Book vs. Movie: Ready Player One


Book vs. Movie is a feature here at Jenni Elyse. The main idea is to do a side-by-side review of the book and movie and whether I think the book or movie is better.

Book

The concept of Ready Player One was so fascinating. I loved the dystopian society that Cline built and the need for the OASIS. The contest was fun. I adored reading about all the 80s nostalgia. I felt like I was reliving my childhood. My biggest pet peeve with Ready Player One was the info dumps. Whenever Wade got hold of a new technology, I felt like Cline couldn’t help himself. He just went on and on about the technology he created and it was a little much. Besides the info dumps, I really enjoyed the story.

Movie

I adored this movie! The movie was very visually appealing and so much fun. The colors were vibrant and the CGI was done so well that it made the OASIS seem real. The actors cast were perfect in their roles. The movie is extremely different from the book, but I liked the differences. I think they translated better to the screen. I loved the 80s nostalgia, but I think Spielberg could’ve put more in. One of my favorite parts was Alan Silvestri’s score. Any time they referenced Back to the Future in the movie, you could hear little Back to the Future references in the music.

Verdict

The movie and book are so different that it’s really unfair to compare the two. The only things they have in common are the title, characters, the OASIS, some of the setting, and the contest. Almost everything else is different. If I were to strictly go off of the book vs. the movie, then the book is better because it’s the original story. But, the movie has one thing going for it that the book did not. NO INFO DUMPS! Because of this, I liked the movie more than I liked the book, but I think I’m going to be in the minority.

Book vs. Movie: A Wrinkle in Time


Book vs. Movie is a feature here at Jenni Elyse. The main idea is to do a side-by-side review of the book and movie and whether I think the book or movie is better.

Book

I wasn’t a huge fan of the book. I enjoyed the fantasy and science aspect of the story. I also really liked Charles Wallace, the 5-year-old brother of the main character Meg. I didn’t like Meg. I thought she was annoying. I also didn’t like how short the book is. I feel like it could’ve been fleshed out more, making the characters less one-dimensional.

Movie

I liked the updated, modern take on the story. I also thought the movie was very visually appealing. The colors were vibrant and the CGI was done well. The actors cast were perfect in their roles. I especially loved the kid who played Charles Wallace, though he did seem autistic like he did in the book. I was less annoyed with Meg because I wasn’t in her head. I liked Mrs. Which and Mrs. Who better than Mrs. Whatsit. Mrs. Whatsit seemed way more complainy in the movie than she did in the book. I liked some of the additions to help flesh the story out a bit and develop the characters more. I also liked some of the changes to make the story more cinematic. I do wish they had spent more time on the evilness of the IT and shown the aberration (the boy not bouncing the ball in time).

Verdict

I still think the story is on the more interesting in an odd way side. However, I enjoyed the movie a lot. I felt the characters were better developed, even if they were still a bit shallow. The actors really endeared me to the characters more than just the writing itself. I also thought the music added a dimension to the story that the writing alone didn’t have. And, I loved the visualizations. Because the movie helped bring the story to life in so many aspects the writing couldn’t do by itself, I liked the movie more than I liked the book. However, I have a feeling that people who love the book won’t feel the same as I do about the movie.

Book vs. Movie: Wonder

Book vs. Movie is a new feature here at Jenni Elyse. The main idea is to do a side-by-side review of the book and movie and whether I think the book or movie is better. Since I recently watched Wonder with some friends, I’ll start with it.

Book

My book club read Wonder a couple of years ago and I adored it. It was such a heart-warming book. It affected me deeply and I think it’s one every single person should read. It might be too convenient and maybe even a little too cheery at times, but it has a great message everyone can learn from.

Movie

The movie was acted and done so well. The actors they cast were perfect in their roles. I’m amazed at how well the kids did! They were all so cute. I was a sobbing mess by the time it was over. My only complaint is that it didn’t have Julian’s chapter, but to be honest, I don’t think it would’ve fit well with the flow of things. So, if you’ve only seen the movie or if you haven’t read Julian’s chapter, make sure you do.

Verdict

I loved the movie just as much as I loved the book. I’m so happy with this adaptation. The movie brought to life the characters and story I loved so much. I think the movie complements the book really well.

I think teachers and parents can read this book to or with their kids and then watch the movie after finishing the book as a fun treat. But, that’s only what I’d do, lol. 😉