I'll start off by warning that this will most likely turn into a rant, and there will be little to no information about the story line of the book "Blood and Chocolate" by Annette Curtis Klause. Feel free to watch my video below, for that sort of stuff.
This is about the horrid film adaptation that claimed to be based off of Klause's novel.
With most film adaptations, there is going to be scenes from the book that are cut altogether, changed, shortened, or modified. That just comes with the territory. Filmmakers need to keep their film relatively short, so every little scene from the book cannot be in the adaptation.
I understand this and accept this for every adaptation I've seen.
The reason why I'm so mad at this particular adaptation is the way they changed the story completely.
I mention in my review video below that the main thing I love about this book is the fact that Aidan, werewolf Vivian's human love interest, does not accept her for who she is when she reveals herself to him. Most, not all, but most teen paranormal romances are Romeo and Juliet, tragic, star-crossed lovers, kind of stories.
There's nothing wrong with that, I just find it refreshing to read something a little different. The book shows a new perspective to a very familiar story.
The film, however, turned Gabriel (the new leader of Vivian's pack) and the pack into villains. Furthermore, they turned Vivian and Aiden into the star-crossed lovers we've read so much about already. At the end of the film, Vivian ends up with Aiden.
Just. Like. Every other. Teen paranormal romance.
Basically, I'm just pissed that these filmmakers decided it would be better to take an already great story -- that was different and new -- and stuff it into the same mold as every other teen movie.
I would LOVE to be able to interview the director of this adaptation. Just to find out what the hell happened here. I read that Klause was not kept informed during the film-making process, but I'm not sure how true that is. I kind of hope it's true, because I don't know what I'd do if Klause allowed her story to be treated like that.
I honestly don't remember if the film was actually good or not, I was too busy being utterly and irrevocably disappointed in the film as an adaptation.
The takeaway? I HIGHLY recommend you read the book, it's great. In case you just skimmed to the bottom and missed the rant, I HATE the movie with a fiery passion that will not be put out.