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Well the films are NEVER as good as the books in my opinion and although this film tried and I did actually enjoy it and would even recommend it, it pales in comparison to the book. I think one of the reasons films will never live up to the books is that they will never be able to satisfy everyone as everyone is individual and everyone's imagination whilst reading obviously sets different scenes for them. I do think the producers did quite well with this but this was always going to be a difficult book to transfer to film no matter which way you looked at it and especially with the internal conversations between Wanda and Mel. I would say that if you haven't read the book then please do as the book is amazing and had me gripped from start to finish back when I first read it in March 2011
The film/book is about alien invasion and how these aliens which are insect like are inserted into the back of the neck and take over the human body via the brain stem etc - sounds much more yucky than it is described in the book or portrayed in the film! Basically these aliens are non violent other than obviously the whole invasion and taking over our bodies thing but they are determined to take over all of earth nonetheless. There are human rebels who are determined not to let these 'Souls' take over and Mel is one of these human rebels along with her little brother and boyfriend Jared. But when she is captured and taken over by Wanderer (Wanda for short), Mel fights back by refusing to just go away and allow her body to be taken over and refusing to give up the location of her loved ones. Wanda feels compelled to find out about Mel and after being filled with visions of the man that Mel loves she sets out to find them and eventually becomes a sympathizer to the human cause.
The book is amazing as it obviously goes into so much more detail than the film could ever possibly hope to do and you get pulled into the story right from the start. As I have said the film has made a good attempt at the book but it simply would never be able to cover half as much as the book and was onto a losing battle right from the start. Good film though but even better book.
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2013 21:21:01 BDT
Moray Greig says:
Mmm. I don't really find that films are never as good as the book. In a few instances, I prefer the movie to the book. But that's just me. I can't judge yet in this case. I liked the movie and have started the book. So we shall see.
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