A Wrinkle in Time: Book vs. Movie

I originally read A Wrinkle in Time back when I was a teenager. I remember loving it, and read the entire series. When I found out a movie was coming out, I decided it was the perfect time for a re-read with my ten-year old. Below are my thoughts on the book versus the movie.

A Wrinkle in Time – THE BOOK
Series: Time Quintet

Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Publication Date: January 1, 1962
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A Wrinkle in Time was just as good the second time as it was the first. I didn’t remember much of the story, but it came back to me as I read. I was amazed at how a book written so long ago could still ring so true today. There were so many great lessons to be learned from A Wrinkle in Time. Madeliene L’Engle’s writing didn’t feel outdated at all. Granted, the story is a little weird, but that’s science fiction for you. (Or at least for me.)

I’m so glad I was able to read this book with my daughter. She loved it! She was so fascinated by the story and characters. She loved it so much that we’re continuing on with the story and she was excited to see the movie.

A Wrinkle in Time – THE MOVIE

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

The movie was BEAUTIFUL. The imagery, the acting, the message…it was all so beautiful! It was a joy for the eyes, ears, and the soul. That being said, it wasn’t as good as it could have been. Some parts of the original story were left out. Some parts of the story were changed or updated for a more current feel. I know this happens a lot in adaptations and I understand why. I actually liked what they did with most of them. It just made me sad that they changed it. The original story is so good, and I wanted to see it all come to life. My daughter felt the same way.

Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. My daughter did as well. I do wonder if we would have enjoyed it or been able to follow it had we not read the book. It’s an out there story that might feel like it jumps around crazily if you haven’t read the book. Or maybe we would have liked it more not knowing the differences between the book and movie. Anyways. I thought the movie was nicely done.

9 thoughts on “A Wrinkle in Time: Book vs. Movie

  1. I really should re-read this book, too! I think I read it when I was 12 and I really loved it, but I don’t remember much of it either. I think I would want to wait to watch the movie until after I read the book again, though.

    • It was really fun to re-read. If you loved it then, you probably will now. Definitely watch after reading. It would be a great one to rent.

  2. I listened to the audiobook recently and felt the same way as you about the amazing writing. It is such a wonderful story. My sister and I went to see the movie last week and she hadn’t read the book. She had a hard time following along with the plot of the movie without knowing the backstory. I loved the movie as well, but I do agree that it could have been better. Lovely comparison! 🙂

    • I loved reading your thoughts! I’m happy to know that I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. 🙂

  3. Kid me never had to read this book for school or anything (and I never really read much of anything tbh but that’s neither here or there), so I’m not sure what to expect from the story itself. It just all looks like a wonderful adventure with some of my favourite actors — which is what I’m banking on to sell the adaptation to me. I’m happy you (and your kid) liked it though, Dea!

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