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The Martian v. The Martian

The Martian novel, written by Andy Weir, is a self-publishing success. In 2011, he self-published the book and it got enough attention to garner him a contract with Crown Books. In 2014, The Martian was re-released with the help of Crown and became one of the top selling books on Amazon.Com. And then it became a movie.

I started reading The Martian last year and, between applying to graduate programs, moving (twice!), picking up a few side jobs (on top of my main jobs), and all the rest of life stuff that gets in the way of fun stuff, it took me a while to finish the book. Mind you, I really enjoyed the book as I was reading it and I even got students of mine to read it as well.

Now that I’ve finally finished reading and watching The Martian, I can compare and contrast the two different media used to tell Andy Weir’s story of an astronaut left behind on Mars for your (and more likely my) amusement and declare one better than the other (because all things must be ranked!).

If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie, this post contains spoilers. Though, if you’ve clicked on this blog because of the title, I’m assuming you kind of already knew that, but I thought I’d be nice and post a warning anyway.

2015: A Moviegoers Guide to Book-Based Movies in May and June

Rejoice movie and book lovers! May and June are filled with great books-turned movies for you to read then watch, or watch then read.


On May 1st, Far From the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everdene has three men fall in love with her within this novel by Tomas Hardy – a devoted shepherd, an obsessed farmer, and a dashing solider. Who does this strong minded heroine choose? You’ll have to read the book or watch the movie to find out.


On May 15th, Every Secret Thing

Birthday parties are supposed to be fun, but Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller find an abandoned baby after being kicked out of the birthday party. What follows leaves three families devastated. Alice and Ronnie, seven years later, try to continue on with their lives but can’t leave the past behind them, especially when another child goes missing. Laura Lippman’s novel explores innocence, guilt, love, redemption, and murder in this tale of mystery and suspense.

Waiting for Part Two

Harry Potter was the book that ignited our imaginations as children and opened us up to a world of magic, friendship, and hope.

It did something different for Hollywood, however. In Hollywood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was split into two movies. Following this example, Twilight‘s final chapter was also split into two movies. The Hobbit, a single children’s book, has been split into three movies. And, now, The Hunger Games final installment, Mockingjay, has also been split into two movies.

(Insert Mockingjay whistle here.)
You know you heard that.

This is both a blessing and a curse for book lovers and moviegoers everywhere. One major complaint I think most book lovers have about movies based on books is the sheer amount of details and important plot points that get cut from the book to make it fit into a movie format. With the last book in a series being cut into two movies, that means more details and more plot points can make it from the book into the movie.

Of course, the downside is the sheer amount of time we have to wait for the second movie to come out. The average span between split movies is a year.

A year.

So what can you do in a year while you wait for Part 2 of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay to come out? I have a few ideas.