went on to read then watch Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins, Addicted by Zane, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. With each book/movie I went back and forth and decided that I prefer not to watch a movie after reading a book.  I enjoyed deciding what each character looked like, their emotions and my perception of them and most times the movies just didn’t do the book justice. So what do you think?  Do you prefer reading a book and then watching the movies or do you believe each should just stay in their own lane?

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22 thoughts on “Book to Movie… are you a fan?”

  1. Great article!! Yes I am almost always disappointed with the movie version of a book, with the one exception of Pride and Prejudice haha, the 6 hour version only! In that instance I still love what the book offers, but also love what the movie offers, but most other times it is just never good enough 🙂

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  2. Movies can never be as good as the books are. But i like watching them after reading the book and yes, sometimes i feel so disappointed. I really enjoyed the ”light between the oceans” movie and book.

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  3. I think most of the time, the books has more of a depth in the story than the movie. Since the book comes out first, and the movie is made based on the book and the storyline. I have never watched the 50 shades of grey but I want to read the book!

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    1. I agree! Someone earlier said that the movie can only put so much book content in a 1.5 hour movie :). I’m still a stickler though lol. And I enjoyed the 50 Shades books, you may just enjoy them too!

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  4. Well written, I haven’t watched or read Fifty Shades of Grey, however, I watched How to be single. It was a bit disappointing because I was expecting something different but it was funny at the end :). And now I always chose to either read the book or watch the movies. I understand they can’t project everything that is in the book to a movie but as you said… sometimes it’s TOO much. My only exception is Harry Potter, I think I did a good job to keep those 2 separated in my mind. The books are one thing and the movies are another thing. I love them both 🙂

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    1. I agree with you! I wasn’t expecting How to be Single to be the way it was either! But I agree with you, I think I’ll just keep the movie and book separate 🙂

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    1. lol I just couldn’t get with 50 Shades 😩 I wanted to so bad but I just couldn’t lol. But I will agree that How to be single was a very good movie! Don’t read the books since you enjoy the movies, it will mess up your experience 🙂 lol

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  5. I’m always disappointed about book to movie transitions (Game of Thrones I’m talking to you). But like someone said above, Harry was really good 🙂

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  6. Hey nice post! I watched 50 Shades and thought it was okay but my friend who I went with and has read all of the books also said that it was a big disappointment. I much prefer to read the books however sometimes they do live up to the hype e.g the Harry Potter movies. I LOVE those movies!

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    1. The movie is the cutest! And I agree, it definitely depends on the film company! I’m totally shocked that they didn’t mirror the book at all though!

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  7. Ok so I am one of those weird people who does the reverse. I like watching the movie first. If I like the movie a lot then I figure, “man the book will be AWESOME.” Then I read the book and I am like super satisfied. haha There are times when I have read the book first (especially classics) and most of the time I am disappointed but every once in a while I am pleasantly surprised.

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    1. Maybe I should try this method! My husband is a movie lover so he will probably appreciate this way better instead of me yelling at the screen after reading the book b/c it is so different lol

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  8. I’ve got to say, I haven’t read either of those books but I have seen both movies. I was not a fan of 50 Shades of Grey (which, by the way, I just saw for the first time like 2 months ago… haha) but I did LOVE the movie How to Be Single. I did read (some of) the Harry Potter series and was happy with most of those movies. I guess it really does depend on the book, the storyline, and the director of the movie. Thanks!

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    1. Harry Potter is another good one in which the book and movie was very similar!
      I haven’t watched the second. 50 Shades movie b/c I don’t want to get so upset again lol thanks for your comment!

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