Day 18 Read-a-ton: Update

Scribbled down on December 27th, 2006 by she
Posted in Reading Begets Enlightenment

I’ve just finished Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada and enjoyed every minute of it. Well written chic lit can quickly evolve into a great guilty pleasure.

The only mistake I made after finishing the book early this morning was in immediately running out and renting the video version to see how similar the movie storyline is to the book. It was a huge mistake on my part. If you’ve seen the movie, you should really read the book – it’s a bazillion times better than the movie could have ever hoped to be. If you’ve read the book but haven’t yet seen the movie – don’t waste your pesos. At this point, I wouldn’t even suggest watching it if you have access to free tickets/movie rentals, etc. If you’re on a flight and this movie is playing, cover your eyes and plop your iPod earbuds in your ears. Avoid it at all costs.

What’s so bad about the movie? Characters names are randomly changed. Jobs are changed. Something as simple as the university the heroine graduated from is different. The changes made to the characters did nothing to enhance their roles in the movie. Characters who, to me, seemed larger than life in the book (such as Lily and Alex) are merely cardboard cutouts in the Hollywood version. In celluloid, there seemed no point in keeping the characters on screen, yet in the book they’re major players.

*sigh* I know better than to watch a movie version of a book I liked. It always ends badly. When will I ever learn?

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5 Responses to “Day 18 Read-a-ton: Update”

  1. I’ve seen the movie and I didn’t really like it. Then I wondered how come the book has been a best seller. I should read the book (especially as I’m an aspiring chick lit author). Anyway, I enjoyed my stay here. Take care :)

  2. Wow…how different. This is one case where I actually thought the movie was better than the book…but I am a die-hard Meryl Streep fan. Another case was A Beautiful Mind…the movie was just more entertaining than the book (and less math!)

  3. Hmmm – I think the only case of a movie being better than the book would have to be fight club. On a similar topic, there is an interesting article on the guardian blog about “unfilmable” books http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/film/2006/12/post_3.html.

    Mike,

    Like books? check out http://www.booktribes.com

  4. I know, I know. There’s NO WAY it can live up to the book. But I want to see it anyway!

  5. Lauren Hutton…

    I Googled for something completely different, but found your page…and have to say thanks. nice read….

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