you should probably keep the best parts of the book.
Just watched the movie of Jodi Picoult’s MY SISTER’S KEEPER. Hmmmm.
Unless you’ve never been in a book store or watched TV, you may have heard of Ms. Picoult. It is quite apparent that she has never heard of procrastinating! She tells a good story and makes you think about big issues.
My book club read MY SISTER’S KEEPER a few years ago. While we do not always agree on the books we read, there were two things that we unanimously appreciated about this story: the lawyer’s lines about why he had a service dog and the ending.
What two things did they change in the movie? They only had one random line from the lawyer – which seemed dumb and out of place all by itself – and, much worse, they changed the brilliant ending. So now it’s simply a sad movie. Very forgettable.
Books are always better than the movie… But I think this one actually had competition until the ending. I am not alone – I always seem to be at least a few months behind the cultural norm – but here is Jodi Picoult’s statement about the movie:
“Yes, I know the ending is different. Yes, I know some of you are very upset. I didn’t change it. The author has no control over the movie, and it was hard for me to accept too. However, there’s a great deal in the movie that I think is great, and I enjoyed watching it – and I hope you did too. Please don’t email me asking me why I changed the ending, or “let” Hollywood do that – it wasn’t something I had any control over. Tell Warner Brothers what YOU think. ” (Here’s that link)
Must be frustrating. Maybe she’ll write a book about it…
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK