Ender’s Game

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I had an awesome weekend: my computer died on Saturday and my Internet went out on Sunday night. I’ve got a new computer and am in the slow process of transferring all salvaged data into it, but the Internet still hasn’t been fixed yet (I’m blogging during lunch at work) so I don’t know how regular posting is going to be.

Anyway, the weekend wasn’t all that bad, because I managed to catch Ender’s Game in between tearing my hair out over my computer and banging hopelessly on my modem. I know there is a boycott against the movie because Orson Scott Card is a dick, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a good (if totally soul-scarring) story. I love the book, although apparently it was too depressing to take home with me when I moved, so I only have a broad memory of the plot without any clear details.

It turns out to be the perfect mindset to watch this movie, because even though it sticks quite close to the book, it has to compress a great deal and cut out a great deal more. Since I already know what’s going on without remembering exactly how it happens, I understood the subtle points of the story while still got that sense of anticipation of watching something for the first time. Of course, all that cutting and compressing means that it doesn’t have much of the emotional resonance of the original story anymore. All the actors are good (kudos to the filmmakers for a pretty diverse cast), but I definitely don’t feel as attached to Ender as I was when I read the book.

So, my verdict? I like the movie, but it should be accompanied by reading the book first. The book is much more psychological and philosophical, which of course the movie forgoes in favor of laser guns and stuff blowing up,  but that’s to be expected.

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Shirt: H&M, Blazer: thrifted, Jeans: Mango, Boots: Steve Madden (thrifted), Brooch: vintage


6 Comments on “Ender’s Game”

  1. I think I did the wrong it when it came to this movie and instead of reading the book first, I read the book’s plot summary from Wiki, so I pretty much spoiled the story for myself. However, the storyline is deep! And holy moly – it was (but wasn’t) a game?! Blew my mind …

    • Salazar says:

      Yeah, that reveal is a lot more devastating in the book, because we see the whole thing through Ender’s POV. Here I’m not sure if it’s because I already know what’s going on, or because they show too much of the grown-ups’ anticipation of the big “game” at the end, but I don’t really feel that impact.

  2. veamason says:

    Those boots are so cute! What a thrift score! I hope all the computer stuff gets fixed soon and you have it all worked out. That is so frustrating!!

    Show off your look, get inspired and link up at Whatcha Wearing Wednesday! http://www.themummychronicles.com

    L,
    Vicky

  3. Ashley says:

    I love this outfit! Simple and chic. I am a big reader and a big fan of reading a book before seeing a movie, but for whatever reason Ender’s Game hasn’t interested me that much. It’s on my book list but I just haven’t pulled the trigger yet!

  4. Aubree says:

    I haven’t read the book but the movie looks really good and I am excited to see it!

  5. Marlen says:

    ohhh nooo i’d be so mad if all those malfunctions would happen to me haha, and on a weekend no less! at least it wasn’t all bad :/ and your outfit is very chic- you can’t go wrong with a blazer and stripes 🙂

    PS- Im popping by from The Pleated Poppy!

    xo marlen
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