Hey guys, today I’m coming at you with ANOTHER discussion! I feel like I never write discussion posts but, all of a sudden you’re getting three in a row??? (with more to come WHAT???)
I think in the book community we like to trash book-to-movie/tv adaptations but, I thought today I would talk to you guys about the pros and cons of book-to-screen adaptations because I happen to love them!
- Book-to-screen adaptations are a really easy way for non-readers to still experience the story.
- It can be so much fun to see your faves on the big screen.
- It’s really helpful for people like me who have trouble picturing the characters when reading.
- They give us something to trash/talk about if it all goes badly
- It’s a talking point – it gives us a way to connect with other readers
- The movie can bring a lot of attention to the book, which is rarely a bad thing.
- Watching the movie/show might convince someone to read the book!
- Depending on the age group, it could be a family event – I often will take my youngest brother to the cinema and we will read the book together afterwards.
So, by the title, you guys can probably tell that I do actually enjoy book-to-screen adaptations! If you’ve been anywhere near the book community over the past few years, you will have realised that we tend to shame book adaptations and never talk about some of the good ones. And let’s face it, Percy Jackson was a good movie, it just wasn’t a good book-to-movie adaptation.
I personally, love adaptations for all the reasons I listed above. I find them really enjoyable and really helpful because I am not the most creative person and have a lot of trouble picturing characters and locations when I’m reading. Basically, my brain is lazy.
BOOK-TO-SCREEN ADAPTATIONS WORTH MORE HYPE
- They’re not always accurate (Percy Jackson, Shadowhunters)
- You’re telling me that 20-something-year-old is playing a 15-year-old???
- So many are made poorly
- It either goes terribly or they turn a 300-page book into a trilogy because that makes sense!
- There are often a lot of details that are missed out on, due to a limited amount of screen time.
- Characters can be completely changed (think along the lines of Ginny Weasley)
So, as much as I love book-to-screen adaptations, even I can admit that some of them are pretty darn bad. I mean, I didn’t enjoy The Mortal Instruments but I do understand why so many fans of the books don’t enjoy the show! I mean, if Stalking Jack The Ripper came to life and it was terrible I would probably be crying and raging constantly.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATIONS?
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE?