#BookBlogWriMo Day 19 & 20: Book Adaptations & Ones That Made Me Cry
Day 19: Favorite book adaptations?
Book adaptations are always hard. With a book you can get so much detail, so many thoughts and feelings, that are simply hard to get across in a movie or tv show or whatever. It is a different format, visual vs making up pictures in your head, and often times it doesn't work. Because you can get so much more from a book. Or at least I can. I always think I should watch a movie based on a book before I read the book, but then I usually read the book because I don't want it to be spoiled by the movie. Then the movie is rarely as good and yeah.
For a while I only had a few book and movies that I like equally as well. One was Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr. I love love love dark depressing stuff and Hubert Selby Jr is about as depressing as you can get. I loved the book and the movie as they were the same, but different. They were both great.
I also loved The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides. I remember hearing that was going to be made into a movie and thinking how in the world are they going to do this well? I was very pleasantly surprised when I watched it as it was great and felt very true to the book.
I feel like there was a third one, but I can't think of it at the moment...Oh well. Some more recent ones that weren't bad were The Martian by Andy Weir. The movie wasn't perfect, and I think the book was much better, but for an adaptation I think it was pretty good. The Hunger Games was another good one. I did not like the first movie, but the other ones I enjoyed more than their respective books. The second movie was much better and more what I was expecting from the first one in terms of how the movie progressed and the games and all that.
I also loved the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. As with The Hunger Games I didn't enjoy that first book, but I loved loved loved books two and three. I was really hoping we would get an American version of the whole series. The Swedish movies I didn't care for as much. They just were not as good. The ending of the third Swedish movie was especially a let down. The end of the book was phenomenal, but the movie was not as badass as the book.
Oh, the Harry Potter movies were also really good. I am not a super fan, but I did enjoy both the books and the movies. I may even go so far as to say the movies, especially the first few, I enjoyed more than the books.
I think that is about all. I'm sure there are other adaptations I have enjoyed, but I can't think of them at the moment.
Day 20: #SobbingSunday – What book made you cry?
Honestly there is only one book that I have seriously cried at. Only one to make tears stream down my face. I am not a crier. I don't know why, but I just don't cry a lot. I tear up, I get choked up, but tears streaming down my face? It just doesn't happen.
So what was the one book that had me crying so much? What book made me such a mess that when my husband came to say hello I had to just shoe him away cause I couldn't handle it? What book had me crying so hard I had to literally set the book aside at times because I could not read the words for the tears in my eyes? That afterwards my husband came to check on me and cuddled with me on the couch and put on My Little Pony (my happy place) to try and make me feel better?
Bright Side by Kim Holden. Man this book. I...I am not a crier, but this book was intense. It was beautiful. It was wonderful. It was so much more than I had expected. I went into it knowing a lot of people cried while reading it so I knew something bad/sad/touching would happen. I started reading and thought okay. I think I know what will happen and I am ready for it. I am ready to read this and it won't be that bad. Only I wasn't ready. I don't think you can be ready for this book. Even if you know what happens, even if you are expecting it, the writing is so amazing you can't help but feel so much for these characters. Bright Side was seriously amazing and left me with such a book hangover I couldn't imagine moving on. Sure, sometimes I get a really intense book and it takes awhile to read something else, but not like this one. Thankfully Gus was already out. People said just read it. Read Gus, it will make everything better, and it did. It was hard, it was really difficult, but it was healing as well.
There you do. If you want a good cry read Bright Side. Even if you know what will happen nothing can prepare you for this story. It was a remarkable read and it still sticks with me even today.