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Book vs. Movie – The Secret Life of Bees

Last time I compared The Shining (post and the still open poll here) and this time I am comparing one of my favorite books and a new movie favorite.  My Secret Life of Bees review from 2009 is here. This is going to be a close call.

The Story/Plot  This is really a coming of age story for Lily, who has the burden of her mother’s death on her shoulders as well as feeling unloved by her father.  Both the movie and the book portrayed that.  They were so close in storytelling that the few differences from the two, Lily and Zach at the movies and the Sunday church services at the pink house, were not enough to make me choose either one.  Tie

The Visual  I thought the movie brought this story to life beautifully.  I loved seeing the richness of the south and especially liked seeing the beekeeping on screen.  I only wish there had been more of it.  Thumbs up-Movie

Characters vs. Actors  I love Queen Latifah and thought she was a great choice for August.  Actually all of the actresses were great.  The only one that didn’t really match my mind’s view was Rosaleen but the actress was fine.  Withe that being said, I loved the characters in the book and felt a much deeper connection with Lily in the book.  Tie

The Ending  The movie had a hollywood ending.  It was fine, but I prefer the slight messiness of the book.  Thumbs Up-Book

And the winner is…I’m giving a very slight edge to the book, but I think both were excellent.

Now it’s your turn to vote

 

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January 20, 2012 - Posted by | Books vs. Movie | ,

19 Comments »

  1. I loved both! I’ve read the book twice and watched the movie about 4 times.

    Comment by kaye | January 20, 2012 | Reply

    • I really need to read the book again and know I’ll watch the movie again too.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 21, 2012 | Reply

  2. I read the book and saw the movie at the theater. The book wasn’t fresh enough in my mind to compare the differences. I loved the casting of the movie. Sue Monk Kidd was here last year and she is really funny!

    Comment by BermudaOnion | January 20, 2012 | Reply

    • I look forward to reading more from her. I like knowing great writers are good people too.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 21, 2012 | Reply

  3. I only saw the movie but OMG brilliant in my mind. It is probably the movie that has had me cry the most ever, I serious couldn’t recover in time for the next crying moment, sigh. I should read it one day.

    Comment by Tea Time with Marce | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  4. I remember really enjoying the book, and now I’m going to have to see the movie.

    Comment by Anna (Diary of an Eccentric) | January 20, 2012 | Reply

    • I waited a long time and was surprised at how good it was.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | January 21, 2012 | Reply

  5. Loved both versions, but the book was the most excellent!

    Comment by Heather | January 20, 2012 | Reply

  6. For some crazy reason my comments on WordPress either post or go right to your spam folder!!

    Comment by Staci | January 21, 2012 | Reply

    • There must be something wrong with my Gravatar!!! Anyway….I loved the book and thought the movie was perfect so for me it would be too close to call!!

      Comment by Staci | January 21, 2012 | Reply

  7. I read this book but didn’t see the movie yet. Now I can barely remember the book.

    Comment by Jenners | January 22, 2012 | Reply

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