Beautiful Creatures

I just finished Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. I borrowed it from my daughter’s ever growing library that also serves as her bedroom. I picked it up more out of curiosity than anything else. I know numerous people who’ve read it and raved about the series, but hated the movie translation with a vengeance.

I’ve seen the movie…anyone with a teenage daughter has seen the movie. Whether its five minutes of it that you catch while they’re watching it and you’re busy with something else or if you’d actually bothered to sit down and watch it with them. Regardless of which, most are familiar with it. I’d actually sat down with my daughter and watched it shortly after it came out on DVD. And it was okay. Nothing epic by any means, but a ‘cute’ teenage movie I suppose. Better than some I’ve been ‘forced’ to endure, worse than others.

After the first chapter I knew why fans of the book series where so ticked off about the film. By the fifteenth, I was irritated myself. When I finished the book, I was shocked the authors had allowed the title and character names to be used for the film. Talk about a loose translation…this was by far the worst book to screen adaptation I have ever seen.

With the exception of a few character names, those that Hollywood deemed worthy to include in the film version, nothing was remotely similar…namely the plot of the entire series. Important characters, main characters, somehow disappeared before they ever made it on the silver screen. The dates were wrong, cast selected by someone who apparently didn’t bother to do research first, but then again, neither did the individual who wrote the screenplay. Key points were dismissed and the entire premise was forgotten. What a disappointment in Hollywood.

The book was good. It was a hundred times better than the film. I would recommend it to a friend. The storyline was original enough and it was told from the male leads point of view rather than most that are narrated by the female lead. I found myself drawn in more because of the differences, intrigued by them and dying to know how the story was intended to be told. I will definitely continue with Beautiful Darkness and so on to see how this forbidden love story unfolds. As for the film, I don’t think I could stomach sitting through that farce again.