Page to Screen is a new original feature I’m experimenting with where I talk about film adaptations of YA books
Do your favourite actors influence your viewing choices?
When I read If I Stay, I thought it was a perfectly nice, perfectly sweet, perfectly bland story about a girl with the perfect life trying to decide whether or not to stay alive after her entire family dies in a car crash. Not the best thing I’d read, but by far not the worst. A perfectly OK 3 stars.
And then they went and made a movie, and I thought, OK, I might go see it. In my opinion it probably translates better to screen than it does on the paper anyway, because music plays a huge part in the plot.
And then they cast Chloe Graze Moretz as Mia, and I told my husband, he was like, OK, let’s go see it! Because we are both Moretz fans. She is perfection.
And when I saw the film, I couldn’t stop crying. This somewhat bland, saccharine story was turned into a masterpiece of emotion and feeling. It certainly helped that I knew what was coming, but Moretz was phenomenal and I even think I understood the story better now that it was in the film medium. Previously, I hadn’t quite grasped the communications fallout between Mia and Adam, but the film brought all the important points to the front and trimmed all the fat.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film far more than the book.
There’s a somewhat similar book that’s been released this year, a kind of If I Stay meets The Fault In Our Stars called All The Bright Places. You can check out my review here. Like If I Stay, I wasn’t particularly impressed. It was an OK book.
But they’ve cast my absolute favourite actress as Violet.
So even though I feel quite lukewarm about the book, I will probably go and see this film, too. And not because, unlike If I Stay, I think it will translate well to screen. I want to see it purely because I love Elle Fanning, the tremendously underrated (and perhaps more talented?) younger sister of Dakota Fanning.
What do you think? Do you let your heart rule your head when it comes to viewing films? Do you think films can be better than books?