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16 January 2013 @ 07:56 pm
☆ So which story do you prefer?  

"I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go,
but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye."

→ Life of PI know most of you probably have seen the movie already, but it seems to me like most people didn't even take a glance at the book. I read the book right after New Years and finished it just two days before I watched the movie. The movie itself is spectacular with incredible lighting, animal animations and still manages to get almost all details of the book right. But again, only almost. They changed a few things in the storyline to make the story fit better for the 'mainstream viewer'.  
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Some of the rather disgusting things they removed for the movie were completely fine. In fact I was quite happy not to see one scene in particular that made me feel like throwing up when reading the book  - the ones who've read the book will know which one I'm talking about. 

One change I didn't care so much about was the love story they added for the movie. This girl simply doesn't exist in the book. But it's not important to the story in any way. It's probably been added because the average viewer wants a love story in any movie, no matter if it fits or not. But well...

Now, there was one scene which made me almost stop reading the book because it's so unbelievable and sounds completely ridiculous. And I think that is exactly why it was removed from the movie. In the book there is a time when both the tiger and Pi don't drink enough salt-free water and become blind because of it. While Pi is lying on the boat, thinking that he's going to die soon, he hears a voice. The voice of another surviver on another lifeboat who is also blind. This man tells Pi that he has killed two persons, a man and a woman. During their conversation the man climbs onto Pi's lifeboat and is killed by the tiger. A couple of days later Pi is able to see again and discovers the bloody remains of the man on the boat. So according to the book version this scene was not an hallucination (or it was still one when Pi had recovered enough to be able to see again). Either way, this is the most unbelievable part of the book and I was curious if they kept it in the movie. I'm not surprised that they removed it, but then again  - is the flesh-eating island of meerkats more believable? In the end, when Pi tells the second version of his story to the japanese interviewers he identifies the blind man as the hyena, the one animal that has killed the Oran-Utan (aka Pi's mother) and the zebra (the seaman).
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John Green A lot of my online friends were reading his books at the end of last year, so when I found myself looking for something new to read, I gave two of his nvoels a try. I had no idea about him as an author or his books at all. The first I read was "The Fault in our Stars", the other one "Looking for Alaska". 
To be honest, his writing is ok, the topics he chose to write about are not too common in today's literature, but then again they're not that special either. His narrative style could be improved. I had problems to get a feeling for the characters in both novels. Another author one might compare him with might be Jodi Picoult. She usually picks similar topics in her novels, and if you ask me, she does the better job to make you feel like a character, to make you feel the pain, share the worries and fears. It's not that his books are entirely bad (I still rated them with 4 out of 5 stars). On another note, the meant-to-be shocking turns in the story weren't surprising to me at all. So all in all - not bad, but the hype is a little bit too much. Maybe if he would give himself more time to truly develop the characters and storylines, I might give the highest rating to one of his books, but like this it all feels a bit rushed although the basic idea is good. 

About his style - maybe it's not the best author to read after "Life of Pi" and "Cloud Atlas", but it's definitely an easy read for people who don't speak English as their first language.