1. This is a terrific review. I liked how you closely compared the movie with the book, but you did give the screenwriter credit for the things that worked. (So many people slam the screenwriter when adapting a book to film, and I’m probably the worst offender!)

    I’m not sure I’ll run out to watch the movie, but I will certainly put the book on hold at the library.

  2. Love, love, love this post – most inventive and personal. I’ve not read the book, but am NOT a fan of the film. So – maybe I should try the book! Many thanks for a good read.

  3. DG

    I have read the book and have viewed the movie. IMO, both of them work well within their own universe. Maybe the question is can a viewer/reader remain objective about movie vs book if she/he has fallen in love with one before the other. Could it be that the picture we form of characters in our head while reading a beloved book is too strong to accept a different portrayal on screen? I wonder.

    • I do think it’s hard if you’re attached to a book. I’ve found it’s much easier (probably for that reason) to watch the movie first. Unless it’s a mystery–then I’d usually rather read it first since I think typically suspense is handled better in text form.

  4. Ashamed to admit I haven’t read the book or seen the film – clearly not the literary or movie buff I thought I was! Despite that, I loved reading your post and how you compared the two. Adapting any novel with the weight of The Razor’s Edge must be nerve-wracking for any screen-writer, little wonder that they’re often not a success.

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