Monday, July 1, 2013

[Coffee Shop Talks] Book to Movie Adaptations

I'm 110% behind book to movie adaptations! I think our movie selections would be sorely lacking without them. I shudder to think that Lord of the Rings may never have made it to the big screen. 

A lot of my favorite movies were inspired by novels.. Secret Window (Stephen King's Secret Window, Secret Garden), Big Fish (Big Fish by Daniel Wallace), Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice), 3:10 to Yuma (Three-Ten to Yuma by Elmore Leonard), I Am Legend (I Am Legend by Richard Matheson), and many others.

And I can't forget the graphic novel movie adaptations because they are some of the very best.. 300, X-Men First Class, Wolverine, Kick-Ass, Spider-Man/The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, Surrogates, Red, and I'm sure there are plenty more that I can't think of at the moment.

And I have to mention Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. Even though it's TV and not movies, these two shows make my life complete. I couldn't be more grateful to George R.R. Martin and Robert Kirkman for making these adaptations possible.

Would I want my favorite novels to become movie adaptations? Absolutely! I may complain that the heroine doesn't look the way that I imagined or I may worry that crucial scenes might not make it into the film, but you better believe that I will be one of the first in line to see it.  

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Traci Horton said...

I've become more open to movie adaptions as visual effects improve and I can better appreciate the movie (or tv show) on it's own without comparing it to the book too much.

Beth W said...

I'm torn....I think some are done very well (Game of Thrones, X-Men First Class, Lord of The Rings, Big Fish, Harry Potter) and some were really disappointing to me (The Hunger Games, World War Z, etc). I think it comes down to this: If the author has a large hand in the production and writing/adaptation of the work AND if it isn't a narrative/first-person-heavy book, it seems to work well. However, if the majority of the book is spent in the narrator's head, and that's how we get to know them, it doesn't translate well to the screen (especially when released as a big summer blockbuster). That being said, there are some books I would love to see made into movies or TV series (and SO excited that Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" is becoming an HBO mini-series).

Addicted2Heroines said...

Good point, Traci! Especially since so many of my favorites are in the UF genre, so there would be demons and shape-shifting and ghosts and flying vamps. Good visual effects would be crucial.

Wonderfully said, Beth! I'm disappointed to hear that about World War Z though =( And I had no idea about American Gods. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

Brittany Davis said...

I think it's great. I can understand the "purists" saying movies never live up to the book. But honestly, I like when the movie veers off a bit. I don't want something to be EXACTLY the same. For example: Queen of the Damned. Book & movie were totally different, but both were awesome.

Ning said...

Usually I'm not a fan, but I agree I loved Lord of the Rings and would totally have cried if that wasn't ever made into a movie. Legolas was my first movie crush hahaha, but I haven't been super impressed with other book to movie conversions though just because I liked to imagine characters in my head when I read and rarely do the movie characters coincide with my imaginary characters.

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