If you are anything like me, then you usually prefer the book version of a story over the movie. In my opinion, books just have a special quality to them that cannot be captured in a movie. Books make me more emotional. I care more about what happens the characters because I know them better. I can read what they think or how they feel. In a movie, I can’t understand a character’s motives or thoughts or feelings as well as I could in a book because a movie replaces many of the words with images. I’m not saying I don’t like movies. I love them. I just hate it when an author writes an amazing book and someone has to come along and ruin it with a terrible movie. I think this picture sums it up:
Take Percy Jackson for instance. This is one of my top three favorite book series. The movie, however, ranks as my very least favorite movie based on a book. Some movies actually do a good job. My favorite is Harry Potter. It’s amazing to see their world of magic come to life. Just about everything from the characters to the setting is exactly how I imagined it’d be. Percy Jackson is not one of those movies. At all. For one thing, the characters are supposed to be thirteen in the Sea of Monsters, not in their mid twenties! One of the female protagonists, Annabeth, who, in the book, is an incredibly smart kick-butt warrior, is basically a cheerleader in the movie. I feel like the producers took the characters and general ideas of the book and made it into a completely different story. I usually would not mind this as long as it was a good movie, but then they had to go and change a Greek mythology story from they way it has been for thousands of years. I have heard from many of my friends that they liked the movie. Percy Jackson is not a terrible movie; it’s only terrible compared to the books.