Book vs Film #3 Practical Magic

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…

I wrote on my The Rules of Magic review that I hadn’t liked Practical Magic that much when I read it years ago. So while I’m aware my experience with the book might be different now (I like to believe I’ve grown up haha), I think I’ll choose the film this time, too.

I think this was yet another one of those times when my expectations were too high because I had seen and loved the movie first. In fact, Practical Magic is still today one of my favorite movies. I don’t care if it’s too 90s, too corny or old-fashioned, I try to watch it once a year and it makes me feel so happy ❤ (I think it might be that time of the year now?).

When you fall in love with a film like that, you expect the book to make you feel the same way. Unfortunately for me, the book is WAY different. In fact, the novel is so different that it was like the screenwriter had decided to create a whole different story. And I liked that one better.

None of my favorite moments were in the book. The relationship between the two sisters felt too cold, there was no love spell or “curse”. Gillian and Sally were pretty unlikable and the aunts barely had any presence. There was no “sorority” feel and I didn’t get emotional at the end. Safe to say, I was pretty disappointed.

I get that this book is loved by many people, so I’m not saying it’s a bad book at all, it just wasn’t what I expected. Do you like the book? Or do you prefer the film?


22 thoughts on “Book vs Film #3 Practical Magic

  1. I just finished Rules of Magic and thought it was very good, but I didn’t read Practical Magic, so I’d have to go for the movie, too! I love these movie vs. book posts. So fun!


  2. I haven’t read the book but I’ve watched the film a lot (that scene is one of my favourites, it’s just sooo cute). I’ve heard a lot of people saying the book is almost like a completely different story and is nowhere near as good which puts me off ever reading it.

    Having recently read Rules of Magic I have a horrible feeling it might be similar in tone and style to that.


  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this movie all the way through and I’ve never read the book. I usually read the book before watching it’s movie, but I remember loving the movie A Walk to the Remember (oh so long ago haha) and then reading the book and it felt like an entirely different story like this.


    1. I also watched and read that one and yeah it was different but still enjoyed it I think. Langdon and Jamie. Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can’t feel it. My god, why do I remember this chessy stuff?

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  4. I agree the movie was soo much better. Love, Love the movie and always reminds me of my relationship with my sister. I did watch the movie many times before reading the book but it was just different from the movie and wasn’t what I was expecting or wanted. Not the books fault though.


  5. Just read The Rules of Magic and I really loved it! It took me a long time to decide whether or not to read it because I have read Practical Magic and did not enjoy the book at all although I love the movie! Bottom line the movie is better then the book.


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