Book vs. Movie
Although Tolstoy’s book is considered a classic, I was a little disappointed in the novel. I really thought it could be better—and edited at that. Maybe 800 pages was more than enough for what the author was trying to get at. Is it harsh to say that the characters seemed too dramatic and even pathetic? Kind of like a Russian soap opera. It was a bit torturous to read this brick, even though there were moments that I liked. In reality, the story is not even focused on Anna Karenina and her affair with Count Vronsky. The bulk of the plot deals with the farmer Levin and his worldview. That being said, I can’t believe I will admit it but the movie was much more entertaining than the book and it was to the point. I was actually surprised that two hours on a DVD could fit all the main ideas of the novel into it! The film actually revolves around Anna Karenina’s ruin in society. I also loved the way it was made—as if watching a play (with sets from the theatre and back stage scenes). I have to agree that the adaptation was cleverly done. As for how the onscreen version follows the book, there are only slight deviations but most major parts from the novel are quite accurate. If you haven’t read the book, save yourself the trouble and just watch the movie instead. What do you say? Would you agree with me? I’d like to hear the opinions of those who thoroughly enjoyed the story.