With the movie version of Beautiful Creatures opening, I remember meeting the authors when the book first came out. I was taken with the amazing cover and I took the book home and gave it to one of my YA readers.
May 29, 2009, here’s what we wrote:
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Read by Rebeka, 15
After a beautiful, strange girl moves into Ethan Wate’s small, middle-of-nowhere southern town, nothing is ever the same again. Lena is the girl from Ethan’s dark and very real dreams. She is also a girl with a very dark secret. One that will change Ethan’s life forever.
I found this to be a truly beautiful book, filled with great twists, a love story, and magic. The story is unique, one I’d not seen before that left in me in awe. Any reader interested in an amazing modern fantasy should give Beautiful Creatures a chance.
It’s not doing too well at the box office and I haven’t seen it yet. It got a 45 from the critics (bad) on Rotten Tomatoes, with 74% of the audience liking it. I’ll probably wait for the DVD to judge for myself, but it looks like another failed attempted to turn a good book into a movie.
Have you seen it yet? What did you think? Did you read the book? Have you ever seen a movie better than the book? Or at least as good as?
BTW, I went to see the new Die Hard movie this weekend and it was awful. It made me sad because I’m such a big fan of John McClane. He looked tired (which probably should be expected after 25 years), but it was actually a boring movie with none of the Bruce Willis charm.
Bottom Line: As much as I enjoy movies, I’ll pick the book version any day of the week.