Back in January, my friend and co-worker Lee sent me a list he found on buzzfeed.com: “16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theatres This Year.” Initially, he thought he was sending me an interesting article. I responded with “challenge accepted.” I thought it would be a great idea to read all 16 books by the end of the year (as well as force me outside of my book-selection comfort zone), and then watch as many movies as we could, as they came out. So far reading is beating out watching; the movies that come to North Bay leave a lot to be desired.
In any case, it’s full steam ahead and I have read five books so far: The Giver by Lois Lowry; Labor Day by Joyce Maynard; Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead; The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais; and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. Next up is Divergent by Veronica Roth because this seems like it will be enough of a blockbuster-type movie to reach the Galaxy theatre in the good ol’ Gateway to the North.
Of the books I have read so far, Dark Places has been my favourite. It’s been a while since I read a crime novel and I forgot how much fun they are! Who did it? How? When will everyone find out the truth?! AHHHH! Reading Dark Places has made me cautiously look forward to reading Gone Girl, and I say “cautiously” because I have heard the ending is…questionable.
Labor Day was my second-favourite, and the others were simply OK – you know, great in some parts, zone-out-worthy in others. I haven’t flat-out disliked anything so far, but I have to admit I’m worried the books I liked the most will also end up disappointing me to the largest degree, in terms of the movie. I know this is a classic stance of book lovers – “the movie is never as good as the book!” – but come on! It’s so often true! One exception that comes to mind, for me, is Atonement by Ian McEwan. I loved this book AND movie. But that’s only one…of many book-and-movie combos!
What about you? What has your success rate been in the book-versus-movie enjoyment ratio? Care to give any books on the Buzzfeed list a go?