Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book-to-Film: The Book Thief

When I first learned that The Book Thief was being made into a film, I got a stomach ache.  I really didn't think there was anyway that this feat could be effectively done, and I worried that people would watch the film instead of read the book, which would rob many of a truly remarkable and poignant experience.  How would Death be incorporated?  Would they cast twenty-somethings in the roles of the children?  The book is largely about words themselves, so to remove the story from the page seemed a massive misstep.  

Then I saw the trailer.  I adore Geoffrey Rush.  That setting is magical.  The music is atmospheric, sad, and lovely.  It looks like they're trying their hardest to stick to the integrity of the novel.  I'm still nervous, but I've resolved to reserve judgement until I see it.  Who's with me?

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  1. I also didn't think this could be done; in fact, I wished it wasn't happening when I first heard about it. It's my favourite book of all time and I didn't want it to be ruined.

    However, after seeing the trailers and bawling my eyes out, I've changed my opinion. I think it could actually work. Fingers crossed. There's an amazing cast, after all, and John Williams is in charge of the score. I just hope the script does the book justice.

    Jenny :)

    (Wondrous Reads)

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    1. Hi Jenny! Thanks for stopping by! I'm pretty nervous about the film too, but the trailer's got me cautiously optimistic. Here's to hoping.

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  2. I am concerned. But excited. But concerned.

    (how's that for a literary response?)

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    1. I'm totally with you.

      (Totally literary, as far as I'm concerned. :D)

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  3. I'm glad you posted this! I forgot to look it up. This looks so good. I loved the book and I hope the movie can compare to the book.

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    1. I hope so too! Fingers crossed. Want to go see it with me when it comes out??

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  4. I am still concerned but Geoffrey Rush is making things look MUCH better. I adore him in everything.

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    1. For real. Who knew Captain Barbossa and Hans Huberman would ever have something in common.

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