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Books versus movies: the great debate


Hollywood has run out of ideas for original movies and has now moved  on to a new media to feed on: books.

Many popular books have successfully been turned into movies in the past. Prime examples are “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck.

But the newer movies are different. Hollywood abuses the popularity already associated with books by changing the plot, casting terrible actors, and overall, creating a mess out of what could have been great.

To be honest, movies that are taken from books have turned into nothing but a quest to give prepubescent girls a reason to pant in public.

When I think of movies made for tween girls, one movie comes to mind. Or rather, five movies that should have been destroyed a long time ago. I, of course, am, talking about the infamous “Twilight” series.

Now, to be honest, I am perhaps one of the few boys at this school who has actually tried to understand the “Twilight” craze.

Yes, that’s right. I read the books, and I went to the movies. And I have one thing to say: I’m on Team GTMTHOOML. That stands for Get This Movie The Heck Out of My Life.

Why people care about a girl who has the facial expressionery range of a Buckingham Palace guard, or a wolfman who feels irresistible urges to take his shirt off every 15 minutes, I’ll never know.

But I do know this: “Twilight” needs to leave this earth. Now.

Of course, terrible movies don’t have to have a terrible book behind them.

Take “Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief.” I read the books, and loved them so much I couldn’t help but see the movie.

Unfortunately, the movie was one of the worst I have ever seen. I was shocked by the plot choices the filmmakers made. They cut out nearly all the good parts and changed the plot into a monster as bad as Kronos himself.

To be honest, they would have done better if they had just changed the name to The God of Crappy Special Effects: Part One.

Now, granted, I do approve of their casting choices, but I still am not sure if I’ll want to even see the second movie, even though the second book was my favorite.

But there are rare exceptions to the books-to-movies rule. One of these exceptions is the recent movie “The Hunger Games.”

This movie was actually quite good, and the cast was one of the best I’d ever seen. Granted, I do wish they’d shown more of Gale, but I really can’t complain much beyond that. I love how they stuck to the plot, but gave it a little spice when necessary.

The visuals were really satisfying, and I loved the little quirks the people of the Capitol had.

Overall, this is one of the few books that were successfully turned into movies.

Another great one is the “Harry Potter” series. Now, to be honest, I literally only just got into the whole “Harry Potter” craze. I know, I’m late.

But you know what? It actually is pretty true to the script. I was surprised at how good the casting choices were.

The actors were actually believable, which surprised me and changed my view of the world.

I was pleasantly surprised when I finally decided to see what the hype was about.

Hollywood will continue to make book-based-movies because they have ran out of original ideas.

There are already two movies out this month that are based off of books, “Oz, the Great and Powerful” and “Jack the Giant Slayer,” which are adaptations of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” respectively.  (See reviews below.)

Unfortunately, Hollywood is slowly ruining our love for books and driving our minds to madness as they destroy every story we hold dear.

There are exceptions, but they are so few and far between that we can’t really count them.

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