Every so often we see books being made into movies, especially after the success of movies like “The Lord of The Rings” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion Witch and Wardrobe.” Hollywood has the ability to turn certain books into great movies; those books are the ones that take great amounts of creativity and imagination. They are the movies that can show off the special effects like the Harry Potter and X-Men movies. Other novel based movies just don’t measure up to the novels. Nine times out of ten something is missing (left out) or just doesn’t add up to how things are in the novel.
Let’s take a look at “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.” Though it was a good idea to have a team of literary characters, but some of there for one come from different time periods so they wouldn’t be alive all at once, well Dorian Grey would have been. There were a lot of things throughout the movie that did not add up.
The most obvious, for those who know the novel, dealt with the character of Dorian Grey. For one the picture was too small, it was not kept in his room, but locked up, and the way he died was completely wrong. Other movies like “Jane Eyre” leave out important information such as her childhood; it doesn’t explain how she ended up at the school for girls among other things. “Brothers Grimm” could have had more done to it. It could have been taken further or something.
With the book version a person gets to see the story the way the author intended; they way he/she saw the story unfold. Your imagination can run wild and you can picture everything as it is described. The novels are a display of how life was during that specific time period it was written; with the movie version, the audience losses that effect. There are few literature based movies that this Literature major cannot pick apart. Novels have a certain quality and expectation, and the movie version should measure up that quality.
I’m not saying all movies don’t measure up to the novel; there are certain movies that do meet expectations, such as “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.” The casting was perfect as was the setting. The cast knew how to act their parts the way Shakespeare would have intended. “Seabiscuit” is another movie that measured up to the book. The cast was great and again knew how to act the parts.
When you read a novel you see how the author envisioned the story, not how someone else sees it. Next time you see a movie based on literature, pick up the book and read it to see how they compare to each other. I think you’ll like the book better.