Movies vs. books, round 1

It’s probably more than a coincidence that I’m revisiting Klickitat Street just before the latest movie version of Ramona comes out.  Back in the day, I really liked the tv version with Sarah Polley (also know for being in Avonlea, who’s source material is another favorite author).  And the previews for the movie look pretty decent.  But I know there are people that are _seriously_ upset whenever a movie messes with a beloved classic.

Another friend shared this review from Horn Book which makes me fairly optimistic.

So my question for you:  are you going to see it?  Are you going to wait until its on DVD so you can drink heavily and/or curse loudly while watching it?  Or are you going to avoid like its the Worst Thing That Ever Happened in Hollywood?

Do you have favorite movie versions of books?  Most horrifying?

2 responses to “Movies vs. books, round 1”

  1. Yes! I am planning to take my six-year-old daughter to see the movie (we have read to her or she has read herself all the Ramona books, so it’s OK for her to see the movie), and my mother-in-law wants to go to. While a number of people online were horrified by the preview, I thought it looked cute, and the scenes were from the Ramona books (not wholly invented, as sometimes happens in adaptations). Also, John Corbett as Mr. Quimby.

    What I really dislike in movie adaptations is when they take English books and make them American (A Little Princess, Matilda) or make English characters American (Will Stanton in The Dark is Rising, Roland Michell in Possession, which is not a children’s book, but a good example). It does NOT work at all, at least for me.


  2. I’d have been happier if they set it in the original time period. That would have been more fun. Still, I’ll see it some day when I’m home sick on the couch and can borrow it from the library. It’s just the kind of thing I like when I’m not feeling 100%. And my daughter’s only two, so not ready for sharing it with me.


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