The Movie Was…Weird? Charlie St. Cloud Edition

Hello and happy Wednesday. I’m on a mission to read all of the books I’m “currently reading” according to Goodreads. One of these books was The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood, which surprised me because I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. I originally started this book because I was planning on doing a book-to-movie adaptation month in my old blog, but we all know what happened with those plans. Still, I read the book and watched the movie, so today I can write an edition of “the movie was better.”

I understand why some people might not like this story, especially if they’re not into books that are based around a religion or faith in general. Some people don’t like that, and it’s totally respectable. I’m not religious but I’m super spiritual and I love G-D with every fiber of my being, and whoever knows me knows that about me, so I enjoyed that element of faith in the book. The movie has less of that and those moments when G-D or religion was mentioned were incredibly cheesy, in my opinion.

Another aspect that I didn’t like in the movie and that was one of those things that made me love the book was the way Tess, Charlie’s love interest, was portrayed. In the book, at least from what I felt, Tess was you typical strong independent woman who needed no man. If I’m exaggerating this or maybe you didn’t think of her that way when reading the book, tell me. Movie Tess, however, seemed like this needy, childish girl who’s had a crush on Charlie since they were in high school and can¬†finally be with him. Annoying, if you ask me.

Charlie’s and Tess’s relationship in the book, though super cheesy at times, was one that I liked reading about. They talked about things they liked and they made plans, and they got to know each other. In the movie, everything between Charlie and Tess moved horribly fast and somehow the whole plot seemed to revolve around their relationship, which I feel wasn’t really the point of the book. Besides, the fact that in the book they hadn’t met before makes the story more original, whereas Tess’s little lip-biting scene when Charlie goes to pick up his high school diploma (five years before they become an item) made me roll my eyes really hard.

The final point I’m going to make is the one that I think bothered me the most, and it may be because I’m a teacher and I see children as beings full of love and potential. Book Sam (Sam is Charlie’s brother, who dies at the very beginning of the story), is this sweet eleven year old boy who loves his brother and even in death is a very happy child, if that makes any sense. Movie Sam, even when he was alive, is this bitter boy who’s always talking to Charlie in a recriminating way and making him feel guilty all the time, and that made his whole relationship with his older brother to be portrayed differently, and sort of ruined that aspect of the story for me when it was adapted.

Now I’d like you to tell me, which book-to-movie adaptations should I be checking out?

Happy reading!

Love, Miss Camila

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