One of the world’s great debates (right next to all that existential mumbo jumbo) revolves around whether it’s better to read the book before watching the movie, or watch the movie before reading the book. BUT what if the book and movie are so drastically different that it’s impossible for one to spoil the experience of the other? Have you ever experienced such an event?
“No,” you say. “It’s not possible, Steve. Books and movies aren't that different. Stop asking us these crazy questions.”
Crazy? Oh, I think not.
Allow me to introduce, JUMPER, by Steven Gould.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the book, it’s a story about a young man named David Rice who discovers he has the ability to transport, or “Jump” instantly from one location to another, anywhere around the globe. Chaos ensues.
I watched the movie a few years ago when it first came out and loved it. Then recently I read the book and loved it too. BUT the two are not the same. In fact, I imagine 20th Century Fox considering the purchase of the movie rights and saying, “Hmm, I love the Jumping aspect of this book, but I’m not crazy about the rest.”
This isn’t a rant. I’m not angry about the big bad movie company changing the author’s story. Like I said above, I loved both versions. If I had to pick which I liked the best, I’d give the trophy to the book, but it would be a close race.
I know most movies deviate from their book counterparts to some degree (*Cough* Harry Potter *cough*). But if you know any books that are completely (or at least significantly) different from the movie versions, leave a comment below.
Oh, and FWIW, I highly recommend reading JUMPER. Steven Gould is a wonderful story teller.
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