As an avid book reader, I continue to be disappointed when I come to love a book that ends up being made into a movie. At first, I used to get really excited when this would happen, but the trend recently is to give the movie a completely different ending. To most, this may not seem like a very important issue, but it bothers me beyond belief. What is the point in advertising a movie based on a book when the book’s storyline isn’t properly depicted? It seems to me that if a director isn’t willing to stay true to a book, then the movie should have a different title!
The most recent example of such nonsense is when the movie “Dear John” was released. After reading the book, I personally viewed this story to be one of the best love stories by Nicolas Sparks.
The moral of the book version is that when you love someone, you want them to be happy even if their happiness comes from someone other than you. This is displayed in the book when John anonymously donates a large amount of money to Savannah’s husband’s cancer treatment. Because of his generous contribution and undying love for Savannah, her husband conquers his cancer and they live happily ever after, with no interference from John. Much to my dismay, the movie director decided to alter this vital aspect of the storyline when Savannah’s husband tragically dies from cancer. Also, the movie ending implies the reunion of John and Savannah. This ending obviously has completely no relevance to the moral of Dear John, the book version.
I am well aware that when creating a movie from a book requires the omission of some scenes and the addition of others, but ones that completely change the book’s message are not well received from the people who took the time to read and enjoy the book. I think that the PR people who promote such movies based on books are being slightly unethical when the movie is unlike the book in major ways. The book readers go to see the movie because of the book they read and expect the book’s plot line to be represented, not ignored. These promoters use the popularity of books to draw an interest in their movie and don’t concentrate on the importance of the book’s plot to readers.