Is Tim Burton’s Vision Hurting the Miss Peregrine’s Movie Adaptation?

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a 2011 historical fantasy novel most famous for its use of photographs to drive its narrative, is just the next Young Adult book to get adapted to the big screen. The MPHFPC movie itself in the same film category as many successes, such as The Hunger Games, as well as an almost overwhelming amount of flops, such as The Fifth Wave. With many of the most recent YA book-to-movie adaptations underperforming, or just outright flopping, in the box office, it seems the the MPHFPC movie would be faced with the task of not only succeeding in the box office, but appealing to both the fans of the book, as well as the casual moviegoer.

I was and still am looking forward for this movie. After starting and finishing the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series last year, I became very excited with all the possibilities and potential the books contained for a movie adaptation. Many aspects of the book seem primed for the big screen, so when I found out one was actually in the works, I was beyond excited. I became even more excited when I heard that the talented Tim Burton would be directing the film. But over the past year, though, as I have watched this film take shape in anticipation of its approaching release date, it seems to me that the mysterious and fantastical story told in the novel has lost some of its key aspects at the hands of Tim Burton’s “vision” in its transformation to the screen, and I personally believe the film is worse off because of that.

If you have read any amount of the three books in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy, you know that the characters make the story, especially the Peculiars. Ransom Riggs, the author of the book series, manages to make sure that each and every one of the many Peculiar children are well-realized, each having their own personality that is built upon throughout the series. The children’s unique peculiarities also play into those senses of individuality, serving as a kind of extension of those personalities. Their personalities and individuality are one of the reasons that the book series is a favorite of mine.

I believe Tim Burton has neglected this aspect of the MPHFPC story, though. This is most evident in the switching of characters peculiarities. Emma, a main character in the series, had the ability to create fire, a peculiarity perfect for her fiery attitude. But in the movie, she has switched peculiarities with Olive, one of the younger children in the series, now having the peculiarity of permanent levitation. Not only that, but Olive has been transformed from a innocent little girl in the books to a fire-wielding grown woman in the film! Characterization being an important part of the entire series, those and other large changes truly do have a great affect on the story as a whole.

MPHFPC stood out in the YA scene due to its darker and more ominous tone. From whats been shown to us, though, it doesn’t seem that the tone hasn’t at all transferred over into the movies. It seems the movies are focusing more onto the more fantastical elements, while neglecting the darker, grittier elements that upped its appeal in the book market, such as its inclusion of WWII aspects to the story. Seeing as not many YA adaptations have horror elements to them, I think including the darker parts of the story could have helped the movie to stand out against the sea of unsuccessful Young Adult adaptations. It seems, though, that Tim Burton has preferred to stay on the more fantastical and light-hearted side of the story, staying away from the darker and more realistic elements.

I think that the problem with characterization and tone points to a larger issue with Tim Burton as a director. I don’t think he completely understands the potential that fans of a book have. The book community can be a very important group to attract, especially for such a popular  and well received book.Creating a faithful adaptation that would have appealed to larger movie audiences would have been completely possible, and I think by making some of those large changes might turn away some of the book fans while also making for a less appealing movie to general audiences.

In the end, I am still excited to experience this movie on September 30. These are just my opinions, though, and I would love to hear the thoughts of other fans of the book. Don’t be afraid to comment and share your opinion on the movie. I think that the discussion of this movie can play over into the rest of YA book-to-movie adaptations and spark an interesting conversation.

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ReadGeek 2.o: New & Improved!

Hello friends! It’s Jordan from ReadGeek, back from our nearly year-long break from blogging to update you on our return, changes being made, as well as our plans for the future of ReadGeek.

Firstly, the long hiatus Jamari and I took was mostly caused by school. Middle school, especially in its later half, can be straining, not as much educationally as it is socially. Due to many of those social constructs and setups that are really too complicated for quick explanation, we became stressed and really lost the energy or motivation to keep posting on the blog. However, recent events have convinced us to not only return to the blog, but to expand 0n what we have created, making for a better blog overall.

To help us in our dream of making a larger blog that one day may one day become a hub of geek culture and society as a whole, we have added a new member onto our team, Mimi. They have been a friend of Jamari’s and I’s for a long time and they also share in our love of books, movies, and geeky things in general. We could not think of a better partner to work with us at ReadGeek and we hope this expansion on our team will help us to produce more unique content more often and widen the scope of topics we cover.

With this change, we will be editing our posting schedule, at least temporarily. Expect at least one post every other day, with authors generally rotating in responsibility. This is subject to change later in the year, seeing as we are teenagers who are required to attend school and deal with all that comes with it. We will, though, do our best in being consistent with these posts.

Also, do expect to see changes in content. We will still cover the usual (books, movies, TV shows) , but I do think that we will tackle some of the larger issues that are deeply rooted within the geek community and how those things play into the media we enjoy everyday through discussion like articles. More on this later, but I do think that the geek community is haven of acceptance and creativity, some of which is normally rejected by the mainstream, and I think deeper dives into those concepts can reveal a lot about us and who we identify as. At the core, we will still remain a blog dedicated to news and conversation about geeky media.

In conclusion, just expect better content being produced more often and covering an even larger set of topics. I hope that gives you an idea of what to anticipate from us in the next few months and, hopefully, even after that.


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Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hi Guys! It’s Jordan from ReadGeekx3 with a book review for the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Book Series, Hollow City. This is our second review in our Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Review Series, in which we review all the books in the series leading up to the release of Library of Souls, the third book of the series.

(This review may contain plot points from the first book, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children)

Hollow City Cover

This book follows Jacob and the peculiar gang after they leave for the mainland on a quest to find a cure to restore Miss Peregrine, who is now stuck in the body of a bird, to her human form. This journey sends them from their safe and secluded home on Cairnholm to the war-ridden city of London, which also happens to be the peculiar capital of the world. But as they quest, the scale of the situation they are in becomes increasingly clear, and they realize that the choices they make may affect not only them, but all of peculiardom.

This book takes what made the first book such a great thing and improves on it, introducing even more peculiar characters and expanding even more on the universe in which this book is set in. This book also gives us more of the vernacular photographs that made the first book so captivating. I really do love this book, but there are a few certain issues I find hard to overlook. For example, the sheer amount of characters that are in the story continually makes it hard to keep track of all of them, and more than once I found myself forgetting that a character was in the story at the moment because they had not been mentioned for a while. But this wasn’t nearly big enough of a complaint to stump my love for this book.

I love this book! It improves on the first book and gets me even more excited for Library of Souls, which comes out in 8 days! I give this book 4.5/5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  1/2

Library of Souls, the third and final book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, goes on sale on September 22 and is available for preorder now!

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