Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Bridge to Terabithia

When I heard they were making a film from one of my most beloved books, I was, well, a little upset. I went and found the poster on the internet to see what sort of direction they'd taken. Grant it, I hadn't read the book in a good long while, but the poster seemed all wrong. Disneyfied. It didn't come close to anything I'd imagined as a kid. And then I saw the trailer. "What?" "Huh?" This is SO not what I remember. Maybe I just forgot how it all went. So I picked the book back up the other day and am about 2/3 of the way through it again. I'm savoring every chapter. With that said, the trailer makes me really upset. It seems really misleading. I thought maybe the author had a hand in "updating" the book, but she's not credited with the screenplay. Needless to say, I'll probably be the first in line on opening night, but I can almost guarantee, I'll leave the theater in a tirade. What next? Franny and Zooey? The Catcher in the Rye? The Secret History? I've always known that Hollywood (with exceptions) lacked imagination. That they couldn't find new material to bring to the screen. That they had to rely on preexisting material to screw up. I'll shut up now and wait to be disappointed.

13 comments:

alison said...

i agree. it looks like they are trying to make terabithia real (in a lion, witch, and wardrobe sort of way) instead of all about their imagination.

Kat Candler said...

EXACTLY!!!!

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know they were making a movie of it! I just bought it for my cousin as a Christmas gift. In my mind it's one of those books that just shouldn't be touched.

katie said...

i had the same reaction when i saw the trailer. i was confused because the book never really said anything about creatures and walking trees and all that crazy stuff they put in the trailer. the movie definitely won't be as good as that amazing book.

katie said...

i had the same reaction when i saw the trailer. i was confused because the book never really said anything about creatures and walking trees and all that crazy stuff they put in the trailer. the movie definitely won't be as good as that amazing book.

Anonymous said...

Salinger's books are safe as long as he's alive and won't let them touch them. If his family and/or estate executors are out for a buck though, once he's gone, you can guarantee we'll see them snapped up by some Hollywood production company in our lifetime.

Anonymous said...

Salinger's books are safe as long as he's alive and won't let them touch them. If his family and/or estate executors are out for a buck though, once he's gone, you can guarantee we'll see them snapped up by some Hollywood production company in our lifetime.

Allie said...

I am a little confused?? Why is everyone so upset? Ok so they are taking a little different direction with this movie, true, and everyone says it seems childish and disney like, well in all reality isn't it really a childs book. I loved this book when I was young, and every adult I have mentioned it to has never even heard of it. So I think that it is great that this amazing story is being given life and a little reality where imagination is abscent. Let's face it we live in a world where people don't like to use there imaginations anymore but like to be entertained and children like to see walking trees and exciting creatures that talk it makes fanatsy, reality for them, so Hollywood decided to give it to them. I am not trying to offend anyone, I mean who am I, I am not a film maker, or an author, or famous, just an average, ordinary small town girl. But I think this movie deserves a chance, who knows the trailer may just be the tip of a very entertaining iceberg and modern day america may love it.

Lindsey Harris said...

People are upset for one very distinct reason: you're taking an Ameican young adult literary masterpiece and ruining it by putting a cinematic twist on it that caters to commercialism. That's why this screenplay was picked up by Disney. Disney has a way of ruining great literature. Look how they destroyed "Lion, Witch..." C.S. Lewis should be turning over in is grave right now. The point here is that Disney has become obsessed with commecialization, and there is no way that they could ever accurately depict or do justice to any novel. From the look of the trailer, there's no way that Disney has captured the point of Patterson's novel. The story is a traditional coming-of-age tale, one in which imagination rules reality, and reality, in turn, trumps the imagination. Not to ruin the book for anyone, but the ending is--well, surprising, to say the least. But it almost has to end that way. Otherwise, the characters can't learn what they need to. If you've read the book, you know what I'm saying. If you haven't read it, then go pick up a copy. You'll undobtedly see what I mean, and you'll undoubtedly agree with me. The movie, however, since it is Disney, could not possibly end the way it should. Disney has once again taken a perfectly good piece of literature and, in true Disney-fied fashion, has totally mutilated it. Way to go. This movie will please young kids--kids too young to read, or kids who simply haven't read the book. For those of you who have read it--get ready to be disappointed in the film. Save your money. I wouldn't see this again even if I did receive another free ticket. Seriously. What was Katherine Patterson thinking when she sold the rights to Disney and then relinquished all creative control? Was she that desperate for royalties that she would sell the dignity of her work?

i love terabithia!!!! said...

i disagree
in the film it shows its all imaginative as she keeps sayin clos your eyes and open your mind wide also when you watch it you can tell its all from the imagination so your all wrong!!

i love this film

lol

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain, i read the book Eragon, the greatest book i've ever read and when i watched the movie the whole story line was back to front i was pissed i couldn't watch the whole movie and I just left.

Anonymous said...

I went and saw the movie before I read the book. It's marvelous. You can really feel it and it's definitely from their imaginations. I think it was wonderfully done and not actually like a typical Disney movie.

Anonymous said...

not sure what you guys are talking about, the movie actually follows the movie perfectly.