Book vs. Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

 

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations. 

As a fan of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,  Ransom Riggs, I was thrilled to see it become a movie. The fantastic setting and peculiarities of the children were captured so well and looked perfect on the screen. However, there are a few aspects of the book that weren’t as exciting as the book, which was a bit disappointing. I would recommend reading the book after watching the movie.

Book vs. Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenTitle: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell
Director: Tim Burton
Screenplay: Jane Goldman
Publication Date: June 7, 2011

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has got to be one of my favourite books, maybe even of all time. It is filled with these old photos that really bring the story to life. The reader is really transported to Whales and gets to know each character and their peculiarity so well. The story is written in a way that is mysterious and leads to one of the most surprising plot twists I have seen. It is the perfect book for this fall season!

When I first heard the news that Miss Peregrine’s was making its way to the screen, I was very excited, especially since Tim Burton is the director. The film really captured the children’s peculiarities well, except for two. Two of the Peculiars’ abilities were swapped, which bothered me a bit. However, the new powers actually work well in the story. I realize that the whole book can’t be translated into a movie, but I found many key aspects were left out. The intricate backstory isn’t as perfectly timed and the plot twist wasn’t executed as well as in the novel. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is still amazing, but I just wish it was as surprising as the book.

If I hadn’t read the book, I definitely would have appreciated the movie more. There are some extraordinary aspects in the film and it is very well done. However, a few of the best parts in the book were not included and that disappointed me as a reader. This is definitely not a book that should be judged by its movie!

About Ransom Riggs

Ransom Riggs

Hi, I'm Ransom, and I like to tell stories. Sometimes I tell them with words, sometimes with pictures, often with both. I grew up on a farm on the Eastern shore of Maryland and also in a little house by the beach in Englewood, Florida where I got very tan and swam every day until I became half fish. I started writing stories when I was young, on an old typewriter that jammed and longhand on legal pads. When I was a little older I got a camera for Christmas and became obsessed with photography, and when I was a little older still my friends and I came into possession of a half-broken video camera and began to make our own movies, starring ourselves, using our bedrooms and backyards for sets. I have loved writing stories and taking photographs and making movies ever since, and have endeavored to do all three.

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