So for this week’s discussion I’ve decided to make it a pretty easy topic.
Book to movie / TV adaptations. They’re everywhere aren’t they? And while they’re great things, there’s also that hesitant side in most bookworms.
So I’m asking TWO questions today – Do we actually want adaptations most of the time? And is there too many of them?
Adaptations are a great thing for so many people. Authors get more support for their book. All the people working on the movie or TV show get to be part of a great story. We bookworms get to see something that was pure imagination before be brought to life. We see a well loved story shared even more widely. And people who might not be common readers actually decide to pick the book up and give it a chance, because they enjoyed the movie so much.
There’s been so many times where I’ve seen people who aren’t necessarily readers actually get into books because they liked the film adaptation of it. Or sometimes it doesn’t even get to that point – they’ll see the trailer, and decide to read the book before the movie comes out. And those moments honestly fill me with so much joy for them. So for that, I can’t really begrudge book adaptations.
Bookworms are notorious for being the harshest judges of adaptations. Which isn’t surprising really, since a lot of them are books we’ve already fallen in love with.
And that’s exactly why we might not want an adaptation. It’s not a scene by scene copy of the book in screen mode – it’s an adaptation. Scenes will be changed. Scenes will be cut. The ending may be different. Key things may be changed. The actors might not look how the characters were described. It might end up being a bit cringe-worthy. If it’s fantasy, the special effects might not look realistic.
It’s just that nagging feeling where if we love a story, we want the adaptation to be perfect. And yet, everyone reads the same story differently, so it will never be perfect for everyone. Not to mention the fact they have to make it screen appropriate, keeping it around 2 hours long and engaging enough to keep people interested.
For me, it depends which book it is. A lot of the time I’d be on board, but then there’s moments where I just panic thinking “DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH MY PRECIOUS” .
Looking at you, Throne of Glass. How the thought of your TV show terrifies me so.
This is something I’m sort of in two minds about.
Yes, I think it’s getting to a point where there’s too many. But…it doesn’t really bother me all that much.
It only comes to mind when an author will say on Twitter that they have an announcement coming up about their book, and my first thought will be “Bet it’s a movie or TV show”. And I’d be willing to guess that somewhere between a third-to-half of the +300 books I own have either a movie or TV show. I was actually going to count them to prove my point, but was quickly stumped by the classics I own – I don’t know which ones have films/tv shows or not 😆
It’s quite common now for that disclaimer to pop up in the opening credits of a film, claiming it’s “based off the best-selling novel”. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know. Sure, there’s hundreds of adaptations, but in comparison to the amount of books out there in the world, it’s probably only a small percentage that are optioned to be adapted.
So now it’s your turn!
What do you think of book adaptations? Do you get excited for them, or nervous?
Does it depend on the book?
Also, is there any difference in reaction from you if it’s one or the other? Would you be more excited about a movie, or a TV show?
Does it depend on other things instead, such as the producers/directors/actors?
Do you think there’s too many book adaptations?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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