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  • Writer's pictureIlena Alvarez

The Book Was Better, or Was It?

Updated: May 19

Two fantastic things happened last week! One, the new Bridgerton season (Part I) premiered. If you haven't watched the series on Netflix yet, I highly recommend it. The series takes liberties from the original storyline written by Julia Quinn, but both mediums are fantastic in their own right.

Just to put it into context, Romancing Mister Bridgerton was published in 2002, so the show definitely contains updates to engage the modern reader.

This brings me to the eternal debate: book versus movie/show. It's a topic that has sparked countless discussions, and friendly arguments. But which is better?

The second piece of news that's got me excited is the trailer for the new movie which adapts Colleen Hoover's "It Ends With Us," and it is set to hit theaters on August 9.

Here's a link to the trailer.

There's something magical about getting lost in the pages of a book, immersing yourself in the characters' lives and the intricate details of the plot. But then comes the movie, promising to bring those beloved characters and stories to life on the big screen. Because I think this movie is perfectly casted and I can't wait to see what the actors do in their roles (since I have already read the book).

And here is another interesting point: "It Ends With Us" wasn't my favorite and was a 3-star read for me. But when I saw the trailer, I got so excited and think it may be a better way to experience the story.

There are always questions that run through my head when one of my favorite books is turned into a movie or television show. Will they capture the essence of the story? Will the characters look and feel as I imagined them? Let's see how it measures up to the book!

For me, books often win by a slim margin. There's just something about the depth and intimacy of reading that can't be replicated on screen. But then again, a well-done adaptation can add layers to the story, offering fresh perspectives and visual delights. A good example is Bridgerton, which has such a great score episode-to-episode every season. It takes new music and gives it a Victorian spin. It's part of the phenomena that they call the "Shonda Rhimes Effect" or "Shonda Rhimes Glow Up," after the show's creator, Shonda Rhimes.

What's the last adaptation you watched and did you prefer the book or movie/show?

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