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Book-vs-Movie: Little Women

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on February 19, 2012

Book-vs-Movie: Little Women
Book Release: Part One – 1868; Part Two – 1869
Movie Release: 1994

I saw this movie when it first came out and absolutely fell in love with the March family. I wanted to be one of the sisters, live in that house, and spend time with them.

I’ve never read the book until now because I’ve always been intimidated by the size of this book. It took me a while to read, but was definitely worth it.

I’ve read books that are considered ‘classics’ before, and some don’t hold up the test of time. This story definitely does. Although I couldn’t stop myself from laughing when they called their boots ‘rubbers.’ It was funny to see Amy running through the house shouting, “I can’t find my rubbers!”  : )

The movie keeps the girls characteristics exactly like the book: Meg is longing for nicer things and a new life; Amy wants to feel accepted by popular and wealthy people; Beth’s quiet and accepting nature of how things are; and Jo is just as vivid and lively.

I absolutely love the costumes in this movie. The soft fabrics, elegant styles and classic looks makes me want to go buy a gown from the 1800’s right now. Although I can’t image how woman actually dressed like that every day!

Seeing the movie, I knew how people lived over 100 years ago, but reading the book seemed to solidify it somehow; I guess because it was written during that time period. I can’t imagine spending my days sewing and worrying about simple things like they did. I definitely would have acted like Jo and pushed the boundaries of life just because of how simply life seemed back then.

The book is split into two parts: part one ending once Meg gets married. The movie follows part one of Little Women almost exactly. Both start out on Christmas eve with the girls singing before going to bed. On Christmas morning, Hannah makes a wonderful feast that the girls bring to the Hummel’s.

The party that Jo and Meg are invited to is exactly like the book. Jo burns off a piece of Megs hair, which is done so well in the movie. Jo dodges a male that wants to dance with her at the party and lands her in an alcove where she meets Laurie for the first time. Laurie tells Jo all about his time abroad. Jo and Laurie dance in the hallway where no one can see them so Jo will not be embarrassed by the burn on her dress. They run into Meg who has sprained her ankle, and Laurie offers to take them home in his carriage.

Jo and Laurie’s friendship feels just as effortless in the books as it appears on screen. And who can’t love a baby faced Christian Bale?

In the movie, the March girls play in the snow with Laurie while Mr. Brooke approaches Marmee and Meg. Mr. Brooke is not introduced this early in the book. We do not meet him until about a quarter of the way into the book. The girls also do not spend as much time with Laurie so early in the book.

This makes sense for the movie because of having to cram so much information into 2 hours; it’s understood that they have to speed up the story. However, I really enjoyed in the book how Laurie stayed a mystery for a while.

In both the book and movie Amy is struck by her teacher for the limes, Jo writes about her inner struggles for having to conform to the ways of society, and the March girls have their secret society of plays and the Pickwick Portfolio. They accept Laurie as a member and he gives the girls a ‘post office’ for them to share “their most appalling secrets.”

Beth and Mr. Laurence have a much larger part in the books. Beth is often going next door to use Mr. Laurence’s piano, and plays the music that he secretly places out for her. Beth reminds Mr. Laurence his daughter that passed away at a young age, so he dotes upon her.

Amy is just as jealous in the movie as she is in the book that Meg and Jo get to go to the theater with Laurie and John. Amy burns Jo’s manuscript that she’s been writing for years. Jo lashes out and yells at Amy saying she never wants to see her again. Amy apologizes, but Jo ignores her because she’s so upset. Amy gets jealous again of all the time that Jo and Laurie spend together. She follows them when they go ice skating and Amy ends up falling through the ice.

Meg and John do not become close until later in the book; not until after their father comes home. Even then, they do not have much interaction together.

When Meg prepares for Sally Moffat’s coming out party in the book, she is there for days and we see all of the activities the girls do together. Meg feels embarrassed because of her status and how poor she is. All the other girls have gorgeous silk dresses and jewelry. In the movie, Meg is dressed up because the rest feel bad for her. In the book, Meg is dressed up because the rest of the Moffat family has grown fond of Meg and wants to do her a favor.

A telegrams arrives from Washington Hospital that Mr. March has been injured and Marmee leaves to go see him right away. Jo is supposed to ask Aunt March for money for her mothers train ticket, but can’t bare to ask her, so she sells her hair. Mr. Brooke offers himself as company to Mrs. March as she travels. This is the same in the movie as in the book.

A small difference between the book and movie is when Jo wins the money for her story being published. In the book, we see Jo submitting her stories and the entire writing process; not just her winning the money. She struggles with what to write, where does she go to get it published, etc.

Beth comes down with scarlet fever because the Hummel’s baby has it. Hannah says that Amy must stay with Aunt March because she hasn’t had scarlet fever. In the book, Amy fights tooth and nail and will not go. The only way Amy agrees to goes is when Laurie tells her he’ll visit everyday; which he does. This is where we first see the relationship between Laurie and Amy blossom.

While Amy is staying with Aunt March, we see the two women growing closer together. Aunt March takes the responsibility of making sure Amy because a suitable lady since she believes none of the other girls have a chance of marrying a suitable man. This makes more sense later when Aunt March chooses Amy to go to Europe instead of Jo.

In the book, Beth’s health improves better before Marmee gets home from Washington. In the movie, Marmee coming home is what makes Beth better.

When Meg and John agree to marry, Jo gets visibly upset because she doesn’t want to lose her sister. In the books, this is a huge struggles for Jo. She does not like the way things are changing, and tries her best to deal with it. Jo has many internal struggles throughout this story that are beautifully written throughout the books.

The speech that Laurie makes to Jo after she turns down his proposal is almost verbatim from the book. However, in the book Jo doesn’t tell anyone but Marmee that she’s refused Laurie’s proposal. In the movie, we see Jo telling Beth, Amy and Marmee. This is an impossibility in the book since Laurie proposes while Amy is abroad with Aunt March.

No one ever tells Amy that Laurie has proposed to Jo, but she eventually figures it out when she runs into him in France. Laurie is so heartbroken that he begins to throw his life away until Amy confronts him about it. We see the relationship between Laurie and Amy develop over a year or so, where in the movie it seems like their relationship is forced. Their romance is much more natural and their marriage not so much a surprise because of all the back story. Laurie also never promises to kiss Amy before she dies.

Jo feels the need to get away and needs a change in her life. Jo moves to New York to live with one of Marmee’s friend who runs a boarding house. She keeps to herself at first until running into Mr. Friedrich Bhaer. In the book, Jo secretly watches him around the boarding house finding an attraction to him. He’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. He even teachers her German.

In the movie, we see Jo having a hard time selling her work to publishers. In the book, Jo writes romance stories and has no problem selling them to magazines. Never in the book is she turned down for writing because she is a woman, or does she write under the name of a man.

Friedrich comments on the stories that she’s writing saying that she’s basically selling herself out and not writing what she really wants. Although it hurts for her to hear it, she knows that he is right and should write what she wants. This is similar in the book and movie.

As Jo and Friedrich grow closer in the movie, he takes her the opera. This never happens in the book. The timeline in the movie is also rushed. Jo does not begin a relationship with Friedrich until after Amy and Laurie are married and return home to Connecticut.

Another major difference between the movie and book is Meg and John’s relationship after marriage. We see all about their troubles as husband and wife. How Meg tries to run her own household, deal with John’s imperfections, and really learn one another. Since they never spent a lot of time together before they were married, it’s very hard for them to live together at first. We also see Meg and John’s children grow to be toddlers, talking and running around. In the movie, we only see them as newborns.

In the movie, Jo gets a telegram and rushes home when she hears Beth is ill. In the book, Jo is already home when Beth is ill and takes her on a vacation. Beth admits that she hasn’t been feeling well and knows that she will not be living much longer. We slowly see Beth becoming sicker, as supposed to the movie when Jo arrives home and she’s suddenly deathly sick. It’s more of a progression in the book. Beth’s death hits Jo a lot harder in the book and she is completely shaken by it.

Side note: At this point of reading the book I couldn’t help but think of the Friends episode where Joey is reading Little Women and has to put the book in the freezer because Beth is really sick  : )

One thing that I love about this movie, that you just cannot do in a book, is the montage of Jo writing about her life putting together her novel. This is done extremely well, and is such a touching moment in the movie.

When Friedrich comes to visit Jo in the book, it is not because her book is being published. He has business in the area and wanted to see her. Friedrich stays a friend to Jo for a while and eventually over time they agree to marry.

In the book, Jo and Friedrick turn Aunt March’s house into a boarding house and school for children. They even have children of their own.

I love watching movies that have been made about books just to see the differences between the two. I enjoyed both the Little Women book and movie for different reasons, and didn’t mind the differences that were made for the movie. I haven’t watched this movie in years, but I still loved it just as much as I did when I first saw it.

Have you also read the book and watched the movie? What are your take on the differences?

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Book-vs-Movie: Breaking Dawn

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on December 23, 2011

Book-vs-Movie: Breaking Dawn
Book Release: August 2, 2008
Movie Release: November 18, 2011

I will be the first to admit that I am a total Twihard. I inhaled the books and have enjoyed all of the movies. So this will be an extremely thorough review!

Loved the opening scene of the movie how Jacob took off after receiving the wedding invitation. This is really what makes these movies: seeing things from others point of view. In the book we only get to see things from Bella’s perspective. Unfortunately we do not get to see Bella in her ‘tank’ of a car that Edward buys for her.

Edward tells Bella about his past and how he’s killed people. In the books, we learn this early on in the series. I was surprised that they actually included it in this movie. Edward tells Bella about his past in her bedroom, when Emmett and Jasper show up for Edward’s ‘bachelor party.’ I was so glad that they included this because it was such a cute part of the book.

When everyone shows up at the Cullen’s house for the wedding, Charlie’s notices the graduation caps hanging on the wall. Renee says it’s creative and Charlie says it’s just weird. Gotta love Charlie : )   Even Stephenie Meyer had a cameo during the wedding scene!

The commentary of all of their high school friends was hilarious. Talking about how all of the Cullen ‘family members’ (vampires) look stunning, how Jessica thinks Bella is pregnant, and everyone telling Alice that the entire wedding wasn’t over the top when it really was.

I loved how during the wedding vows they played Iron and Wine, the song from ‘Twilight’ when they had their first dance during the prom. They even had an extremely long kiss on the alter like in the book.

I didn’t like how during the reception when meeting Bella, Irina freaks out because there are werewolves at the wedding and one of them killed Laurent. She gets visibly upset and walks away. I understand that they’re setting up the next movie, but for such a short scene, I don’t think it was necessary.

Some of the speeches during the reception were just awkward. Besides Emmett and Charlie, I didn’t care for any of the others.

Edward lead Bella away from the reception because he knows Jacob is in the woods, just like in the book. They share a dance and then Jacob freaks out because he finds out Bella is going to have a ‘normal honeymoon.’

When they leave for their honeymoon, Bella has no idea where she’s going just like in the book. They fly to Rio, then get on a speedboat and head to Isle Esme!

Edward and Bella are very affectionate and it’s nice to see for a change. Edward isn’t as cold and standoff-ish like the previous films. It makes you believe that they’re a real couple getting married and going on their honeymoon.

During this first part of this movie, there were a lot of music montage pieces that I felt were really unnecessary. It caused the movie to move slower than it really should have. I’m guessing this is because of the directors style.

Once they arrive at Isle Esme, there is an awkward moment between the two of them when Bella asks her a few ‘human minutes.’ Then she goes into the bathroom brushes her teeth, combs her hair, and shaves her legs. Bella goes through the bags that Alice packed and realized that there’s no bathing suit… just lingerie. That is when Bella gains her confidence and walks to the beach in her towel. This plays out pretty exact to the book.

The scene of Edward and Bella skinning dipping and then later in bed are pretty hot and heavy. Woot woot! Edward breaks the headboard in mid-thrust, and Bella wakes up surrounded by feathers and the room a wreck.

Bella is in the bathroom remembering all the great moments of the night before, when Edward walks in and ruins it by showing her all the bruises he gave her.

He feels terrible and totally deflates her good mood. This part of the movie pretty much plays out word for word from the book. Bella tells Edward to cheer up, they both agree it was the best night of their lives, and then Edward stops all of Bella’s attempts at seducing him. They play games, walk around the island, and do everything to avoid the bedroom. Then Bella begins to have vivid dreams (although we all know where they’re coming from!).

Bella wakes up to a note that Edward has gone out hunting. Bella makes herself some chicken and halfway through runs to the bathroom to throw up. She reaches into her bag for some Pepto Bismal when she notices a box of tampons. She then realizes that her period is late and is confused because she believed she couldn’t get pregnant. Then she goes to the mirror and notices her stomach is larger, then feels something move inside of her.

At that moment Alice calls. When reading the book, we know that she called because she stopped seeing Bella’s future; they do not mention this in the movie. Carlisle gets on the phone and Bella tells him that she believes she’s pregnant. Edward then gets on the phone and talks to Carlisle and arranges a flight home immediately. While Edward is packing, Bella sneaks away with her phone and calls Rosalie. This entire scene was also taken directly from the book.

What we do not see in the book but hear about, is Jacob at home eating dinner with his father and Charlie. Charlie tells Jacob that Bella is sick and extending their honeymoon. Jacob takes off and goes directly to the Cullens’. Rosalie gives Jacob a hard time about getting close to Bella. Then Bella stands up and Jacob sees her bruising stomach. All of the scenes with Carlisle talking with Bella about the possibilities of what the baby is and the tests they perform is removed from the movie, and spoken with Jacob in the room in about a minute. This was a great choice to do for the movie.

Edward talks to Jacob and begs him to talk to her to try and keep her alive. In the book, Edward goes even further and says that if Bella wants a baby that badly Jacob can get her pregnant. They definitely did not put that in the movie!

Jacob gets frustrated when Bella won’t listen to him, and takes off in wolf form. He meets up with the rest of the wolf pack and they all see that Bella is still human, but pregnant with a ‘beast.’ Sam says that they will attack the Cullens and Jacob defies him. Jacob says he will not follow anyone but himself, and takes off on his own. Seth and Leah follow him, and give Jacob a hard time about being alpha. When he asks them to do things, they joke “Is that an order, alpha?” This scene takes place with all of the actors in wolf form, which came out pretty cool. It was also extremely true to the book, which was great.

Jacob goes into the Cullen’s house and tells them what Sam has planned. The Cullen’s and Jacob’s new pack all agree to protect Bella. Just like in the book, Esme brings the wolves sandwiches and clothes.

Insert some more music montages of Bella’s health getting worse, Edward and Carlisle researching vampire children, Jacob protecting the house… yawn.

Carlisle tells Bella that ‘the fetus’ is killing her and it will not stop. Bella hasn’t eaten and can’t get any nutrition. They do a much better job of showing Edward furious with Bella about her choices than they do in the book. Robert Pattinson does a wonderful job of showing Edward’s emotions.

Jacob is sitting with Bella thinking about how ‘the fetus’ wants something to “sink it’s teeth into,” when Edward gets the idea to feed Bella blood. The look on Jacob’s face when Bella is drinking blood from a straw is hilarious. Then Edward begins to ‘hear’ the baby thoughts.

When Carlisle, Esme and Emmett go out to hunt and collect more blood bags that Bella is going through, they run into the wolfpack and begin to fight until the Cullen’s are able to run away. Once they leave, Bella goes to grab the cup of blood and the baby breaks her spine.

The birth scene is similar, but different to the book. I haven’t reread the book in about a year, so I could be off with some of the following comparisons.

Rosalie cuts Bella’s stomach with a scalpel, which I don’t remember happening in the book; Edward bites through Bella’s stomach to get the baby out. Then Alice has to drag Rosalie from the room because the human blood is making her thirsty.

That leaves Jacob and Edward in the room with Renesmee. This doesn’t happen in the book because Jacob doesn’t imprint at this moment. In the book, Renesmee is rushed right out of the room.

Then Bella dies and Jacob begins CPR. Edward stabs Bella in the heart with a needle full of his venom. Jacob is so angry that he leaves the house crying and all of the wolf pack believes that she died in childbirth.

Edward continues to bite Bella to help spread the venom even faster, which I don’t remember happening in the book either.

Then there is an awesome cut scene, which is probably what caused people to have seizures, where Bella is lying still on the table, but a CGI scene of Bella’s veins coming back to life. She’s thrashing around on the table screaming, when the scene cuts back to her body still again. It was an awesome way to show the pain and burning that a vampire being turned goes through.

Another awesome scene was when Jacob goes back into the house and imprints on Renesmee. He freezes and can’t take his eyes off her. He pictures her entire life as she’s growing up, and talks over the images saying how he would do anything and be anyone she needed to be. He falls to his knees because the feeling is too strong.

Sam’s wolf pack shows up to the Cullen household and begins a fight with Edward, Alice and Jasper. They continue to fight, but the Cullen’s are outnumbered. Then Emmett, Esme, and Carlisle return to help in the fight. I don’t remember this fight scene happening in the book.

We then see Bella in a blue dress lying on the hospital table slowly coming back to life. Her bite marks are healing, her spine reforms, her hair curls, and skin turns pale white. Her life flashes before her eyes with clips from previous movies, and they play “Bella’s Lullaby” from the first movie.

All of the Cullen’s and Jacob are around the table waiting watching Bella. In the book we know this is because Alice told everyone that she can now see Bella again and that she will be waking up soon.

I couldn’t wait until the end of this movie, not because it was terrible, but because I wanted to know how they would split the book. I’ve talked about it with many people, and I was exactly right! We see Bella lying on the hospital table, then the camera focuses on her closed eyes, which open and are blood red.

Hope everyone stayed after the credits to watch the extra scene! A human enters the Volturi lair and hands Aro an envelope from the Cullen’s alerting them they’ve added a new member to their coven. They talk about how they’re increasing their numbers, and how the Cullen’s have something that Aro wants.

I cannot wait until the next film, and I really hope that they don’t cut a lot out. The one story line in particular that I really hope is left in is the J. Jenks story line. Meyer does a great job with this, and I would love to see this on screen. I’m also curious to see how Renesmee will be portrayed.

The one thing I’m most excited for? The Volturi are back! I absolutely love Michael Sheen as Aro, and cannot wait for the big Cullen/Volturi battle.

Did you read Breaking Dawn and also see the movie? Do you agree or disagree with my review? Let me know!

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Book-vs-Movie: Water for Elephants + Giveaway

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on October 27, 2011

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Water for Elephants
Book by Sara Gruen published in 2007
Movie released in 2011

As far as movie and book comparisons go, this movie stayed very true to the book. It was great to see a movie almost be scene for scene from the book.  And I thoroughly enjoyed both!

The movie starts off the way the book ends: Jacob is an elderly man standing in a circus parking lot looking lost. A ‘darn kid with a ring in his lip’ walks up to him and asks him if he needs help. The owner of the circus then comes over and invites him into his trailer. As the man calls the nursing home Jacob left from, Jacob looks at a picture on the wall and laughs while muttering “Benzini Brothers.”  That is the segue into Jacob telling the circus owner his life story.

There is no bouncing back and forth between the past and present like there is in the book. I actually found this more enjoyable. When I was reading the book, I found myself speeding through the chapters with Jacob as an elderly man just to get back to the story at the circus.

The movie continues with Jacob as a young man saying goodbye to his parents before leaving his house to take his final veterinary exam at Cornell. Just like in the book, his exam is interrupted by the cops telling him his parents have been in an accident.

Jacob looses his parents, his house, and all personal belongings all in one day. He has no where to go, and no one to stay with. He begins to walk to Albany, and boards a train along the way.  Little did he know that it was a circus train that would change his life.

Jacob is shown being drawn to Marlena much earlier in the movie than the book. This makes sense since the movie is shorter than the book. I enjoyed this because it cut out a lot of the unnecessary details of the book. What can I say? I’m not one for details.

A major story line that was also cut down for the movie was August. Gruen does a wonderful job of making you love to hate him.  Since the movie focuses more on the love story between Jacob and Marlena, August is not shown as much. He’s still a big part of the movie because of the integral part he’s plays in them getting together… but I wouldn’t have minded seeing him a bit more on screen. Especially since Christoph Waltz played August beautifully.  He’s mean, psychiotic, and fantastic.

Also, there is no Uncle Al in the movie; August is the one that runs the show.  I’m assuming that this was done because in the book he was a secondary character, and it made more sense for the movie.  However, I didn’t feel that it detracted from the movie at all.

When Jacob meets Rosie for the first time on screen, it’s magical. Seeing Jacob connect with such a beautiful creature on screen is just something that could not be captured in a book. It was truly heartfelt.

Jacob spends more time with and gets closer to Rosie than in the book, which makes the ending more believable to me. While reading the book, I wasn’t quite sure if that was realistic. In the movie, definitely. [No spoilers, I won’t tell you what happens! *insert evil grin here* ]

In the movie, Jacob talks to Camel in Polish, and Rosie responds. Jacob then lists a bunch of phrases for August to read aloud to Rosie in polish. The elephant does handstands, raises on her hind legs, and other tricks as well. I do not remember this happening in the book, but I very well could have missed it.

Jacob and Marlena take off together after August hits Marlena, and they spend the night in the hotel. The difference between the book and the movie is that August’s men find them at the hotel and beat up Jacob. In the book, the main clerk tells August that Marlena isn’t there.

When Jacob finds his way back to the train, he finds that Camel and Walter are missing, and he knows that they’ve been thrown from the train. Jacob climbs the top of the train to get to August’s car, but doesn’t leave the knife on his pillow as a threat like he does in the book.

At the end of the movie before the credits rolled, a montage of old family movies with Jacob, Marlena, and their children were shown. This was wonderfully done, and was a great way to wrap up the movie.

It was amazing seeing Gruen’s story come to life. The train cars, animals, tents… it was phonomenal! The circus acts brought to life were wonderful on screen.  This was something that wasn’t really described in the book, since it was only from Jacob’s perspective. It was great to see, and also makes sense for the movie.  Also seeing the costumes from that time period were gorgeous. The movie was total eye candy!

Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson were wonderfully cast for Jacob and Marlena.  Witherspoon was stunning, and did a majority of the circus tricks Marlena did in the book.  Witherspoon really made you feel for Marlena, and her love for Jacob was genuine.

I was actually hesitant to watch the movie because I wasn’t sure if Pattinson could hold up to my perception of Jacob. (Side note: I love that Pattinson played a character named Jacob : )  After watching the movie, Pattinson definitely broke out of his ‘Twilight’ mold.  He was determined and loving just like Jacob was written.

Other scenes that translated well from page to screen were when Jacob meets Walter, Jacob waking up in a trunk dressed like a clown, and Camel bringing Rosie back to the circus with alcohol. They were cute scenes that I enjoyed in the book and were extremely fun on screen.

I enjoyed both the book and movie, and loved how similar they were.  A definite recommend for both!

Have you read the book? Scene the movie?  Maybe both?  Let me know your thoughts!

Giveaway Details

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Book-vs-Movie: Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 21, 2011

Book published in 2004: 4 of 5 stars
Movie released in 2009: 4 of 5 stars

Nate Burke, a Baltimore police detective, blamed himself for the death of his partner in a shootout, and the resulting anger and grief sent him into a depression so dark and deep he thought he would never climb back out. Then Nate decides to accept the position of police chief in the small town of Lunacy, Alaska, and it seems as if life is giving him one more chance. Things are certainly different in Lunacy, and Nate begins to enjoy his encounters with the town’s colorful inhabitants, especially bush pilot Meg Galloway. The unexpected romance that slowly develops between Nate and Meg becomes quite complicated, however, when the body of Meg’s father, who disappeared in 1988, is found in an ice cave, and Nate has to try to keep his new love safe from a cold-blooded murderer who is willing to kill again to keep old secrets safely buried.

I read the book first, and it is actually one of my favorite Nora Roberts novels.  I enjoyed the edgy dynamic between Nate and Meg, and love how strong both of the characters are.  It was a refreshing “city boy moves to a small town” story.  Nora Roberts writes with such detail about Lunacy, Alaska that it becomes a character in the book.  The town was such a fun setting, and it was great reading about what life would be living living in a small town in Alaska.

I thought this movie was perfectly cast: LeAnn Rimes was excellent as Meg.  She was just as independent and determined as the character in the book.  Eddie Cibrian played an excellent Nate (doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty damn sexy without a shirt on!).  He is believable as a man with a haunted past that wants to start a new chapter in his life.  The charisma between the two actors is really what made this movie just as heartwarming as the novel.  Meg’s pain over her father brought tears to my eyes; Nate’s uncomfortable feelings about being the new guy in town was quite humorous; and the sex scenes were hot!

The movie didn’t leave out much from the book; just condensed the timeline and details.  The scene I loved most in the movie was the New Year’s kiss.  It was so sweet and perfect with the northern lights glowing in the background.  It gave me butterflies  : )

A lot of the smaller crimes were left out to save time, which made sense for the movie.  Mayor Hopp, played by Jayne Eastwood, was an absolutely fabulous character!  I wished that she was included more in the movie, but the focus was on the relationship between Meg and Nate.  The relationship between Meg and her mother was also portrayed really well on the film.  Especially the scene when Meg tells her mother about her fathers death.

If you have not read this book, I definitely recommend it!  It was suspenseful and romantic.
If you’ve read the book, watch the movie now!  It was that good.
A definite recommend for both.

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Book-vs-Movie: The Da Vinci Code

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 17, 2011

Book by Dan Brown: 3 of 5 stars. Published in 2003.
Movie: 4 of 5 stars. Released in 2006.

Yes, you read that correctly. I liked the movie better than the book (ducks to avoid getting hit by fans).  When books become extremely popular, I try not to read them right away because they tend to get too hyped. Then I read it and feel let down because it’s not earth breaking… which is exactly what happened with The Da Vinci Code. I will admit that I watched the movie first when it had come out, and just recently read the book (so I might be slightly biased).

I was surprised how similar the book and the movie were. The movie and book both start out exactly the same: Sohpie Neveu’s grandfather is murdered in The Louvre by the albino. Robert Langdon is abroad and is contacted by Interpol to look at the body. Sophie gives Robert her cell phone to listen to her voicemail message telling him to meet her in the bathroom. Sophie tells Robert about the tracker in his jacket pocket, and she attaches it to the soap and throws it out the window. The two sneak back into the museum to look at the body. They find the clues in black light writing, then the fleur-de-lis key. They are then chased out of the museum by security, and must run for safety. Simultaneously, the albino monk has killed the final living members of the primary guardians of the grail.

The safety deposit box scene at the bank was extremely similar as well. The scene at Lee’s house is almost verbatim from the book, which I thought was great.

I’m getting a little confused with the cryptex. I believe in the book there were two, one embedded within the other; and in the movie there was only one. (book and movie were starting to merge!) But both words to open the final clue were Apple.

The major difference between the book and the movie was Sophie. In the book, the story revolves around Sophie, her family, and her past. In the movie, the story is about how Robert helps solve the crime. I wish that the movie would have made Sophie more of the lead character she was in the book.  But I understand how Hollywood works, and how Tom Hanks had to be the movie lead. However, I don’t think it would have made much of a difference if Sophie has the larger role she did in the book.

Another difference was the man at the church at the end of the movie.  We are led to believe that he is just someone that works at the church, however in the book he is Sophie’s brother.  Sophie was led to believe that her parents and brother were killed in a car crash, but it was a rouse to split up her family to help protect the bloodline.

The book was more detailed, which is always the case when a book is turned into a movie. Some of the background in the book was extremely interesting… however some of the content is very ‘textbook like.’ I had a flashback to a college art history class, and felt some of it was unnecessary and too much. But I understand and respect why it was included.

The ending of the book and movie were the same: Robert discovering that Mary’s body is being held in the Louvre.  However, I feel the movie has more impact. Listening to the score build, and Robert following the Roseline is much more compelling than simply reading the words on paper.

I know many people are not going to agree with me on this, but that’s what blogging is all about right? These are my personal opinions. Have you read the book and seen the movie? What are you opinions? I’d love to hear them!

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Book-vs-Movie: The Dresden Files

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on August 26, 2011

5 of 5 stars
Genre(s): Fantasy, Sci-Fi

I’ve read a few of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files books and have thoroughly enjoyed them.  I recently discovered The Dresden Files was a TV show on the Sci Fi Channel in 2007, and had to watch it.  I wish they had made a second season of this TV show, because I thoroughly enjoyed this, too!  It was light, funny and extremely entertaining.

I thought Dresden and Murphy were perfectly cast, and loved the chemistry between them.  Dresden was very quirky, and always annoying Murphy just as he does in the books.  Dresden was always making sure that Murphy was paying him for his time.  It was great to see these two characters come to life on TV.

I really enjoyed Bianca, even though she was only in one episode.  She looked just as I pictured her, and was absolutely fabulous as the infamous vampire.

Bob’s character is another story.  I know, he lives in a skull and that’s hard to portray on screen, but I expected him to be… younger, and dirty, and less helpful like he is in the books.  I was also upset that Susan was only in one episode.  I know the show was only on for one season, but c’mon, it’s Susan!

I liked how some of the episodes were pulled directly from the books.  The story line of Harry’s past with his Uncle was a favorite of mine.  This was played out very well on the show.  It was also funny to watch light bulbs and video cameras spark if Harry got too close.  Unfortunately he drove a Jeep instead of a Beetle, but it was extremely run down.  There were also lots of jokes about his ad in the phone book (“No, I do not do love spells.”).

If you’ve ever read any of The Dresden Files books, I would definitely give this TV series a chance.  I thought it was awesome, and highly recommend it!

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Book-vs-Movie: The Bourne Identity

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on August 20, 2011

Book by Robert Ludlum – 4 of 5 stars. Published in 1980.
Movie 5 of 5 stars. Released in 2002.

Like most movies that are based on books, the book is extremely more detailed (and 608 pages!).

Both stories start the same way: Jason Bourne is floating in the ocean and picked up by a fishing boat.  He wakes up in the care of the crew and realizes he has amnesia.  Bourne has the info to a bank account in his hip and when the boat docks, it’s  the first place he goes.

Bourne is shown to a safe deposit box and dumps all the contents into his infamous red bag.  While at the bank, he realizes that people are coming after him.  How does he get away? Enter Marie.

This is where the movie and book begin to differ greatly.  In the movie, Marie is unemployed and struggling to make a living.  Bourne pays her to drive him away from the bank.

In the book, Marie is a French-Canadian government economist on a business trip in Zurich. Bourne takes her hostage and forces her to drive away from the bank.

From here on out, the plot stays the same, but the story line is different.  In the book, Bourne finds out about Treadstone and Blackbriar in the first story of the series.  We don’t hear about these in the first movie.  Also in the book, Marie uses her contacts and past education to help Jason.  She is more of an integral part of Jason taking out Treadstone than in the movie.

I definitely want to read The Bourne Supremacy, but will take a break before I do. The Bourne Identity was a long book with lots of details causing it to become slow at times.  However, for a book that was written 31 years ago, it is not that dated.  It is highly suspenseful, mysterious with a little love action thrown in.

If you enjoyed the movie, I would definitely recommend taking a stab at the book.

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Book-vs-Movie: Midnight Bayou

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on August 2, 2011

Book: 4 of 5 stars – A definite recommend.
Movie: 3 of 5 stars – Good stuff.

Up front: I read the book first.

I’ve been a loyal Netflix user since 2006, and am one of the people that do not mind paying more for their services. I’ve always taken full advantage of it, and will continue to do so!

I recently searched through their made-for-TV-movies of popular books. I don’t know about you, but once in a while I get in a hot bubble bath with a nice sappy romance novel. Recently I read Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts, and noticed it was on Netflix! I ordered the disc and waited patiently for it to come in the mail.

Midnight Bayou was a definite page turner for me. I couldn’t put it down! Declan Fitzgerald, your typical hunky guy born into money, has decided to leave his law firm in Boston and buy a grand house in Louisiana, Manet Hall. The house has not been lived in for years and need lots of work. While Declan is working, he begins to hear and see things that are not really there. Thinking it is all in his head, he doesn’t tell anyone.

Declan’s neighbor, Angelina Simone, pays him a visit, the two hit it off, and *spoiler alert* Angelina spends the night. Angelina is woken up in the middle of the night by a crying baby. Angelina is also hearing things that are not currently happening, but does not admit this to Declan.

It turns out Declan and Angelina are the reincarnation of the previous residents that were murdered in the house. This was a great paranormal twist that I did not see coming, and added an additional element to an already great story.

So when the DVD came in the mail, I make my popcorn and plop down in front of the TV. I’m one of those people that believe that “the book is always better than the movie.” Although that is true in this case as well, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It didn’t hurt that Jerry O’Connell played Declan ; )

The book was better, having more details and more character development as usual. But as a made-for-TV-movie, this was excellent. It was much better than I expected, and I kept it for another day to watch it again.

Bottom Line: If you read the book, definitely watch the made-for-TV-movie!  If you’re looking for a good chick lit or chick flick, definitely look into both! Midnight Bayou gets a thumbs up from me.

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