Today’s Thoughts on Tomorrow

In 7 days Tomorrow, When The War Began will be hitting screens, based on the first book in The Tomorrow Series written by John Marsden.

There have been many late nights spent talking excitedly with James about if, how, when they would ever make these books into movies, since I first read the series obsessively after my dad and before my mum (we were all impatiently waiting on the next book for the whole time, practically).

Now, with the release so very close I am unsure. This was my first series true love. I have strong thoughts and feelings about the story and the characters. What if the movie isn’t at all what has been in my mind all these years, especially now that I’ve just re-read the first book to refresh my memory.

I have loved many books which have been made into a movie before now, but never have I felt this strongly about how the book should translate to film. At first, I was so worried that I almost decided we wouldn’t even go to see it, but then I thought ‘What if it is awesome, what if it does capture the spirit of the book and we miss out on something great?’ I certainly do not want to miss out, I also don’t want to be bitterly disappointed.

Have you loved a book and been disappointed or thrilled by the adaption made on film?

14 Comments

  1. Running by from the DSO Blog train. Better late then never, right?

    LOL!

    ooo a fellow bookie? yay!

    I haven't heard of this series of books! Will have to check it out. Sadly, for me, movies rarely live up to the words on the page. They have to cut to much and take too much liberty in choosing the actors for the parts. I hate it when the book clearly calls for a gruff manly man and then someone like Brad Pitt ends up in the roll. lol!!!!!

  2. I feel exactly the same about this series… I've seen the trailers and I must say that I'm worried…

    I absolutely fell in love with the books. I have read them so many times I can not count.

    I've purposely not re-read the books, in case I do decide to watch the film. That way the disappointment (if there is to be disappointment) should be less… right??

    I have JUST gotten Danny into reading. He's starting to love it just as much as I do. The series I started him on was Eragon. It was quite funny actually, a few weeks after reading the books he watched the Eragon movie and the whole way through was saying "Thats not how it happened in the book!". Afterwards he turned to me and said "Now I know how you feel… Now I know how it feels to be disappointed by a movie when it doesnt live up to the book…"

    Thank the lords really! coz he used to pay me out for it…

    If you do see the "Tomorrow" movie before me, please let me know what you think!

    – Virginia

  3. @Bunny Cates – They're written by an Australian author, which is why you might not have heard of them before, but they are SO worth reading!
    @Virginia – I will let you know… If I go, have to find a babysitter first! I wish I'd been smart like you and NOT reread in order to not know just how much has been cut out… Silly me. I am so glad Danny's started to love reading books that you love, I really like being able to talk to James about books we've both read and loved. Hope we can catch up soon! xo

  4. I'm looking forward to this movie. I did read the first book in highschool, ok I was supposed to read the first book, I'm sure I read some of it. I wouldn't mind reading it now though, before seeing the movie.

    I thought Memoirs of a Geisha was a little bit of a let down in the movie, I got a bit confused in parts of it, and found it hard to understand what emotion was supposed to be happening. It could've been the acting though. Or just me lol

  5. I'm going to say it…….Twilight! I loved the films but really really loved the books, I just felt the books were better. I've never read the Tomorrow books but I may watch the film, and then give the books a whirl. 🙂

  6. Anne of Green Gables I loved as a child and I loved the screen adaptation…The Notebook…and my favourite, Bridges of Madison Country which captures the book beautifully and I think took it to new levels.

  7. i had never heard about the books before they started talking about the series. i looked it up though, to see what is the big deal about it.
    it seems like the books, the story and the way they are written hits the nerve of many people young and old. that's the books though…
    it's impossible to recreate what a book can 'do to you' with a movie IMO, but you don't have to miss out.
    when i go and see a movie to a film of a book i am really passionate about, i dissociate it from my experience as a reader. i imagine myself new to the story, and often manage to still enjoy the film (if it's not too bad, that is!). Maybe you can do that?
    It's often a sign of recognition for an author when his book(s) are made into movies I guess.
    For the readers, sometimes it takes some of the magic away.

  8. My friend saw 'Tomorrow' the other day and she said it was great. But she hadn't read the books…

    My son has been reading the 'Lemony Snicket' books and we recently watched 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' together and it was interesting to see his outrage at how different it was from the books.

    I guess I always try to look at a book version and a movie version as being separate entities. After all, that which makes a great book doesn't necessarily make a great movie and vice versa.

  9. I too adored these books as a teenager… I won't be watching the movie though. I've been disappointed by too many adaptations in the past.

  10. I loved the first few books of the 'Tomorrow' series, but due to my age at the time, my reading became secondary to my social life and I never read them all.
    Outside the series, John Marsden is still one of my favourite authors. 'Dear Miffy' changed my life.
    I will watch the movie, and most probably complain at the differences, and the 'hollywood makeover' treatment I've heard has been inflicted on the characters.
    I'm predicting I will then be inclined to re-read the first few books for the sake of keeping the real essence of the story alive and hopefully finish the series after all these years.

    What about Harry Potter? Is anyone else obsessed with the books and frustrated at the lack of story they fit into each movie? The movies are still great, but I watch with my non-reading bf, and constantly pause to fill in the background info they don't include…

  11. I thought the Harry Potter movies were done well, especially since the level of fantasty in them meant serious $$ when making them.

    The majority of the rest I am disappointed with. PS I love you was the worst I thought.

  12. I hate book-movies … they spoil the books for me by creating visuals instead of letting me use my imagination!

  13. I've never heard of those books. I need to look them up now. Let us know how the movie is.

  14. I haven't heard of these either, but will read them before I go and see the movie. I have to agree with Melbournemumma about Anne of Green Gables, though generally I find that it spoils it to watch the movie of a book I've enjoyed.

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