I saw the Fault in Our Stars movie this weekend and I was a little disappointed.
It’s an excellent adaptation of the book and is a solid movie on its own.
I just couldn’t help comparing every little detail in the movie to the book.
So many small things had to be cut out and I missed everyone of them.
Charlotte is missing, Mr. Van Houten doesn’t play Bomfalleralla in Hazel’s car, the subtle clues of Augustus condition are all gone, the voice in the Anne Frank house is “Anne Frank’s” instead of Otto Frank’s, etc.
I’m sure this happens all the time with movie adaptations of books, but this was the first time I really noticed it.
I think that’s partially due to the amount of time between when I read the book and saw the movie.
For Fault in Our Stars there were less than two weeks between reading the book and seeing the movie.
Other movies of books that I’ve seen were usually a year or more between when I read the book and saw the movie (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Hornblower).
There are errors and missing parts when I look back on those movies, but I don’t care as much about them.
My sister has the same problem for the Harry Potter books, but for a different reason.
Because the books are so good, she’s read them several times. Enough that she’s memorized all those little details.
So when the movies are missing parts, it feels wrong to her. It feels like its not Harry Potter.
Same thing happened for me with Fault in Our Stars.
The movie is great, but it is not EXACTLY the same as the book.
I do recommend the movie and the book as well, but try to keep them separated by at least a month to avoid this problem from happening to you too!
That’s all for tonight.