“The book’s always better than the movie.”
How many times have we heard that? And it’s almost always true I actually liked the end of The Count of Monte Cristo in the movie better than the book. The movie offers redemption that isn’t in the book.
But mostly, yeah. If there’s a book, I’m usually going to prefer it to the movie adaptation. But here’s the thing. What if the movie came first?
The blog tour information came up, and I read carefully. It was a novelization of a movie instead of the other way around. That left me wondering. Would the book or the movie be better this time?
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What I Thought of Indivisible & Should I See the Movie?
Look, I live in a military town. I’ve seen the pain of deployments and the aftermath in families. I expected it to be a hard book. And it was.
Unfortunately, most of what was hard was slogging through the narrative. The book read almost like a diary of events but not written in a diary style. Because of that, I felt disconnected from the characters.
Now I cared enough to keep reading even when it dragged and dragged, but not enough that I didn’t have to flip back every now and then because I found myself skimming.
Add to that bizarre lapses into present tense for reasons I feel like I should know but never made themselves obvious, and it was just a difficult, uninteresting read.
Frankly, I feel heartless at the end of it. Because real people were hurting in the pages of that book, and I really didn’t care. It was a very disconnected, “that’s sad” instead of feeling my heart ripped out for them.
As a movie?
I sure hope they manage to tell a cohesive story in a way that holds viewers’ attention because if they do with the movie what happened with the book, an important film is going to flop. And I’d really hate to see that happen.
As for the Turners, I pray for them. Why? Because while I read with a detached attitude about the events in this book, they lived them. And though it is obvious that they’ve healed from all they went through, the scars are still there.
I appreciate their service to our country—all of them.