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Does the Movie Live Up to the Book?

Here at SparkNotes, we’ve been publishing the opinions and stories of our very own rock star Sparklers. Today, a Sparkler called Spidrmunkey muses about books, movies, and of course, the T word… —SparkNotes Editors

When Hollywood makes a book into a movie, there’s always risk involved. Ask any reader who has seen the movie version of a favorite novel, and the answer will usually be, “The book was better.”

The problem is, readers have already made up their mind about how the movie should look when reading the book. They have already visualized it so clearly, picked out the perfect cast to portray their favorite characters, and have most likely kept the novel, in its entirety, in the script. Devoted readers are a very possessive bunch and show no restraint in voicing their opinion.

Especially the rabid fans of Twilight. (And I mean no offense, as I am one of them as well!)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about a little book called Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Well, it’s not that little anymore. In fact, it’s fandom has soared to such great heights that Summit Entertainment signed three of the series’ books for a movie deal.

The release of the Twilight movie received mixed reviews: either you loved it, or hated it. Many viewers said that if you gave it a second chance in theaters, the movie became more coherent. Still, even with the haters, the movie skyrocketed to become one of the highest grossing films in 2008. With the second adaptation of the series well underway (New Moon), along with a new male director, more concerns arise.

Are they trying to push these films out too fast?

A MALE director?!? But it’s told from a FEMALE perspective!

Anxious murmurs around the Twilight World got even louder when interviews described adding more of the Cullens to the movie, who—according to the book—are absent through nearly the entire thing. Directors and screenwriters must be careful, though, because changing too much of the story could destroy the entire plot. And what would that do? Leave them forever running from furious fans. Although skepticism continues to swell around the second movie in the saga, the fans still say the same thing:

“I’ll still go see it.”

What do you think Sparklers? Are books or movies better?