By Allison Stapleton, Contributing Reporter
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fantasy story written by Ransom Riggs about a teenage boy named Jake who struggles with how ordinary his life has always been, until his grandfather, Abe, passes away. Abe died in Jake’s arms and Jake becomes haunted with his last words which told Jake to go to an island in Wales he fled to as a child, to escape the Nazi’s during World War II.
Jake decides he must go to this island and visit the children’s home Abe lived in, so he can get closure with his grandfather’s death. During this trip to the island Jake discovers the bedtime stories Abe told him -including monsters, peculiar kids with powers and a woman who can turn into a bird, were never fictitious at all.
As an avid book reader I have a love-hate relationship with books that get turned into movies. Sometimes it’s done incredibly and very few changes to the story are made, like J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Other times this is not the case and the film ends leaving the book fans highly disappointed, such as the case with the Percy Jackson films.
The film adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was released on Sept. 30 and is the perfect movie for those who love mystery and magic for those who haven’t picked up the book.
I have mixed feelings on the film while comparing it to the book. When turning a book into a movie, it’s obvious that there are going to be changes; although I feel it is highly unnecessary to change characters completely. In the film adaptation characters and their powers, or peculiarities, were changed entirely. In doing so entire scenes were changed as well, giving the characters entirely different stories.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie and book as separate entities, but not as the same story. They are both worth the watch and read as long as you don’t expect them to be the same.