[This message edited by scaredyKat at 11:04 AM, November 10th (Sunday)]
My husband read them; had been looking forward to the movie for many many months - and we both absolutely loved it; probably me a bit moreso than him ~ because as you said, movie adaptations rarely live up to the books.
All affairs are variations on a theme. No one has 'Beethoven's 5th' to everyone else's 'Chopsticks'.
In my opinion, it's nearly impossible to convert a book to a movie and maintain integrity to any substantial degree,unless that book is clearly WRITTEN to be sold as movie material...I adore both The Polar Express book and movie but neither resemble one another.
The early talk of a sequel to Ender's Game have me confused as well...surely they aren't going to follow him to the land of the Pequeninos? Or are they going to follow Bean, Petra and the rest of the Earth bound warriors?
I thought that the camera action that made the body feel disoriented was effective. The handling of the bully/violence was handled sensitively.
DS liked the movie but insisted that the book was much better. All in all, I appreciate that outcome.
Seriously, Orson Scott Card and Lois McMaster Bujold are pretty much my spiritual parents. They got divorced about 10 years ago because she couldn't take his relentless negativity any longer, but he's still my dad, and the lessons he taught me are still valid, even though I can no longer have conversations with him for the same reasons mom divorced him, and also because he constantly bitches about mom, who never bitches about him, only looks sad when the subject comes up. Briefly sad. Then she goes on another cruise.