Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
As a firm believer of the “Books Will Always Be Better Than Their Movie Adaptations” Law, this challenge of the day was a bit difficult for me to do. I am one of those big complainers when certain books make their way into the movie screens. But then as I stared at my shelf, this book caught my eye.
I have read this book way way back when I was a senior in high school, I think. And I really enjoyed the story. It is a love story with a science fiction twist in it. I was not able to make a review of this before but basically, here’s how it goes: The story revolves around the lives of Kath, Tommy and Ruth, three best friends from Hailsham Borading School. It may seem to be an elite academy with very prim and proper, obedient students at first glance. But this place is a breeding ground for human clones created for the sole purpose of giving up their vital organs to save other people’s lives. Now it may all sound so wrong and scandalous, but what I really love about this book is that it focused on the friendship and lives of the three main characters instead of the implications and ethical issues of the said premise.
In 2010, the movie version of this book was released and I was able to watch it. Unlike other book to movie adaptations I have watched, the changes in this one did not leave me disappointed. In the book, the series of events jumps from past to future to past again, so on and so forth. It was easy to follow in the book, of course. In the movie, it was made in chronological order and the audiences were able to witness how the characters grow and develop throughout their existence. I think this made the plot clearer to those who haven’t read the book.
Also, the setting and the feel of the movie was what I imagined while I was reading the book. I mean, with all the cloning and advances of technology, somehow, the book does’t so futuristic to me. And in the movie, it was depicted just like that as it was set in, like, around the late 80’s or early 90’s. The colors and hues of the film give a vintage and mellow ambiance which is nice. The movie was also able to capture the mysterious Hailsham Boarding School well enough. The students there were following a bunch of weird rules and they are very much in sync and orderly that the audience would easily conclude that there’s something different going on, which was actually true.
The characters Kath, Tommy and Ruth were also portrayed in a very good manner. To those who was able to watch the film, who would forget about Andrew Garfield’s heart-wrenching scream at the end? Although, Ruth seemed to be a little more colder and unfriendly in the movie. In the book, there is a deeper reason why Kath was putting up with Ruth’s bossy and manipulative behavior. Ruth and Kath are great and close friends in the book And I think that was not really touched in the movie version and Ruth seemed to be a selfish antagonist in it.
All in all, I chose this book for this day’s challenge because of all the books turned to movies, this one has fared very well in both versions with each standing with their own appeal and brilliance. The book AND the movie are both captivating.