I wanted to talk about something a little more simple tonight. Being that I was not in class today, I was not able to finish the movie with y’all in class, which of course I am very upset about. Nonetheless, I had seen enough. Meaning that I have seen enough of movies not getting it right. I do think that the movie The Color Purple was good, but I truly felt that something was missing. I think that not a lot was cut from the movie, but the order of things was just a little off, don’t you think?
I especially think that the relationship between Shug and Celie was downplayed heavily in the movie compared to the book. Their first encounter they had together was much less explicit in the movie rather than the book, this includes not only their intimate relationship, but also their friendship. I think that of course this has to happen (insert sarcasm) though because of the time the movie was produced. During this time period, female relationships were not socially accepted, so this would make sense as to why Spielberg had to produce the movie the way he did, but that does not make it right. I would be offended if I were Walker. She wrote about these things for a reason, because they happened, no matter what the public thinks or not. She is trying to shed light on this fact. I don’t know, maybe I am taking it too personal, but if I wrote a novel and wanted certain aspects to stand out, I certainly would not want anything to be downplayed or cut from the film at all.
On that note, it seems that most of the time this is how the world NOW works, probably not so much back then (that the general public would much rather see the movie over reading the book). One does not get the FULL story, quite literally actually, if they just watch the movie. SO many things are cut out people!! READ!
For example, just to give an easier distinction for people who will have most likely either seen or read these young adult books: books such as Twilight, The Hunger Games, Water For Elephants, Lovely Bones, Harry Potter, Fifty Shades Of Grey (yes judge me), Gone Girl, Beautiful Creatures, Friday Night Lights etc.. most all of these book/movies will have left something out, or even added something in because that is, I am assuming, Hollywood’s way of making money, or making a statement of some kind.
For those of you who have not read or seen these movies here is my opinion of them: Lovely Bones is probably the only one that I will say that the movie is better, other than that the books of these book/movie combos, the books are better. Which is usually what happens ALL the time. I think that the general public already knows this, and I know that not everyone has time to sit down and read (which is probably another reason this day and age people just succumb to watch the movie), but reading is obviously better probably 99.8% of the time. 🙂 I know I am also biased because I am an English major, but I usually read the book and then see the movie, and there are even some movies out there that I refuse to see because I have not read the book yet. This is just me and my humble opinion, so take it as you wish. 🙂
Also, random thought: Big Hero 6 is a GREAT film. It is so cute!! I highly recommend it! I am sad to say that I did not know that it was comic book before it was a film, but I am not too into comic books, so this is why I did not hear about it. I will get on that though, reading the comic book!