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How Sam Claflin ruined 3 movie adaptations for me

Don’t get me wrong. I like Sam Claflin. I really do. He is a talented actor, and he has a great smile. Actually my post is not about Sam Claflin, it’s about downsides of reading a lot of books. I should probably name this post Difficult Life of a Reader.

I’m one of those readers who watch a book-to-movie adaptation only after reading a book. Well, except this time. I never was a big movie fan. If I have to choose between spending evening with a book or watching a movie, I guess I would take book over movie. But I do love movies and I used to watch a lot of new releases. Used to, because it looks like the more I read the less number of movies I can enjoy.
You are asking yourself what Sam Claflin has to do with this all. He just happened to play main characters in book to movie adaptations of my favorite books.

Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games


film series: Catching Fire, Mockingjay

I’ve seen movies and enjoyed them a lot. But I just didn’t picture Finnick as Sam Claflin. I value actor’s talent more than their appearances. But Suzanne Collins made such clear description of Finnick, and his beauty was a big part of his character. And while Sam Claflin is an attractive man, I don’t see gorgeous Finnick in him. Of course it’s just my personal opinion.

Alex Stewart in Love, Rosie


This book makes me very nostalgic, probably because it was one of the first books I’d read (actually listened to the audiobook) in English.
I’ve only seen the trailer. And this is not how I pictured the main character. Also the trailer gave me impression that they’ve made a superficial romcom out of this wonderful sad story. I’ll probably watch the movie, but I think the only way to enjoy it is to forget that I’ve read the book and not compare.

Will Traynor in Me Before You


I loved this book. This emotional story had such profound impact on me, I’m afraid to watch the movie. I’m afraid that if I don’t like the movie, it somehow would diminish my love for this book. And Sam Claflin is so not Will Traynor in my opinion.

A lot of recent releases are book to movie adaptations of books I’ve already read. So many times after wathing a trailer I was like “Why did they cast this actor/actress? This is not how I pictured this character.” And in those rare cases when I actually went to a movie theater I ended up disappointed: “Why did they cut this part of story and add that?” Movies are never the same as books. But probably they shouldn’t be.

8 Comments on “How Sam Claflin ruined 3 movie adaptations for me


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    Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Movie adaptations are hard to get right and I think it is always hard to please everyone. It sucks Sam Claflin has ruined some movies for you, I do really like him as an actor but he was completely wrong as Finnick (at least for me) he acted well in the role but it’s always hard when the character you visualised isn’t seen on screen.

    For me, I can never really embrace the Harry Potter films. I can’t deny they were well made and there were some great characters in there and I loved how the actors portrayed them, such as Alan Rickman as Snape and Maggie Smith and McGonagall but the people cast as the main three just didn’t fit for me. I love each of them as actors and they did a good job in their roles, but appearance wise none of them was right. It was a nightmare watching the films and having the books I love just be a bit off.

    I am glad they continue to adapt books to films and there are some books I’ve only read as a film was released based on it, such as The Hunger Games, and I do think it encourages people to read. It is hard to forgive films when they get it wrong, though.


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    Karen

    I can’t watch movies based on books if I read them. I still haven’t seen THG adaptations. It forever changes how I see the people.

    If I haven’t read the book then I’ll watch and possibly read it later. For some reason I don’t have a problem doing it that way.

    Karen @For What It’s Worth


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    Cyn @ Bookmunchies

    Oh no, bad luck Sam. Haha.
    It’s definitely a struggle of bookworms! I saw the preview for Me Before You before I read the book, so that’s how they ended up kind of looking in my head haha.
    I think Princess Bride, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Stardust are books/movies that I do love almost as equally (but for slightly different review).

    Great discussion!


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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing

    I am the same when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations! I always read book first. And if I end up loving book, I dread whom they will cast for this or that role because I usually have thia imagine of characters in ym head. So yeah, I totally understand where you are coming crom even though I have not read any of the books that you mentioned in this post.


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    Danya @ Fine Print

    I know what you mean, because Kiera Knightley is in a bunch of adaptations of my favourite books (P&P and Anna Karenina are the two biggies) and now she kind of represents all the things I like and dislike about those adaptations. Even when they’re good, they just aren’t as good as the book!

    Well, I guess The Princess Bride is the exception — but aside from that one I always prefer the book over the movie!


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    Joy // Joyousreads

    Oh, well. I supposed we all have our own interpretations of the characters we read so disappointment is always going to be a part of the books-to-film business no matter what.


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    Leah

    I am not a big fan of movie adaptations – some they got right; Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, I don’t HATE Something Borrowed, PS I Love You made me cry, but man. They mess up so many. My biggest one is Confessions of a Shopaholic *deep sigh*. I LOVE THAT BOOK SO HARD. SO HARD. I re-read it a lot, I love it every time I read it and they just screwed it up so badly. Setting it in New York, having Isla Fisher (who is adorable) play Becky was monumentally bad because she couldn’t keep her accent straight. *Sits in the corner sobbing* It just didn’t work!

    However, with Sam Claflin I didn’t necessarily picture him as Finnick, as I’d never heard of him, but I liked him! He pulled off the arrogantly pretty thing, I think. I haven’t seen the other two, but no, I wouldn’t have pictured him as Will either, but I’ll wait til I see the film, because he may well pull it off. He’s certainly charming. Love, Rosie on the other hand I refuse to watch because you’re right: It looks like a superficial rom-com. HOW COULD THEY DO THAT? Where Rainbows End was an exquisite read, so to turn it into a rom-com, where I’m like 99.9% sure the trailer showed a stuck condom, makes me want to weep.


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    Grace

    I will say he is not at all how I pictured Will Traynor. I haven’t seen the movie yet though so he could win me over. Book to movie casting are so hard and feel like they rarely get them right (to me).

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