For this weeks From Page To Screen, I have decided to cover Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia.
First let's discuss the book. Below is the cover.
Let's take a look at some of the characters now, shall we.
Ethan Wate- A teenager living in the rural town of Gatlin. Ethan starts having dreams about a girl only to find out she actually exists and has just moved to his town. Ethan is a popular student with plans to get out of Gatlin once he Graduates. Due to his mothers death a year before the start of Beautiful Creatures he is left to be raised by a Nanny called Amma. His father buries himself in his work only appearing to remind Ethan his home life is only suffering due to his Mothers death.
Lena Duchannes- Ethan's love interest. Since Lena is a Caster and Ethan a mortal their romance is doomed from the start. Casters cannot be together sexually or physically with mortals without said mortal being killed. Lena is approaching her 16th birthday in the novel which is significant because it is when Casters choose whether to be dark or light
Major Difference Between The Book and Film
|In the book Ethan keeps hearing a song called Sixteen Moons. It is a song only Lena can hear.||In the Film the song is omitted.|
|In the book Lena and Ethan can't touch, she actually almost kills him due to her spark on several occasions.||In the Film Lena and Ethan have no problems touching each other.|
|In the book if Lena chooses to become a Light Witch all Dark will die vice versa if she choose Dark.||In the Film if Lena chooses the Dark side she will just become really powerful and Evil.|
|In the book Lena's uncle is an Incubus.||In the Film this is omitted entirely.|
|In the book Ethan has dreams about Lena.||In the Film, Ethan dreams of getting out of Gatlin and heading to college.|
|In the book Ethan and Lena communicate telepathically, called Kelting in the book.||In the Film this is omitted.|
|In the book the Duchaness Casters have no clue if they will become light or dark upon their sixteenth birthday, that is the curse.||In the Film, in order to break the curse Lena must kill a person she loves .|
|In the book Ethan is a sophmore.||In the Film Ethan is a junior.|
|In the book their is a character named Marian. She was Ethan's mothers best friend as well as librarian of the human world, and “Keeper” of all Caster secrets and books in the underground.||In the Film Marian is omitted and her job of Librarian is given to Ethan's nanny Amma.|
|In the book Ethan accepts Lena as his "cursed" girlfriend, the dark witches have disappeared and also an omen connected to Lena's 17th birthday surfaces.||In the Film after a beautiful dance in snow covered woods Lena wipes Ethan mind to help him forget her. Ethan however remembers her after a visit to the Library. The film ends with him screaming her name.|
The above mentioned are the major differences I noticed From Page To Screen. I guess this leaves me having to answer Which do I prefer? I have to throw it to the book for this week. While I rather enjoyed seeing the book on screen and really love Movie Ethan, I just couldn't get past the Twilight feel of the film. I mean it felt like a rip off visually at times. Plus I personally am not a fan of the actress who plays Lena. She felt bland compared to her book counterpart. By all means watch the film. Emmy Rossum as Ridley is definitely a highlight as well as the always so wonderful to watch Emma Thompson. However if you want the true Beautiful Creatures experience read the books.
Want to see for yourself? Check out the trailer below!
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