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Film of the Book: The Circle


I couldn’t find a good trailer for ‘The Circle’ which I didn’t think was too spoilery, this is the best for that but watch with caution!

Read my review of the book ‘The Circle’ 

I noticed The Circle on netflix shortly after finishing the book. It has some big names in it; Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, Karen Gillan, Beck. I’m not one to watch films because of who they have in them, but I thought ‘The Circle’ could make a good film, and I thought popular actors wouldn’t want to be in it if it was no good.

When it came down to it I actually wanted to write this post because they completely butchered it, in fact I was shocked to find that Eggers had a hand in writing the script because they changed so much and left so much out. The end itself was completely changed, whilst other bits were more simplified. I didn’t think the simplification was a good thing, but I can see why it was done because you always have to cut things for films and it made things gel better. I also think it made things less muddy though. With the book it was hard to tell right from wrong, and there was a fine line between ideas which seemed good and what felt controlling or invasive, with the film that change came a lot quicker and the line was much easier to see.

One of the big problems I had was with Mercer. He was more or less pushed aside in the film. We didn’t really get to see his view point, he just seemed much more of a stick in the mud, and a bit of a loner. We saw closer to Mae’s view of him which she showed in the book, but their relationship wasn’t the same so it was really hard to see how important or not he was.

From this point on there will be spoilers for the film and book.

One other thing was that Mae was very much more seeming to be with ‘The Circle’ in the film. A large part of this was because her relationships were stripped down. Her relationship with Francis was completely cut from the film, and whilst I can sort of see why, I think it added depth to Mae’s character, especially when she found that Francis was broadcasting their sexual encounters. Plus that incident showed how transparency isn’t always a good thing, people need private moments.

The other big relationship change was Mae’s relationship with Ty. In the book Mae didn’t know who Ty was until late on, and his goals and thoughts were often unclear to her. In the film he introduces himself as Ty, and immediately shows his feelings towards what’s going on in The Circle. I can’t see at all why Ty would do this to someone he didn’t know, whereas when Mae didn’t know who he was or what he was about he could figure her out before revealing anything.

I already mentioned how Mercer was ruined by the film but part of that was also about how Mae’s parents were portrayed. In the book they are a sort of line between The Circle’s views and Mercer’s. They can understand how some transparency might be good, and how some things The Circle does are helpful and good to use, but they still have a respect for privacy and ‘real’ relationships. In the film they are just very supportive of Mae and mainly supportive of The Circle.

If you loved the book I wouldn’t recommend the film, but it’s okay as a film in itself.

Have you read the book and/or seen the film. What did you think?

 

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Film of the Book: One Day


Please note this post contains spoilers for both the book and the film One Day.

You can read my review of the book One Day here.

I was rather underwhelmed by the book One Day. It had so much buzz around it that I expected it to be something a bit special- at least as far a chick-lit is concerned. Not liking the book was part of the reason that it took me so long to watch the film. Having said that I do tend to prefer to watch chick-flicks than read chick-lit so I thought I might enjoy the film all the same. Plus it was less than £3 from HMV, so worth the risk I think.

As far as chick-lit is concerned it wasn’t the best there is. Maybe because it wasn’t terribly romantic, or happy (not that chick-flicks are always happy, or romantic when it comes down to it). Maybe because I didn’t like Dex and Emma pretty much got the raw end of the deal. She deserved better than him, but maybe that’s the way love is? And then she went and [highlight for spoiler]got hit by a truck, I mean, things were actually good for her (even if it meant being with Dex) and that happens! So unfair.

 

I had completely forgotten that the story didn’t end there. Maybe it should have, but in a way that’s cruel. I suppose it shows that we care about Dex that that as an ending might have been too brutal.

Also I think Dex might have been more of an ass in the film….maybe I just blocked it out!

Oh and you could kind of tell what was going to happen from the start- because the story started at the end for some weird reason.

As an adaptation it is pretty good. As a film? Simply ok.

Buy…

The film:  DVD (£3.00) Blu-ray/Triple Play (£10.10) DVD with Charlie St. Cloud and Remember Me (£12.07)

The book: Paperback (£3.85) Kindle (£2.99)

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Top 10 best and worst film adaptations


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It’s Tuesday again so The Broke and the Bookish are hosting Top Ten Tuesday.

This week it’s top 10 best and worst film adaptations. I’m going to do a few of each. With links where I’ve reviewed them.

Best


Pride and Prejudice (link to book review) I really like both the BBC adaptation and the film version of this book. I probably prefer the BBC version, just because I grew up with it. I first saw the film with my Mum at the cinema, we were the only ones laughing for some reason.

 

 



The Lord of the Rings. Ok so I’ve never managed to finish the books yet. The furthest I’ve got is the founding of the fellowship. I don’t know why but I find them really difficult to get into. However I love the films, they’re much easier to digest.

 



The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy– I love this film, and the book. Both are funny and witty. They are rather different which means you can almost separate them. Douglas Adams actually did most of the work on the film script before he died, and you can tell.

 



The Hunger Games (book review) I think the film is a pretty good representation of a book I also enjoyed a lot. The tender moments were not as well done maybe, but I think it got the essence of the book. Can’t wait to see the next one.

 

 



Slumdog Millionaire/Q&A As with the Hitchhiker’s Guide, the film and book of Slumdog Millionaire are so different that it’s easy to separate them. The book is great, the film is great, but they don’t take anything away from one another

 

 

Twilight (book reviews of New Moon and Eclipse) this could easily have gone in either category. I have some sort of weird relationship with the Twilight books in that I hate them, I shout at them, I throw them across the room, I constantly complain about how horrible they are, yet I still read them, and there’s still a part of me that wants to finish the series (I haven’t yet read, or seen, Breaking Dawn). The films are bad, bad adaptations, and bad films fullstop, but they are so bad that they make me laugh (if I didn’t laugh I would probably cry at wasting my life on them!). So yeah, I enjoy them, but not for the reasons you’re meant to enjoy films.

Worst


The Hobbit. I love this book. My Mum read it to me as a child and I read it to myself as an adult. The film was just so long, and slow, why on earth they thought it would be a good idea to split it into 3 I do not know.


P.S I Love You My friend says it best about this film, they turn Holly into some crazy person who sees her dead husband everywhere, rather than a woman who finds comfort in the letters that he has sent her. Plus for some unknown reason they move the setting from Ireland to America.


The Harry Potter films (film 7 & 8, books 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7) The Harry Potter books were such an important part of my life for such a long time that it would have been very hard for me to accept a film which was less than perfect. I hate the changes, even the smallest ones. And Daniel Radcliffe has no emotion.


My Sister’s Keeper. They completely changed the outlook of the story, the book was about Ana, the film was about Kate. It went from emotional to syrupy.  Lots was cut, and the ending was changed (even though Picoult expressed the wish that it shouldn’t be)

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