Friday, June 24, 2016

Books-to-Movies Changes: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

I really hate when filmmakers make nonsensical changes when adapting books to film.  I understand that the movies will never compare to the book and some changes are required and even make sense.  It's the unnecessary changes that really irk me.  In case of this book-to-movie, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, they changed two characters' peculiarities.  Emma, a fiery (delicious pun intended), has a pyro peculiarity.   She's easily one of the best and strongest characters in the books.  Her role, and peculiarity, is crucial to the plot.  Olive, a supporting character whose peculiar is levitation (she has to wear lead shoes or she'll float away), is more of a timid and delicate, but brave character.  Her role is important, but not pivotal.  So why would Burton do a role reversal of the two?  It's infuriating.  And what really gets me is the author approving this kind of change.  It doesn't make any sense.  I was really excited to see this adaptation.  I loved the series and I love Burton, but this kind of shenanigans has dampened that excitement.  #brokenbookieheart #booklivesmatter

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