I was the host for our book club’s second meeting and I selected Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen because I had heard from many people that was an amazing book.
I also had heard that Water for Elephants was being turned into a movie with Reese Witherspoon, who I love, and Robert Pattinson. When it comes to Twilight, I'm more of a “team Jacob” girl, but I like Edward too. Either way, I knew I would want to watch this movie.
Like a lot of people, I would rather read the book before seeing the movie. I thought it would be perfect to read Water for Elephants for book club and then go see the movie when we met for book club.
I enjoyed the book, but I think I liked the movie even better! I thought Robert Pattinson did an excellent job as Jacob Jankowski. I pictured his character different when I was reading the book, in the book I thought Jacob was more awkward and not quite as charming as Pattinson's portrayal of Jacob. And some people will probably hate me, but I thought he was more appealing playing Jacob Jankowski than he is playing Edward Cullen, so I guess I’m “team Jacob” again!
The differences between the book and movie seem to make the movie a little clearer, which I liked. For example, there was no "Uncle Al" which was a little confusing to me at first, but it really turned August into a more complete bad guy. The end had some pretty big differences too (which I won't mention because I don't want to give anything way to someone who hasn't read the book or seen the movie), but they didn't really change the overall story, but add an element that I didn't pick up on from the book that I liked. I won’t go into more detail, so this might not make a lot of sense, but let me know which version of Water for Elephants you liked better, the movie or the book.
Here are a few shots from the book club meeting!
Our next books is The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown!