Last night, we went to see Ender’s Game. I’m a huge fan of the book (I’ve only read the first one so far; I’ll be jumping back into the series after Ready Player One) and couldn’t wait for this movie to come out. There have been some good book adaptations lately and this one is right up there.
I was talking about Hunger Games last night before the film, and how I liked what they did with the characters outside of Katniss. If you’ve read the Hunger Games books, you’ll know that they focus solely on Katniss and her interactions with, and thoughts about, others. In the Hunger Games movie adaptation, they jumped between multiple characters and it worked pretty well. Ender’s Game had a perfect opportunity to do this, but they didn’t. I’m not mad, either. In the book, Valentine and Peter have their own story line that doesn’t have much to do with Ender. I’m glad they left this part out and kept some of the other scenes intact. There were a few inconsistencies that I noticed, such as Graff pointing out that Ender is the only one to realize there is no “up” in Zero-G, but Hollywood has to take liberties in order to make a reasonably-timed film. Plus, it’s hard to get inside Ender’s head without a narrator. Another thing I noticed was they never called the aliens “buggers” like they do in the book. I heard them throwing around “toon” a few times but if you’re not listening closely, you’ll miss it.
Overall, I thought they did a good job of bringing the book to life and I’m hoping they continue the series on the big screen. I guess that means I better get started on the rest of the books.