Anyway, it's interesting to see the difference between the books and the movies. Recently I watched two movies. I hadn't re-read the books since I last read them, so I can only give you general impressions rather than an accurate account of Book Vs Movie.
THIS POST HAS SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!
- I really liked the ending of the book, even though I almost gave up this book because I didn't like the voice / writing a lot, but somehow I decided to stick to it
- Was excited when I hear a movie was being made! However, I couldn't quite picture Leonardo DeCarpio as the main protagonist. Nothing against him, he just wasn't someone I had in mind when I read the book. I don't know who I'd have cast as I hadn't given it much thought
- After watching the movie, I guess DeCpario did a decent job, but he still wasn't whom I would have chosen.
- I have to say the movie seemed a bit long and slow, in fact I fell asleep a little bit...
- I liked how they played out the big twist in the end. However, while I was browsing online to see reviews of this movie, I read something I never thought of before - the 4 possible scenarios - (1) insane-insane, (2) insane-sane, (3) sane-insane, and (4) sane-sane (see explanations here). I'd always thought it was insane-insane (certainly the impression I got after the book). I initially thought the same for the movie, but after reading the thread posted in the link above, I think for the movie at least, it was more of an insane-sane situation, which added on a second twist. See, if I don't ever read what others think, I never would have thought of all these stuff! It was the same for the book Liar, which I was greatly disappointed in, and didn't quite grasp some of the possibilities until I read others' thoughts.
- Overall, liked the book a bit better. Movie would've been better if it was shorter, and perhaps had less flashback about the wife. They were just a bit weird
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
- I liked the book okay - not bad, but not quite live up to the hype
- I liked the movie much better! VERY WELL CAST! In fact, one of he special features was an interview with the actress who played Lisbeth. I wouldn't have guessed it was her - what a transformation! Kudos to the casting director for seeing the potential and trust that she'd be prefect for the role
- I liked that they cut out the fluff and non-important scenes in the movie. It is much "edited" which was lacking in the book. The story flew much better without the distractions. Now, would I have understood the missing gaps in the movie had I not read the book? I don't know... hard to say
- There were some graphic scenes in the movie, but I think they were necessary in order to explain the character development / plot. It stayed true to the book from what I remembered anyway
- Reading subtitles weren't a problem for me - I grew up watching Hollywood movies with Chinese subtitle. So I am used to reading and watching at the same time
- I will definitely watch Movie 2 and 3! I don't think I'd read the books though
- Will I watch the Hollywood version? Maybe... since I don't usually re-watch movies much either (just like I don't usually re-read books, though there are some exceptions for both medium). I can see why they cast Daniel Craig, in fact, in fact, he reminded me of the actor who played Mikael in the Swedish version. Not sure if it's a good thing or not... I guess that means I WILL have to watch the Hollywood version then just to compare!
- I know Water for Elephants, The Help are being made into movies. Will probably watch those at some point...
- I tried reading Never Let Me Go and couldn't get into it, but the premise sounds interesting. So will probably watch the movie instead.