The Martian: Book and Movie Review


Spoiler Alert: you may never get to experience me writing a similar piece like this again so treasure it!. Readers may ask why this is a special post. The piece I am about to write is unique because I have never written a positive review on a book-to-movie adaptation before!

Since book-to-movie adaptations began, the movie’s have been infamously bad at portraying the books. Some adaptations have been bad to the extent of authors openly dissing their book’s coinciding movie. Fun fact: Ronald Dahl hated the adaptation of Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. Ronald thought the director had no flair and that the musical numbers were trashy. Here are a few infamously hated children and young adult adaptations:

  • The Percy Jackson movies *shudders*
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events movie
  • The Mortal Instruments movie *prays for it to be better on the little screen*

Anyway, for my bookclub’s most recent read, we read and watched The Martian. As a group, we decided it would be fun to compare the similarities and differences we noticed. Initially, I have little expectations for both. I dislike science fiction and hate book-to-movie adaptations. Why would I read a genre that I had no interest in? I began to read expecting the worse and finished the book receiving the best. To be honest, I liked The Martian more than some books I read in the genres I love.

The Martian is what every book of it’s genre should be. The Martian is suspenseful, exciting, and a bit funny. The book makes us feel an overwhelming sense of compassion for a character that we just meet as he gets stuck on mars. The Martian makes you feel nonfictional emotions for a fictional event. The book shows how much humanity the world still obtains despite our beliefs. Another great thing about the book is the level of diversity shown in the book. You have a variety of different races, but racial factors are not the main theme of the story.

Now onto the movie. Was the movie identical to the book? Not really? Was every single line the same as the phrase recited in the book? Nope.
Did it matter? Not really. I believe that a book-to-movie adaptation should compliment the book not be exactly like the book. Unless you want to watch a five-hour movie on everything you read, then it is impossible to have a movie be the same as a book. The book to The Martian compliments the book is an astounding way. It makes you feel all the emotions you felt in the book. With only minor details about characters and plot missing (the only major one was the changing of one character’s name to fit the actor portraying the novel. The character’s initial named Venkat but was changed to Vincent), the similarities overshadowed the differences.

Overall, the book and movie are incredible. I highly recommend!


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