16 comments on “Book to Film | Bird Box

    • I wonder if the huge amount of hype for the film also meant it couldn’t live up to my expectations. Still, I’m glad I watched it, and I hope you enjoy the book! I found it far more disturbing and impactful 🙂

  1. Hmm. I think it has something to do with that. Everyone around me was just talking about how great or how desperate they were to watch it. Don’t get me wrong. I like many aspects of the film but overall it wasn’t that great. I wish the story would have centered more so on just Sandra Bullock and a few other characters instead of having to focus on more than enough unnecessary characters. Ah, yes I like disturbing…

    • Thank you! 😊 I definitely preferred the book, so personally I’d recommend starting there. Either way, I hope you enjoy it, and look forward to hearing your thoughts on either version, if and when you give them a go.

  2. Really great review!! I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I’ve seen good things and bad things, and your review is really well balanced. I think I’ll have a better set of expectations when I go to watch it now.

  3. The scariest part of the whole book for me was Gary ***ALL SPOILERS BELOW******

    After he was discovered in the basement. Everyone had thought this outsider who threatened their lives was gone, and he wasn’t. In the movie, he was there and causing trouble, then boom. Done. The scary part was the level of …… whatever you want to call it each person has. To let in more humans and be humans together? To let in more suspicious weirdos who will kill all the humans in the house? It just begs us to ask what we would do in the same situation. I’m not proud of it, but I’m a door locked lady. The U.S. is scary enough now without knowing there are real monsters outside who want in. My book club did have a big discussion about that umbilical scene. With many mothers in the club, they all agreed the author likely hasn’t seen a real umbilical cord in life to think it’s long enough for a person to hang themselves with it. I mean, it’s not like pregnant women are keeping a lasso up in there for 9 months.

    • I love when books make us question our own morality, with Bird Box being an excellent example. I can imagine it was a great book to discuss within a book club for that very reason.

      I’m almost certain there was a degree of creative liberty there, but it certainly made for a hauntingly memorable and deeply disturbing tableau. I read the book a few years ago now, but the visual still haunts me to this day.

  4. Great review! I still haven’t read the book (I am a so very easily scared) but want to watch the movie (watching movie is easier, probably because I am not doing it alone). I will keep in mind that the book is probably better.

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