Book vs. Movie: Red Riding Hood

Book vs. Movie
Red Riding Hood

The Movie:
This is actually going to be a very easy comparison for me.  I actually saw the movie first, and then read the book this go around.  I was looking forward to seeing it, since the previews of it had been intriguing.  When the movie first opened up, I’ll admit I scoffed a little.  The scenery and sets seemed much to fake for my tastes, leaving me with the feel of watching a stage play rather than a movie.  Some of the characters seemed to be wearing too much makeup and fabulous hair for the time period too.  I finally told myself that maybe the director was going for more of a fairytale feel than realistic feel to the movie.
The movie progressed forward for several more minutes and I was almost ready to throw my hands up in the air with all of the contemporary references that had been thrown into it.  It didn’t make the movie edgy, it made it laughable.
I was just turning to tell me husband that I didn’t think I was going to like this movie when suddenly Red Riding Hood found herself thrown up against the wall and was receiving the hottest and most delectable, salivating scene of a kiss.  I was hooked from that moment on.
The movie flew by from that point and I don’t know if it was because I had just become accustomed to it or if it actually got better, but I walked out of the theater liking it.  The wolf storyline was well done and had me guessing clear until the end who it was.

The Book:
So here is where the easy part comes in.  I came home and read the book.  As it started out I was amazed at how different it was from the movie, but then I realized that it was actually telling the part of the story that happened before the movie started.  Once I reached the part where the movie began, the book and the movie were almost verbatim, and I do mean absolutely verbatim as in word for word, scene for scene.
I understand there was quite the controversy over how this book ended and I for one can see both sides to this situation.  If you haven’t read the book, it’s missing the last chapter.  It was apparently released on the movie’s official website the day the movie hit theaters.  Now I can understand the marketing ploy to do something different to draw your readers to see the movie and find out who the wolf is, BUT what happens once the movie hype is over? Now your readers are left with a partial book.  What happens to someone who picks up the book years from now? Am I supposed to send them searching online for the last chapter of the book?  So while this was a technically cool ploy or idea…I think perhaps it wasn’t thought through all the way and may have backfired on them slightly.  I myself do not find any hateful thoughts toward the situation, it just seems a tad perplexing.

So I will rate the book and the movie the same.  Not the best I’ve seen or read, but enjoyable none the less.
3.5 out of 5 Stars