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.