To Watch or Not to Watch?



When I went home this fall break, I was graced by a Harry Potter Marathon on TV. As a Harry Potter fanatic, you can accurately assume that I watched all of the movies. However, it got me thinking of the fact that the movies are not always like the books. However, we like some while not the others. There are details that completely set the Harry Potter movies apart from the books. However, both bring something to the table.


To tell you the truth, when I started reading the first book, I found Harry to be kind of annoying, so I stopped. However, though the details behind my reasoning are kind of blurry, I did start to read them again and fell in love with the books. When I was aware that there had been movie adaptations of my almost-obsession, I sprung at the chance to see them. That was still when I was naïve to think that Hollywood made the movies just like the books. When I saw them, I was annoyed with a lack of some of the details, but in all, I really liked them, and I remain to this day a frequent Pottermore visitor.

However, despite my pleasantly blissful experience with Harry Potter, I wanted to take it upon myself to list movie adaptations that were not up to par, and movie adaptations that surprisingly met my expectations.

1. Percy Jackson:
As an up and coming elementary schooler and middle schooler, like everyone else, I was a HUGE Percy Jackson fan. I would just like to put it out there that I started reading the series way before it became famous. The inconsistencies between the movies and books, however, were too much for me to handle. I know there were little details, like the fact that Annabeth was a blonde, which may be fine to overlook. However, we must keep in mind that Annabeth and Percy Jackson do not start out as love-interests. Hollywood’s obsession with creating a flirtatious environment where the protagonist wins the battle and gets the girl in the end is just not appropriate. Furthermore, for some reason, the producers decided to combine events from different books into one movie, which again is a big No-no (though, I might be biased because I read the series).


2. Divergent Series:

Again, this series was my jam. The dystopian setting was alarming, yet at the same time, very intriguing. True, for all the teenage girls who read this, the love interests did increase our liking to the books. Moreover, having tough, hardcore female characters also made me fall in love with the plot. The message of the books seemed to resonate with me the most: we are not all just one characteristic. Our differing values makes us unique, divergent. I feel, however, that the movies didn’t really drive this home. Don’t get me wrong, cinematography was great; the costumes were great, and the actors were great. However, I felt that their main goal was to emphasize the action, betrayal, and romance. I only watched the first movie in the series, but that was the impression I got.


3. Hunger Games
I loved this series. I don’t know, I guess the years of elementary and middle school were part of the era of dystopian novels. You can tell that I jumped on that bandwagon and had the time of my life. Again, the fact that there was a strong female protagonist, who helped others, and saw past the materialistic wealth of society really inspired me; and, how they described the scenes in the book! Oh my, I could just imagine. To my surprise, the movies actually did a really good job of enhancing our perspectives from the book. For example, Stanley Tucci’s portrayal of Caesar Flickerman and Lenny Kravitz’s portrayal of Cinna were beautiful- just like how I imagined them. Moreover, the twirl scene when Katniss’s dress transforms from just another girl in a dress to a political message was also very telling. Like most book adaptations, the movies left out important details, but I feel the quality of the movies made up for it.


I could go on and on for days, but I can’t turn this post into a novel. Thus, before I bid you adieu, I’ll leave you with a very important question, when you’re about to watch a movie adaptation of a book: To watch or not to watch?

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