Novels vs. Movies

@CRK109 (14465)
United States
May 11, 2017 1:03pm CST
This is not a discussion about which we like more, because I know that in most cases, the novel is much better than the movie. The novel gives the complete story. The movie captures whatever can be seen quickly and understood, for the most part. A few months ago, I watched a movie called, "Nocturnal Animals", starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. I enjoyed the movie, for the most part. But it had a strange ending that left me with a lot of questions. So I did some research and found out that there had been a novel first. The novel is called, "Tony and Susan" by Austin Wright. So I ordered it from the library. And promptly forgot all about it. In my current bag of books, which goes back to the library tomorrow, I read the books that grabbed me. A couple of books stayed behind because they just didn't look interesting. But when I spoke with the librarian, I decided to renew two of them. One is called, "Tony and Susan", although I had no idea what it was. Until today, when I opened it and began reading. And then I remembered! And then more questions began to surface. When the casting people begin their search for the characters for the movie, why don't they pay more attention to what the characters look like? Readers of the novels know the characters pretty well, for the most part, and when we watch the movies, whether or not we enjoy a movie can often times be based on the fact that the actors don't resemble the characters at all! Case in point: Jack Reacher. Any fans of those books knows that Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher by any stretch of the imagination. He's good in the role and I still enjoy the movies. Mostly. But he's not Jack Reacher. Just as Jake Gyllenhaal is not Tony. Tony was blonde. Jake was not. They couldn't make that change for the movie? Probably not. I don't think Jake would look good as a blonde. But then again, who knows? Did they try? Out of all the other actors in the universe, he was the only one who could have played this part? Maybe I'm being picky, but I've heard so many similar comments from other people after watching different movies that I don't think I'm so far off the mark here. Casting people cast for so many different reasons, and most times I think they forget that anyone loved the book to begin with. I can't imagine how authors feel about their characters being changed so much. Well, yes, I can imagine. I've read a lot about Stephen King hating many of his characters in their movies, and Anne Rice had a major fit about Tom Cruise (yes, him again) playing Lestat in "Interview with the Vampre". The right actor makes a difference. Not that my rant makes any difference. I still prefer the books, but I'm also curious about the movies. Claudia
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@MALUSE (40263)
• Germany
11 May 17
I think the people who decide which actors to take look more at big names than outward appearance. Put Tom Cruise on the posters and his fans will come in droves. Most of them won't have read the books and won't care.
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@JudyEv (123440)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May 17
I agrree. It's all about getting 'bums on seats' as they say.
@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
I suppose that's true. Money speaks all the time. But for those of us who have loved the books, it really does irritate.
@JohnRoberts (57185)
• Los Angeles, California
11 May 17
Miscastings of actors in movies adapted from novels is par for the course. I have seen four versions of The Great Gatsby and not one has there been an actor embodying Gatsby.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
I didn't realize they had made that many. I've only seen two, but I haven't read the book. But it's aggravating to me how they can take a perfectly good story with great characters and not care that they're changing things.
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@JudyEv (123440)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 May 17
I like movies that stay close to the book too. And I usually like the book better. Lately I've read The Book Thief and saw the movie some time ago. I really enjoyed both but that's unusual.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
I haven't read that book but I loved the movie! It really touched me deeply. I should find the book and read it.
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@JudyEv (123440)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 May 17
@CRK109 I think you would enjoy it. I'm thinking of reading it again. Sometimes I get a lot more from a book if I read it twice.
• United States
11 May 17
I guess I think that movie casting people are going to cast whoever they feel fits the part regardless of adherence to the actual characters features in the book. There could be some reasons for this, though they are not known to me. I can understand the authors getting mad about it though.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
I like when the authors are part of the movie, so at least we know that they approve of what's been done. If it's good enough for the author, it should be good enough for us. When the authors don't like the movie, we know there's trouble!
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• United States
12 May 17
@CRK109 Yes that makes sense Claudia.
@responsiveme (16329)
• India
12 May 17
Yes, I like them to match the character that forms in my mind
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
it would be SO nice, but I guess I'm asking for too much! lol
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@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
11 May 17
From time to time it makes you wonder why certain people were chosen when it comes to movies. And yes many times if you take the time to also read the books, they are better. I often wonder when a person is displayed and plays a part in a movie from a book if they even take time to read it and adapt with more of what they are supposed to be playing?
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
I don't know how that all works and sometimes they even change the story so it's quite different from the book. So when they say that it's "based" on a novel, I guess they mean it has the same name!
@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
11 May 17
I guess it's hard to find actor or actress that can match the character in the novel. Take Twilight for example. Those vampires supposed to look so inhumanly beautiful. How on earth are they supposed to find that kind of face? In an Indonesian novel that I read, the main character was supposed to be handsome and charismatic. He makes woman swooned just by doing nothing. But in the movie, he was just a cute but scrawny man. I don't get his appeal at all. Makes me wonder why woman chase him too.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
Twilight was pretty impossible to cast, I agree. Some people loved the casting and others hated it. I suppose all the fantasy books are a little difficult because we understand "human" but to cast other beings takes a lot more than just makeup sometimes.
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@amadeo (65995)
• United States
11 May 17
I always like the book better than the movie.Jake would look terrible as a blonde
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
I keep trying to picture it and I just can't! And since I saw the movie first, I can't picture anyone else in the role, even though I know how the character looks in the book. It's so strange.
@Kandae11 (37077)
11 May 17
The right actor does make a difference. I prefer seeing the movie before reading the book -- then I don't know what I am missing.
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
You're probably right! Reading the book first puts a lot of stress on the movie being "perfect".
@Courtlynn (66133)
• United States
11 May 17
I agree! They should try to go as close to the characters as possible
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@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 May 17
It would be so nice. Then the pages of the book could really come alive!