I read all Harry Potter books(well most of them) before I saw the movies. In the prisoner of Azkaban the movie, I forgave the movie makers when they excluded, among other things, all of Hermione’s activism for elf rights. I made peace eventually with the fact that the movie adaptation of books will, by their very nature, exclude chunks of the plot.
A few days ago I got a message from a friend who’d just seen Half of a Yellow Sun the movie. He thought it was interesting.
Now I read the book years ago so while Nigeria was shy about releasing the movie, I only was looking forward to certain aspects of the movie: Thandie Newton speaking Igbo; I couldn’t stomach 12 Years a Slave so I looked forward to seeing Chinwetel in this one. Above all I wanted to see how the plot’ll be managed so the story wouldn’t be lost altogether
That evening, just before I finally did, an acquaintance (who hadn’t read the book but had seen the movie) spent a lot of time explaining to me how he thought Half of a Yellow Sun was a pointless story. He had to explain because when I read the book I loved it. He didn’t understand why we made so much noise about the movie’s delay plus given the title, he had assumed it was an important plot.
With this rather unhappy Convo fresh in my mind, I went on that evening and I saw the movie. When it was over I understood exactly what had happened. I thought the movie had stripped the book of its ‘life’ kinda like Hermione’s activism. The word ’empty’ would ring in my head each I compared the two: the movie and the book.
if you’ve seen the movie, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. would really like to hear them.