Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book vs. Movie: I Am Number Four

I bought I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore several weeks ago, so I could see the movie on opening night. It took me a while to finally pick it up. I read it in only three days. I had heard complaints of it being slow. It kind of was… for a sci-fi/fantasy. But I thoroughly enjoyed it. Four becomes John, when he and Henri run to a new town: Paradise, Ohio. Trying to fit in, he goes to school, tries to make friends, and stay under the radar so the Mogadorians don’t come after him.

Slowly, John’s Legacies (powers) come into fruition, and he begins training. He needs to learn to control them so he can save his life, defeat the Mogadorians, and one day return to his home planet of Lorien. While he trains with Henri, he gets close to a girl at school and finds a friend in Sam. I loved the relationships in this book and the mild drama. I also loved the back story of the planet Lorien.

Normally, for me, the action sequences are some of my favorite. Not so here. The action begins less than 100 pages from the end. I’m not sure if I just didn’t like the writing of the action or if it was the actions of the characters. Probably a combination. There were, I will say, a number of instances where I rolled my eyes or gritted my teeth because I thought their actions weren’t so bright.

The book was pretty good. I have higher hopes for, The Power of Six. It looks like we’re getting a new point-of-view for book two, but I think our characters from book one will make an appearance.

A note about the movie tie-in edition of the book. In the back is a preview of the sequel and the Lorien horoscope. What would your powers be?


We may be walking past you right now.

We are watching as you read this.

We may be in your city, your town.

We are living anonymously.

We are waiting for the day when

We will find each other.

We will make our last stand together—if

We win,

We are saved, and

You are saved as well.

If we lose, all is lost.

I did see the movie; the day after I finished the book. I’m not sure which I liked more. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with both. But I also think that it was mostly due to the hype. Most of the stuff that I loved from the book were either skipped over or rushed so much that they weren’t very enjoyable. That being said, the action sequences were awesome. A lot of the action stuff in the book that I found repetitive and… just bad… was not in the movie.

There were some things that irritated me, and one that really peeved me. But, still, I plan on grabbing it once it’s available on DVD. Also, the movie has a great soundtrack… if it had one. I can’t find it anywhere, but the music in the movie was great, and I’ve been looking for it.

I recommend both the book and movie, but… don’t expect one to resemble the other. If you go into the movie expecting it to look like the book, you’ll likely be disappointed. My recommendation: appreciate them for what they are. They are two different things, both good, just different.


Kim said...

I've been debating on if I should pick this book up or not. I don't have the money for it so if I do it won't be anytime soon, and if I see the movie it will likely be once it comes out on DVD so I can rent it. Thanks for the review though. It sounds like an interesting story.

Unknown said...

I agree w/you about separating book from movie. I think they each had aspects that were better/worse. I loved the detailed backstory in the book & missed that in the movie. But I liked the action & bigger role of Number Six in the movie. I kept catching myself trying to explain things from the book while my husband & I watched the movie, but shut up when I realized he was enjoying it w/out details from the book. Could be b/c he thought Sarah & Number Six were hot!

Name: Aine said...


I had a slight girl crush on Six during the book. Major girl crush during the movie. Not so much because she was hot, but because she kicked major ass!

Anonymous said...

I started reading this today because I saw the movie and liked it but, like you, I'm not a big fan of the writing. I am only fifty pages in and I'm not diggin' it so far. I think I'll stick with it though because I've heard it gets better.

Sandy said...

Can't find a soundtrack either but this person listed the songs from the movie so if you want to buy them individually then there you go :)

Anonymous said...

I was SO dissapointed in the movie like they had no fire sam never wore his NASA shirt and fathers glasses they had no flashbacks from lorien they didn't describe lorien when Henry went to Athens and John went to rescue him Sam was with him and they took sams car. Also in the movie henry dies fast in the book he didnt die till the end Sarah and John seemed more in love in the book and in the book sarah wasnt that into taking pictures. Thats just a little bit of dissapoint meant i had.

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