I read the book last year and absolutely loved it.
It is funny, sensitive, clever and well written.
Last night we went to see the film and I was very disappointed.
It made the story seem trite and sentimental...
and Anne Gathaway's wandering Yorkshire accent was very distracting.
Usually I'm pretty open minded when I go and see a film. I realise that it is a totally different form of media than a novel and as such it works on different levels. I don't automatically assume a film won't be as good as a book and in fact I usually enjoy a good film as much as any book. But this got me thinking about other films I've seen that just didn't match up to the expectations I'd had after reading the novel.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book all the way through yet the film just didn't capture it for me... even with the rather gorgeous Nicholas Cage!
The Time Traveller's Wife.
Again really enjoyed the book and found it utterly believable.
But the film didn't manage to make me suspend my disbelief and as such it just seemed silly.
But other films of novels work so well.
Girl With a Pearl Earring.
I loved the film and the book. As always a book gives more depth but the film was visually beautiful.
The English Patient
I really struggled with the book. It took me forever to read and I found the prose difficult yet I adored the film on every level - the story was captivating, it was visually stunning, the music beautiful - in fact I think it is one of my favourite films ever.
What film/novel combinations do you like/dislike?