Book vs Movie: Memoirs of a Geisha 1

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

This is the first Book vs Movie post by Breathing Pages (Anj). Yay! I am currently reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (ISBN 0-679-78158-7). I have the Vintage Contemporaries version and not the movie tie-up version. 


On page 14 of this novel, Sayuri, the narrator, says, "All at once he caught sight of my gray eyes..." 


Sayuri, in the movie version, has light blue eyes. Whoa..?


*Note: Image is from Not mine.


Here's my two cents on the change in color. Her eyes are said be representative of her element, water. The color gray is associated more with metal rather than water. So, I think (no, it's not confirmed; it is my opinion) that they made it blue because blue is the color of water. 


When I first saw the movie, I honestly found it weird that she has blue eyes since she's Japanese. It looked so unnatural on Chiyo. I thought her mother must've been from a different country because her eyes were blue. She got everything from her father minus the eyes. (Hi Harry Potter!) Now that I read up until this part, I still don't know if the grayness of her eyes really matter in the novel so I can't really say that it would've been better if it were gray. 


What do you guys think? :)


Still reading on,