"We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness." - Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.
A couple of days ago I watched the trailer for the movie adaptation of Wonder and no, I didn't cry. Someone was cutting onions nearby.
I'm usually hesitant to watch movie adaptations of books I've read - it rarely seems like they've made the book justice. Take this one, for example. I remember book Auggie looking way worse than movie Auggie. And yes, I know, probably recreating book Auggie would be too hard, or kids would get nightmares, or whatever - but book Auggie would be *thrilled* to look like movie Auggie, and it doesn't feel quite right. Or maybe book Auggie wasn't that far from his movie counterpart and it's just all in my head? If you read the book, help me out with this one, please.
Regardless, Wonder is a beautiful, sweet, touching book with a wonderful message for kids and adults alike: be kind. Kinder than necessary. If the movie manages to convey that message and people leave the theaters feeling all warm and fuzzy, as I did when finishing the book, sign me up.
What are your thoughts on movie adaptations? If I do end up caving, there has to be a considerable amount of time between my reading the book and my watching the movie, otherwise I don't end up enjoying the movie too much, even if it's good. I keep noticing when and how they got something wrong / left something out / changed this / added that... sigh.