"Memoirs of a geisha "-the book or the movie?

Memoirs of a geisha - A great book and movie
February 3, 2007 2:49pm CST
What did you like more? I personally liked both!!
14 responses
@olaff123 (434)
• Namibia
3 Feb 07
I read the book years ago, when it first came out. Didn't know they made a movie, but will go and see it when it hits the circuit (I live in Namibia, that may take a while, or just go to video). I loved the book, it was beautiful. I think I should reread it - it is worth that!
• Romania
3 Feb 07
You should see the movie too,I loved it! And the book is amazing!:)
@fady83 (617)
• Egypt
3 Feb 07
i think the book is better
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• United States
3 Feb 07
I read the book before seeing the movie to be able to compare them better. In my opinion, I liked the book better. But the music scores, the setting and background, and the clothing were amazing in the movie.
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17 Nov 07
I did like both, but I think the book was a little better, just because they had to lose a lot of content in the movie, because the book was so long, and the movie would've been about twice as long, if they'd put it all in. Having said that, I was actually quite happy with the movie - they kept most of the original, and didn't change it all, as they sometimes do.
• China
6 Mar 09
maybe book is always better than a movie. because it give us a chance to imagine. I have read the book and watched the movie, and I like them both.
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
I have this rule of reading the book first before I watch the movie, because most of the time, the movie disappoints me. But in this case, I also loved both the book AND the movie. I liked Sayuri's character because it is so uncharacteristic for her time. It's like she's prematurely breaking out of a cocoon, succeeded and still managed to turn into the magnificent butterfly that she is. I also liked the way the story turns into an unexpected romance.
• United States
16 Mar 07
All of that obsessing over the Chairman that Sayuri did while she was growing up and you didn't think there would be at least some romantic elements later...?
@dhouston (417)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I read the book several years ago and *loved* it. I have never liked a movie made from a book because they always change things or somehow ruin it, so I no longer bother with the movies after I've liked the book. Last time I saw a movie was Steve Martin's _Cheaper by the Dozen_. I had read the book in the 1960s and never forgotten it becvause it was so good. Saw the mocie 2 years ago and was totally horrified. It was not the same story at all. The author is spinning in his grave! I was totally disgusted by the complete revision of a perfectly good book. Shame on Steve Martin! I will never again go to the movie of a book I like.
• United States
22 Feb 07
I've never read 'Cheaper by the Dozen'; but my mom has, and it is one of her favorite books. There was actually a movie version made some decades ago that she really liked. If you haven't seen the older one, you might be interested in watching it. Mom has good taste.
• United States
30 Sep 08
I liked both as well, but the book was better by far. I mainly liked the movie for the costumes. The book covers such an emotional spread, that there was no way for the movie to compete. The movie had to stick to a storyline that could be expressed and leave out all the other details that make the book so great.
• Philippines
10 Feb 08
i do not have time to read the book,and i have seen the movie in tv,so i'll go for the movie!
• United States
20 Oct 07
I liked the Book a whole lot more.
@violeta_va (4832)
• Australia
5 Sep 07
I like both but I prefer the book actually I always prefer the books because a) I can form my own picture in my head b) its more detailed
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
I liked both personally as well. It may take time to imagine what Japan was like. But watching the movie made me have a clearer picture of what was going on. True that some things have changed from book to movie but the main essence wherein the main character struggles and gets over trials is there.
@Cassy1976 (796)
• Australia
10 Jun 07
I preferred the book as I thought that it explained things alot more in depth than the movie did, in the movie you missed alot of her thoughts and things and I just thought it made it a bit harder to understand but I absolutely loved the book!
@Whisp1976 (488)
• United States
3 May 07
I liked the movie quite alot, which is unusual for me. I am normally greatly disappointed by the movie if I have already watched the book, but not with "Memoirs of a geisha." Having said that I still liked the book better than the movie.
@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
26 Mar 07
I loved the book. When the movie came out I wanted to see it but I held off. I find that movies often ruin the books for me. Because I ahve such a vivid imagination that when I see the movie it is different from how the book unfolds for me. I finally broke down and rented the movie earlier this winter... sigh.. It was a big disappointment. It was slow and long and boring. The characters lacked the depth and passion and "colour" that the book had.
@LadyLeene (584)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I liked the book better. The movie was decent; but they did the sets, make-up, and costumes all wrong! Plus, the actors didn't look anything like the characters were supposed to, and the movie just didn't have the same magic that the book did.
@BunGirl (2639)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I loved the book. I read it several years ago. The movie was ok, but in my opinion the book was far better.