SOLSC Day 6
I rarely read a book and then go see the movie based on it. Most times I am upset because the movie is nowhere near as good as the book. Then I get upset at myself for wasting money on something that wasn’t worth it. I can tell you right now that I have no desire to see A Wrinkle In Time when it comes out. I have used the book for many years with my students and I know I will be disappointed by the movie.
Anyway, While watching American Horror Story last year, I admit that I am a fan, they kept promoting a limited run series called The Alienist. It was based on the book by Caleb Carr. It looked like something I would be interested in watching, so I made a mental note of its starting date and set my DVR to record all new episodes of the show. That way I would be sure not to miss the series.
Well, a few weeks before the show was to start we were in WalMart and I saw the book. It was around $17.00. I was feeling cheap and refused to buy it even though I picked it up, looked at it and seriously thought about throwing it in the cart.
About a week later our local newspaper held a book sale to benefit Newspapers in Education. We always go and I always come home with a bag full of books. At $1.00 for paperbacks and $3.00 for hardcovers how can you go wrong?
I was surprised and pleased to find this for a buck.
There was no thinking this time. I grabbed it and held on to it.
This was about two weeks before the show was to start. I knew that I could get the book read by the time the show started. I did. In fact, I finished the book the day before the series started. I really enjoyed it.
I then began watching the show. Big mistake. Although it is well done, and I know that if I hadn’t read the book I would be really enjoying the series, I find myself angry and frustrated each week I watch a new episode. I understand there have to be changes made to make a book filmable. I know things get changed. But why are things put in that never happened in the book? Why are relationships fostered that never came about in the book? Do these things add to the story? I don’t think so.
I guess the biggest question is why am I still watching? Maybe I am hoping they will get back to story as it was written. I’m sure it won’t, but one can always hope.