See, Hollywood? Even My Kids See The Difference Between A Book and Your Movie.

One of my favorite things about having kids is that I can relive the favorites from my own childhood. Especially books.

We’re readers in this family. And my boys love that magical 1/2 hour before bedtime when we read a book together. I couldn’t wait for my boys to have the attention span for me to read “chapter books” to them. The Borrowers. The Hobbit. Superfudge.

And Beezus and Ramona.

They loved Beezus and Ramona and I was thrilled. I was afraid that because it was about two sisters they might call it a “girls” book. But they didn’t. They loved Ramona’s antics (just like #2son) and Beezus’ exasperation (just like #1son.) It was a perfect fit – despite the gender difference.

The movie came out and they begged me to take them. I saw the trailer and I had my doubts. As adorable as Selena Gomez and Joey King appeared – it seemed a bit modern and a little off the track. I didn’t recognize the antics portrayed on the commercial. And with Selena Gomez’s popularity, I was afraid the theater would be packed with girls. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’m just acutely aware of #1son’s phobia of being associated with anything girly. (It’s just a stage. I know.)

So, I taped it. Or DVR’d it. (Whatever we’re calling it these days.)

It was a lazy, summer afternoon. We had swim practice in the morning and baseball at night. The afternoon was spent out of the sun and resting for the next activity. (Them, resting. Me? Housework.)

“Mom! Can we watch Ramona and Beezus?”

“Sure,” I answer, a bit dejectedly. I had wanted to watch it with them but I was under the gun to wash baseball uniforms.

I hear the catchy theme song in the background. I hear a giggle. I figure as soon as I pull the next load out of the dryer I’ll fold clothes in the family room and watch it with them.

But by the time I: sort through 3 hampers, feed the cat, gather 4 full loads of dirty clothes (by color), trip over the dog, transfer one load from the washer to the dryer, and grab the laundry basket towering with unfolded clothes? They’re watching Phineas and Ferb.

“What happened to Ramona and Beezus?” I ask.

“It was way different from the book,” says #2son, “We didn’t like it.”

“Yeah,” #1son adds, “The book was way better!”

See, Hollywood?

You needn’t mess with perfection.



Filed under Books, children

10 responses to “See, Hollywood? Even My Kids See The Difference Between A Book and Your Movie.

  1. LOVED “The Borrowers” and “Beezu”s too! Almost always the books are way better than the movie, though not 100% of the time. Glad your kids can tell and appreciate the book version.

  2. I haven’t seen it, but I agree. They change the movies to be so different from the book. The only one that’s true to the book is the Canadian production of “Anne of Green Gables”. Maybe not up their alley, but a great movie.

  3. I was turned off as soon as I saw the commercial too – the real Ramona and Beezus just aren’t supposed to be the least bit adorable, as far as I’m concerned. My son expressed the same confusion about the Percy Jackson movie – he still liked the movie, but there were things that were changed and he didn’t see why. I think there’s usually too much in a book to fit in a movie properly – they sometimes do better with short stories. But Hollywood can never resist cashing in on a popular kids’ book. Bastards.

  4. Loved Beezus and Ramona and the Borrowers. Cole enjoyed the Borrowers but was not really into Ramona much to my disappointment. Since we were not TV or movie watchers back in the day…he missed out on a lot of Hollywood….Joe read all the Redwall books to Cole and I loved listening in –if you have not discovered these books for your boys they might like them (Brian Jacques) as far as I know they have not been made into movies. Sounds like your summer is keeping you busy–wishing you time for a cold coke and a good book of your own!

  5. Loved the Ramona & Beezus books when I was growing up. The movie came out in our local theater, but we didn’t go see it. I want my daughter (she’s not old enough yet) to appreciate the book first.

    Glad to see you posting again Jane!

  6. Aw! I am sad they messed even this up ;(

  7. Sometimes the best videos are the ones that run in a child’s imagination. My kid thought the same about James and the Giant Peach, and Pippi Longstocking. Books are better!

  8. Amen boys!! We didn’t like it either!!!! But we LOVE the books!!!

  9. They have learned an important lesson.

  10. If only Hollywood could learn this lesson – sometimes, you don’t mess with a good thing. And if you’re going to undertake it – do it justice, and stick to what brought delight in the first place!

    Besides, kids are smart. Period. (If only the adults were as smart.)

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