The Woman in Black
I’d been told I should read The Woman in Black by Susan Hill as it was one of the best thrillers to be written, so when I saw this beautiful hardcover edition I bought it an it went in the TBR pile.
Then the movie was released with Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) in the lead role, and the book was shifted higher up the pile. I didn’t end up seeing the movie on the big screen, and it wasn’t until the movie was released on DVD that I finally got started on the book.
I was about half way through the book when I ended up seeing the movie, and it turns out I’m way better at controlling my emotions (aka how scared I get) with a book. Not so good watching a movie – much to the amusement (and frustration) of friends. That’s right, I jumped and may have given a slight sequel, at one point in the film, but at no time felt the need to do that while reading the book.
So, having seen the movie I finished the book, and the film is definitely based on the book, rather than being the book on screen. There are a lot of differences between the two, the biggest is the ending.
The Woman in Black is a well written thriller, it’s a read that you enjoy even though it’s dark and depressing. The film is also an enjoyable thriller, which conveys fear in a way that’s contagious.
In the Seen on Screen debate of book versus film – I’m going with film.
Here’s the trailer for it: