I gave The Book Thief a great rap when I reviewed it for Weekend Notes. It was a book that changed my attitude to Death in a positive way. How will Death be treated in the forthcoming film? I hope I am not disappointed.
I was pleased when I heard they were making The Lord of the Rings trilogy into films and they lived up to my expectations, but so far I have been a bit dissapointed with the movie version of The Hobbit. I would have preferred if they had just stuck with a single movie rather than mixing in stuff from a different story and making it a trilogy. It stands alone well as a story and deserved its own film. Other than that I think it's well done and I'll certainly be watching the next two parts.
I'm cautiously optimistic about the movie version of The Sandman that is supposed to be coming soon.
My favourite book has yet to be turned into a film. There was talk about Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' being made, but nothing ever came of it. I am not sure if I want to see it as a film or not. I am always cautious of adaptations because they must invariably deviate from the original.
My other favourite books were turned into films before I was born, or I saw the film first (Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter), as a result, I ended up not being bothered by any changes that were made.
Saw the movie yesterday. Loved it. Ok, there were several key parts of the story omitted, but the humanity remained. As the author says, it is difficult to condense a 528 page novel into a screen play. Death still featured, and that was an integral part of the story. If you would like to read my review of the book, go to
I love watching movies based on books I have read, but more often, they leave you with a "blah" feeling. There are many movies based on books I have watched which I haven't read (e.g. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.) but once I have seen the movie, I don't feel the desire to read the book. However, I saw a movie called "Tracks" about an Australian woman who crossed the country on a 2000 miles trek with her camels. I loved the movie so much that it has inspired me to read the book.