Book vs Movie

I’m sure I’ve hit this topic before. But I’ve had discussions recently where people say the Harry Potter movies ruined the books and my brain went haywire. So I have to rant about this topic.

First, I’ve read all seven Harry Potter books. I’ve seen the movies that have been released. And anyone who says “the movies are horrible in comparison to the book” (or anything like it) ought to be abducted by aliens. Why am I so harsh on that? Well, there’s this author, you may have heard of her, her name is J.K. Rowling. She wrote Harry Potter. This is HER world that SHE created. But guess what, she wrote books, not screenplays. So someone adapted her books to a screenplay. Someone with his or her own interpretation of what Rowling wrote. Then, you get the casting director. This person is trying to find a talented person who fits the character that they’re viewing. And finally, you have the director with his or her cast and crew putting together this film based of his or her interpretation of what was in the script.

And in the end, you know what you get? A lot of different viewpoints of the same thing. I read the books and found different things interesting and cool versus what other people saw. We may have read the same book, but we all didn’t see the same thing. Some people see Harry as courageous while others view him as annoying. You know what’s the best thing here, though: J.K. Rowling has approved the movies.

Second, you do realize you’re not comparing apples to apples right? You’re not even comparing apples to oranges. In the entertainment industry, here’s how I view this. If someone were to compare Harry Potter to Percy Jackson, I’d say we’re comparing Golden Delicious to Gala apples. If someone were to compare Harry Potter to The Count of Monte Cristo, I’d say that’s more like comparing Golden Delicious Apples to Pineapples. It’s not really fair because some people prefer citrus zing over light and sweet. When someone compares Harry Potter (book) to Harry Potter (movie), it’s like comparing a Golden Delicious apple to a Golden Delicious Apple Pie. The apple is now just an ingredient, not the product. You’re going to taste it, but you’re not going to get the same things.

I just have to roll my eyes at people who compare books to movies. They’re missing out on what they’re really watching. As someone who didn’t read books 1-3 before seeing the movie, I saw absolutely no problem with Prisoner of Azkaban’s movie. When I hear complaints of “they left out (blank), (blank), and (more blank)”, I say “I wasn’t confused. Movies have a different structure.

By the way, I’ll give you that the movie makers ‘ruined’ Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. However, I bet most kids saw the movie before reading the book. Yeah, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was ten times truer to the book. But I was more entertained by orange Oompa Loompas the size of Hobbits than one man over-cloned. What about the Wizard of Oz? Did you read it before watching? Did you know the multiple ways that it’s not like the book and almost ‘ruining’ to it? Probably not. But again, that’s why I don’t compare books to movies.

Alien abductions are involuntary, but probings are scheduled.

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What Dwarf Are You?

So I think I need to start a movie tie-in category on my blog. Ok, done. If you missed my first ‘movie tie-in’ post, which for some reason has been hit because of a google search, you can click here for it. I really liked it.

Trivia question: What were the original names of the 7 dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? (You’ll see the answer if you highlight the white space below.)

Answer: They didn’t have names in the Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It was Walt Disney who gave them names.

Anyway, I’m a numbers/logic/order nerd. Somehow, they coincide, believe me, my sister ‘suffers’ from the same ‘disease’. I also have an awesome memory that can be so annoying sometimes (especially to others.) Which is how I know that in the 1990s when Disney put Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on VHS that they ‘asked people on the street’ to name the Dwarfs. These people named the seven in the same order: Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Doc. Ever since then, I’ve known them in that order. So, I’m going to explain why you’d be which Dwarf.

Sleepy: Nursing mothers, mothers of young children, good fathers, partying teenagers, college students, and a few other random people all have one thing in common: their sleeping habits are shot. Seriously, my friend Casey is always telling me she’s tired. I have a friend that is always telling me he’s sleepy. Yeah, Walt ruined this phrase for us. Honestly, how many times has someone said “I’m sleepy” and had the response “Nice to meet you Sleepy, I’m Doc”? (Or some other lame response.) Guilty.

Happy: People who are pleased with their lives are generally happy people. (Also, according to Elle Woods, people who exercise are. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands. Ah, Reese Witherspoon……..) So, if you exercise, find peace and joy in your day-to-day life, you’re happy. Am I happy? Actually, I’m really happy with my life now. But it’s not something people advertise so much since for every one happy person there seems to be ten cynics that want to ruin that person’s happiness.

Grumpy: Speaking of the ten cynics, grumpy people are the obvious opposite of happy people. But, grumpy people are also those random people who have no extremely good reason to be sleepy. Grumpy people think the world is out to get them, or in my case, my body decides that its awake and wants to do things at 4:30 in the morning when my brain just says no. There are plenty of reasons to be grumpy, sadly. But grumpy people like to be left alone, that’s how the happy people, with there non-murderous-endorphins, live happily.

Dopey: The life of the party. It doesn’t matter what this person says, it matters that this person is just having fun in the “I’m going to ignore whatever is going on around me and just be me and enjoy it.” Yeah, this is similar to happy. But, this is the advertising happy person. This person is happy, doesn’t think any cynic can ruin it, and rolls with it.

Sneezy: Sneezy seemed to be allergic to everything around him. Get me near a cat and you’d think I had the world’s worst cold and should avoid me (a great plan for the Grumpys out there.) Seriously, it’s funny how sneezing works sometime. More times than not, though, when I have a cold, I’m more Snotty than Sneezy (and that takes on a whole new meaning.) Anyway, Sneezy is that moment in your day when your head just says “I have enough” and just goes at it. It can even be competitive. Casey once messaged me that she had 3 random sneezes in a row. A few minutes later, I was walking to my desk from my boss’ office and sneezed twice. First thought: “I need one more cause I can’t have Casey beat me.” Yeah, I tied her. It’s funny, growing up, my brother used to judge whether I was dealing with a cold or allergies by the number of sneezes I had. He honestly would hear me sneeze and start counting. I basically stopped sneezing because I would laugh.

Bashful: The first thing that comes to mind here is “Are you on Planet Loser?” (See this post for what I mean.) Anyway, The Bashfuls in the world are those that really want attention but just don’t know what to do with it when it’s on them. Seriously, the Bashfuls do want attention and are trying to figure out what to do with it when it’s on them. Bashful people are not to be confused with shy people. I don’t believe they are. They just blush really easily under attention.

Doc: The Docs in the world are truly intelligent. But they’re more absent-minded than anything. Seriously, if I were to relate best with a Dwarf, it’d be Doc because I know I’m smart and absent-minded. It’s fun. But being intelligent, being wise, and being smart are all three different things. Be careful that you know the differences or else you may wind up being the dumbest Doc around.

So, which one are you? Think about it. Which one am I? The answer is yes. I am Sleepy, Happy, Grumpy, Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, and Doc. And I am 100% serious on that note.

Be sure to check back later this week when I discuss the ‘Failed Seven Dwarfs’. Who are they? Well, you’ll just have to see (and because I’m not done making them up.)

Alien abductions are involuntary, but probings are scheduled.