The Time Machine

Book vs. Movie

The People in Hollywood think a lot of themselves when they take a perfectly good book and bastardize it into another of their predictable movies, just another bowler hat on the streets of London. One thing that usually differs between books and their movie counterparts is the characters: new ones being added, old ones taken out, and traits being changed. Another is the places, because sometimes a books description is just too difficult or expensive to put into reality, or doesn't quit benefit the scene. Or maybe is just changed to satisfy a directors creative idea. And species, which kind of only pertains to books like the Time Machine, also change a lot, and not necessarily in a good or bad way. Characters, settings, and species are very common things that are made to evolve into a movie vision from their bookish form.

A big thing that gets tweaked in the movie process is characters. The main character, the Time Traveler himself, has huge differences in the book and the move. It is hard to tell he is even the same person. For one, we know his name and a lot more of his personal life, along with his love life, which takes away from the mysterious aura of his character. He is still smart and dedicated in both, but the book makes it seem like he is a bit older and has much more wisdom because of those extra years. Him being younger gives the feel of him being less professional with his actions, and more personal. A total new person is added in the move; Emma seems to only be there to give Alexander an alternative reason to want to mess with time, other than pure curiosity. In the movie, there is no curiosity to kill the cat, but yet, Emma's still dead. And then there is Weena (or is there?), who is a huge role in the book and split into Mora and Kaleb in the movie. This is the most similar of all the characters, being as Kaleb is the childish ignorance the time traveler sees in Weena, and Mora is the side of Weena that made him feel comfortable, and the obvious love interest, which is needed for all good Hollywood movies, of course.

Change in setting is something most people do not notice, as settings are not usually at the forefront of ones mind as their brains dive into a book or something on the screen, but settings still get displayed differently as they morph from words to pictures. Movie version changed where the Eloi inhabited by making it on the side of a cliff in structures that looked very much like bee-hives, instead of what is described in the book; Eloi lived on hilly land with old ruins and houses the size of palaces. The Palace of Green Porcelain is still a place where the Time Traveler finds artifacts from the past, both in book and movie, and a way to defeat the Morlocks; the movie gave the information in the form of information, while the book gave it in way of a crude crowbar. Even the Distant future is different in the book and movie. The book has him go millions of years forward, letting the Time Traveler glimpse a hint of the earth's fate with beach land, red water, and a sun that takes up the sky. But the movie just translated it to the near future, with everything in flames. But settings is a common thing to differ in Movie and book, something's are more unique to the story line.

Many movies don't deal with species, other than science fiction and fantasy, but the Time Machine does, and it does so obviously. The Morlocks still live underground as they were described to, but unlike their original form, they are not nocturnal, nor are they furry and short. The Eloi are totally different, looking almost the same as humans did hundreds of thousands of years ago. They also have a leader and can even speak English. The most similar trait about them to the book Eloi is that they are afraid of the Morlocks. The humans are looked at significantly more in the movie than the books, but the Time Traveler still sees them the same; Humans think they know everything.

Sometimes a good production is made from a book, but this one seems to be mucked up. The characters may have been more in-depth in the movie, but the book versions made you want to read, the small tid-bits of their personality pulling you in. The settings may have been changed for production value, and they weren't all that bad, but the book version just seemed more believable and not so "ohhh they live on a cliff and climb like monkeys, ahhh". And it is just sad that they messed up the species, because many people surely wanted to see how the Morlocks and Eloi would look, but that was messed up too. All in all, the book was better, even though the book and movie make the same story seem like two totally different tales.