Saturday, January 21, 2017

Book Blogger Hop January 20th - January 26th: Casey Jones' Final Journey Was a 188-Mile Run from Memphis to Canton

Jen at Crazy for Books restarted her weekly Book Blogger Hop to help book bloggers connect with one another, but then couldn't continue, so she handed the hosting responsibilities off to Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week Billy asks: What was the one time you thought the movie was better than the book?

The Marvel movie rendition of Civil War was leaps and bounds better than the book version. As I laid out in my review of the book, I had a lot of issues with the Marvel Civil War storyline as written by Marc Millar, mostly due to the shocking moral vacuousness of the "pro-Registration" side and the inherent internal contradictions contained within the story. To be blunt, the story really went off the rails when Maria Hill attempted to arrest Captain America when he declined to help S.H.I.E.L.D enforce a law that had not even been passed yet, and by "arrest" I mean immediately set about trying to shoot him to death.

In this context, for Captain America: Civil War to be better than the book, it merely had to not be a disastrously awful failure. While there were some places where the movie was less than satisfying - Baron Zemo's plan, for example, required a level of foresight to be successful that was simply ridiculous - on the whole, it was well done. The characters mostly acted in character, and their reactions to events were mostly sensible, at least from their particular points of view. Overall, the movie was miles and miles better than the book was.

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