Friday Night's Book-to-Movie

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Night's Book-to-Movie is a new meme I've decided to do... it may be weekly or bi-weekly. I've got my hubby working on an icon for me already.

I will review a book and the movie based on the book here together. I may do a thorough review of both if it's something I've read/seen recently, or if it's one from the past (since there are many) I'll just do a brief review.

This week I'm going to start with one that has been discussed in one of the blogs I follow as the blogger used it for her Booking Through Thursday's worst recent read. (I can't remember whose blog this was so if it's you please comment here and I'll link your blog!)

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

I haven't read this in a long time, though I couldn't tell you when since it looks like I forgot to add it to my list. (Crazy how many books I've realized I forgot to add since I started keeping track in 2005). This was somewhat of a shorter read. It's about a 15-year-old boy who engages in a sexual affair with an older woman during one summer. They eventually lose touch and the next time he sees her is 15 (?) years later when she is on trial in court. He then thinks back to things that happened back during their affair and connects things to her current state.

Like I said, it was a shorter read, but it was sort of dull too. I thought the book was just okay. It isn't even like the affair they have is really all that scandalous (as it would be nowadays). The main point of the book is their relationship and the "twist" at the end which, of course, I can't give away here. It does give you something to think about, though, in a way.

Now on the movie, starred in by Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes. (And the actor who plays the 15-year-old boy). I did not like the movie. It's fairly dry, though "independent movie" fans may enjoy that aspect of it. And whoa nudity and sex. There's a lot of it and some of it just seems unnecessary. AND I just couldn't get over that this is a 15-year-old child with an adult and yet there were still so many sex scenes. In fact, I read somewhere that they had to wait on doing the sex scenes until the actor turned 18 (in real life)... that's a bit much for me. I liked the part of the movie where he sees her later in court, but then when I thought the movie was going to be over soon, it turned out there was another hour! I honestly couldn't remember at that point if everything in the movie was in the book. It very likely was and I only remembered a small part of it. But it was just so long.

In all, only read the book if you really are interested in the high acclaim it received or because it's on the list of 1001 books to read before you die. Only see the movie if (again, you're interested in all the acclaim) or if you are a fan and have to see everything with Kate Winslet or Ralph Fiennes. Otherwise, I think you might as well skip it.


Linda Ellen said...

Thanks for the review. I was thinking of reading the book a while back, but I'm not sure anymore. Yes, it was because of the acclaim and I usually don't read much in this genre. Well, that means I`ll concentrate my time and energy on another book. =)

Sarbear said...

Your new background is so cute! This movie looked really good. I had no idea it was based upon a book so thanks for the post!

Jenny said...

Linda -- Yeah, it's not that it's awful, it's just not that great either. I'm only glad I read it b/c now I can mark it off that 1001 books list, lol

Sarbear -- Thanks! Yup... it's crazy how many movies are out that I don't realize are books either. Esp. considering how much I read, lol

ANovelMenagerie said...

I really enjoy your blog... but, I can't disagree with you more. Here's my 10 out of 10 rated book review: And, here is my 5 out of 5 rated movie review: We are definitely worlds apart on this one. You know, Amy Riley of My Friend Amy also did a movie v. book review on this one. I cannot remember what she thought of it.. but, that might be another post you want to check out.

Man... we're worlds apart on this one. But, that's kinda cool, huh?

Jenny said...

Sheri -- it is interesting how two reviews can be so different, lol! But your reviews of the book and movie are wonderful and I can see from those why you liked them both. It has been a while since I read the book so I couldn't remember a whole lot of details about it but I remember not being as impressed as I expected. And it's possible that I didn't appreciate the rest of the book as much because I couldn't get over the affair -- to me it is sexual abuse even if the teen is consenting.

Somewhere In Between said...

I'm so glad you found me on book blog! I absolutely adore your blog :) I see we've read some of the same books, I can't wait to go through and see if we shared similar thoughts.

NY Book Cafe said...

I havent read the book but I was not too impressed by the movie. Thanks for the review!

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