I did it!
When my family was in LA visiting my sister for her birthday in late April we stopped by a big book chain store at The Grove. (Honest confession, we were there wasting time so we could attend an event with Heidi Klum. We wanted free shampoo & conditioner samples!) While we were in the store I wanted to grab a book to read for the plane ride home. I thought about getting “To Kill a Mockingbird” because it’s on my book bucket list, but then I saw “Atlas Shrugged” on the shelf and quickly changed my mind.
If you haven’t ever looked at the book itself, or talked to someone who has read the book, then you wouldn’t realize the book is 1,168 pages!!! Just looking at the book is a little exhausting. I purchased the book on May 1st and officially finished the book on June 30th. I don’t think that’s too shabby at all.
I had watched both Part 1 and Part 2 of the movies and was really curious to see how they compared to the book. To be honest, there is just no way you can get 1,168 pages to translate to a 3 part movie and do it without loosening something. There are definitely parts that you are going to have to leave out.
I remember reading the book and thinking who in the world is this pirate? That was definitely something that came out of left field for me. He seemed to be a pretty main character throughout the book and yet NOTHING of him in the movie.
I promise I am going to try and not spoil the book for anyone who wants to read it.
I will make a quick admission here. There was a part of the book I did kinda skim over, okay, I flat out skipped a whopping 30-some-odd pages. It was towards the end when John Galt gives his speech. I just couldn’t muster up the strength to read all of it. It just kept going on and on and on. I knew what he was going to say; I didn’t need 70 pages to get the gist of it. Ok, phew I feel better making that confession… but otherwise I did read it all.
Back to the movie versus the book. Besides them changing who played the characters from movie 1 to 2… which was a little annoying… I think they did a really good job of keeping the basic theme throughout the movies and the important pillars of the book intact. I don’t know if I would want to be the one responsible for taking a classic and pairing it down to only three movies.
Needless to say, unless you are a book junkie like myself... and you just can’t muster up the strength to read “Atlas Shrugged,” and experience a few wrist cramps in doing so... I think the movies will suffice.
I will definitely be interested to see how they do Part 3. It’s set to release in the Summer of 2014 before the elections. It will also be interesting to see how I like Part 3 compared to the book since I have read this part of the book before I watched the movie unlike the other two parts.