Over the last month I’ve read through the complete series The Caster Chronicles (Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos & Beautiful Redemption). I wasn’t quite sure if would enjoy the four book series or not, I have a love/hate relationship with books…I either really love it hate it. There’s no in-between with me, all in or nothing.
My impression of the first book, Beautiful Creatures reminded me somewhat of the Twilight series. The supernatural characters.
I couldn’t stop reading.
The story unfolded in such a way that gave you just enough to keep wanting more, to keep turning the page. I felt as if their fate had become mine and I was working just as hard as they were to save my life. Each character in the book was described in such a unique technique that allowed you to understand them led you to feel invested in each and everyone one them, whether it was a small roll or not. That sort of writing doesn’t come around too often, specifically in a sci-fi or supernatural series geared towards young adults and teenagers. You usually find yourself attracted to one or two characters but not more. It feels as though that type of descriptive writing purpose is for you to want them to end up together and stop at nothing to achieve that goal as if that could be the only plot.
Each book in the series changed adding more details new characters which end resulted in the story coming full circle. That’s one of the hardest details for an author to successfully complete, loose ends that leaves the reader wondering about unsolved issues in the story-line. Throughout the entire series, the author lead you through an adventure with twists and turns you never saw coming. When I finally finished the fourth and final book I felt satisfied, there was closure on so many levels.
Now the movie on the other hand…
There are four books in the series and so far only one movie titled “Beautiful Creatures” has been released, and no talk of a second one anytime soon.
I didn’t go to the theater to watch it, I decided to wait until I could watch it from the comfort of my living room and I’m happy I did. Had I gone to the theater I have feeling I would have been very disappointed!
I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who want to see it and haven’t but have read the books.
It’s apparent that they combined book 1 and book 2 into this movie as there were some things not revealed in the first book that somehow was worked into this story. Some characters were not even present, main characters that were crucial to the story that made you interested in their relationships with each other, I don’t see how replacing those key roles and in some ways combining 2 roles into one helped at all besides compromising the story’s greatness.
I’m making it out to sound as though this was the best series I have ever read, trust me it’s not. I just wanted to express my disappointment with the movie industry for taking a book(series) and changing it so much that it no longer has anything to do with the book. They mine as well have changed the name of the movie and pretended it was just another movie.
It’s not surprising, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone walk away from a movie that originated from a book and said the movie was better than the book! I can think of few that were close, possibly lacking a few details that didn’t matter but nothing as bad as this. At the end of the 2 hours and 4 minutes I sat in shock thinking I must have imaged the story altogether and maybe I should go back and re-read the book.
I’m starting to feel bad for giving the movie such a bad review, so lets look at it like I’m giving the book a fabulous one!
On a high note – The one thing I can give credit too is the actors. I felt as though the movie actors/actresses were the ones I pictured in the book.