Books are usually better


The book was better.
Countless fans have walked out of a movie shaking their heads and saying this phrase, questioning why the directors and producers made what fans view as mistakes. It becomes even worse when it’s a small mistake since they could have easily been changed to be correct according to the book, for me, anyway.
Sometimes, other fans reply with saying it helped the plot-line of the movie flow better. It wasn’t like that in the book. For example, in “The Giver” both Fiona and Asher’s positions were changed. This bugs me since it added in a lot scenes which never existed and could not have existed.
If something was already great why would a director or producer change it? It was already making good money, and many fans simply want to see the book in action.
However, I do understand adding in scenes that could have happened in the book. As a writer I get not wanting the readers to know everything. In some cases not knowing what the antagonist is doing builds up the climax while in other cases letting readers know whatever evil the enemy is doing makes it all that more intense.
In other cases the book was in first person. Obviously, the protagonist isn’t going to know what the enemy is doing. Scenes will not be included for the sake of point of view. Movies can add in those scenes, and I get it.
I also understand taking the scenes out for time’s sake. Sadly, they almost always take out my favorite funny scenes which tend to have nothing to do with the plot.
What I don’t get, however, is changing characters’ positions, how a character acts or the entire plot.
Then again, I wonder if this is part of the goal of these directors and producers. Chris Columbus, director of the “Percy Jackson” movies and was also the head of the first two “Harry Potter” movies, has said he thought the fans of “Percy Jackson” would be excited about the changes in the first movie and that he wasn’t changing it significantly. Sometimes I wonder if part of what we secretly enjoy doing is naming everything that goes wrong in a film. When I go to see a movie which was previously a book, I plan on coming out naming everything that was incorrect and discussing it with my peers. That’s what I do.
So maybe this is all the goal of the directors and producers; I don’t know. What I do know is I will always and forever be saying, “The book was better.”