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Book vs Film controversy

Published 30/09/2012 by julierkendrick

Ah a truer word was never said.  Well actually loads of truer words have been said but these particular true words are what this blog is about.

Ever since books have been made into movies people have been saying, including myself  “Ah but the book was so much better.”  Book purists will probably go to a movie, having read the book, expecting it to be substandard in comparison. There are many examples I can give where I truly believe the film adaption (and there’s a word I will be coming back to later) has not done the original book justice.

The Woman in Black for one. Susan Hill has written a fantastically dark, scary and atmospheric book and I was actually looking forward to seeing the movie. The film industry does dark and atmospheric pretty well, what could go wrong?

Daniel Radcliffe for a start. Now I have nothing against Mr Radcliffe; he is a pretty good actor but for the time being he is Harry Potter and will be until he gets some lines on his face and stops looking like a 12 year old wizard. The role of Arthur Kipps should have been played by a slightly older character and I kept expecting Kipps to yell “Avada Kedavra” at the ghostly woman.

Radcliffe aside, the film failed to truly scare me, unlike the book which had me leaving the light on by my bed all night (and I’m 42). Now I find this  strange as the film industry has all the props in the world to scare the bejesus out of me but only managed a mild hiccup of a jump.

However, my main problem with this, and many other films that fall into this category  is that they changed the ending. Why oh why oh why? When you know that thousands of movie goers will have read the book why change the ending? I’m willing to bet that 100% of those viewers will be disappointed. The ending is usually the reason they go to see the film in the first place.  If they had felt let down by the finale in the book then the film would not inspire excitement in the first place.

But hey, I didn’t set out to slate the Woman in Black in this blog, as I stated before, many films fall into this category this was just the first that came to mind. But my recommendation here would be, read Susan Hill’s books as she is a fantastic writer and you will never be disappointed.

So back then, to that little word I mentioned above, adaption. I think that this is where the movie makers think that they have us fooled.  As long as they use the words “adapted from the book by……” or “based on the book by…….” we have no cause for complaint because they never said we were getting the real thing anyway. So there! It looks like we will be disappointed movie watchers for a while yet then.

But ah ha!! There is another phenomenon that swings in and saves the day. The film into book version. Now this is more like it. I can go to watch a movie without any preconceptions and then if I like it I can read the book, which of course will be fabulous because it will have been written from the film. Happy bunnies all round. One example I can give of this is The Cabin in the Woods. I have yet to see this film but of my friends who have they all raved about it and then went out and bought the book; so far no one is disappointed.

I must add at the bottom here that of course there are exceptions. The Green Mile for one. This is a truly magnificent film with amazing actors playing their parts stupendously well. I have seen this film many times and cry every time. I have also read the book and it remains one of my favourites to this day.

So you see it can be done, just not often enough for my liking.

What do you think? Film or book or both?

See you next time

Julie 🙂

It’s not Potter.

Published 27/09/2012 by julierkendrick

 

 

So as we all know J K Rowling has brought out a new book to be released at the end of the month. It has been long awaited and reviews will definitely be varied. The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first foray into the word of writing for adults and it has been rumored that she is trying to move as far away from ‘Harry Potter’ as she can. Personally I think that is a bad move as it’s Mr Potter who has made her what she is today.

I still don’t know whether I am going to read the book. I think I probably will because I do like to have an opinion and I will then be able to see which reviewers are just jumping on the ‘I Hate JK’ bandwagon.

In the meantime here the first review you will probably read and to be honest it is not bad.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/the-casual-vacancy-review_n_1917058.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Julie 🙂

Oh PS – I’m VERY disappointed in the cover. It’s horrible and boring and even though you shouldn’t judge a book etc etc it doesn’t inspire me in the slightest.

Let’s Eat Grandma

Published 23/09/2012 by julierkendrick

 

 

I lot of you will know exactly where I am going with this post. Yep that’s right grammar and spelling. I have to say that it is my biggest gripe. Bad spelling and grammar set my teeth on edge and if my father was still alive his blood would boil. My friends know how much of a stickler I am for correct English and take the mickey out of me relentlessly. The trouble with setting yourself up as a grammar Nazi is that should you make one tiny mistake the whole world comes down on you like a ton of bricks. No longer can I make a simple typo without hearing my own rantings reflected back at me. No longer can I shorten words in text speak without fingers pointing and heads shaking. But you know what? I can deal with all that as long as people take more care over their own English. I saw a picture on Facebook today and it tickled me. The quality of the photo was not very good so I will give you the gist;

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Girl – I hate peeple who talk rubbish

Boy – *people

Girl – Shut up Danel I’m cross, I’m not looking at my spell check.

Boy – *Daniel

Girl – Stop! Just get of my page

Boy – *off

Girl’s mum – Daniel please stop, she is having a hard time and we are helping her threw something right now

Boy – *through

Girl – Daniel now your messing with my family, just stop.

Boy – You’re as in you’re making this too easy for me

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Now if this was a true conversation I love that boy. I would be proud to call him my son but he is a pedant and I am not ashamed to say that so I am.

One of my catchphrases that I seem to use a lot with my Facebook chums is “The comma is your friend”.

Unfortunately with the advent of texting and social media, brevity seems to be the most important thing now rather than the correct use of the language. Everyone knows that ‘yr’ covers your, and you’re so there is no need to know the difference any more, numbers count as letters ‘c u l8r’ is ‘see you later’. Even ‘OK’ has been shortened to ‘K’.

So is the English language dying? Some would say that it is always evolving and changing and ‘thou would not be erroneous in that supposition’, but is this evolution or just laziness? My feeling is that it is laziness and I do have to admit my guilt with regard to the text situation but I would not dream of using these shortened words in my ‘real’ life. My emails and letters are always written using correct English with commas, semi colons and everything and I for one and proud of that fact.

English is a beautiful language and I just hope and pray that the future generations don’t destroy it.

Anyway it’s lunch time so ‘Lets eat, Grandma’.

J 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Releases

Published 20/09/2012 by julierkendrick

I have heard from my publishers today that two new books containing stories I have written are to be released in October.

They are:- The Egg which is in Spring Fever

and Brotherly Love which is in Sleep Walkin’ & Pick Lockin’

I’ll keep you update and post links where you can buy them.

Very excited.

Julie 🙂

A worrying article

Published 18/09/2012 by julierkendrick

I just came across this article from the Huffington Post.

I know that over the years my children have read less despite encouragement from me and their dad. I do think that TV, and video games etc are partly to blame but I also think that society places less importance on reading as a whole.

Have a read and tell me what you think.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/07/children-reading-rates-down_n_1863582.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-books#