So, if you’ve been around for the last couple of years, you’ve realized that book-to-movie adaptations have become all-too-popular and that there are WAY too many of them.
Book-to-movie adaptations usually stemmed from YA series becoming extremely popular, but, nowadays, it seems like every book, even if you’ve NEVER heard of it, is becoming a movie.
I know I’ve definitely gotten extremely tired of most adaptations these days.
It’s really more of a sign that the movie industry is starting to get super uncreative, not to mention that most of the ones that eventually become movies are books I haven’t even read yet or I’m just not interested in the books they’re based off of at all. The ones that I’m begging for – Looking for Alaska, Red Rising, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Eleanor & Park – are stuck in development hell while the ones I hate are being made. IT’S FINE; I’M FINE.
Personally, I barely keep up with adaptations in the first place. My family and I rarely go to the movie theaters at all, and by the time the adaptation rolls around, I’m not really in the mood to actually watch it, so I push it aside, and, as a result, time passes, and then I realize that I STILL haven’t watched it yet. Oops.
I think that even though all of us would love to see our favorite book be turned into a 3-hour extravaganza that’s exactly like the book, that will probably never happen.
Usually, I prefer my book-to-movie adaptations to be as close as possible to the source material. I’m definitely fine with a couple of changes – for instance, there are some things that happen in the Gone Girl movie that don’t happen in the Gone Girl book, but that’s what enhanced the viewing experience and made it even better. The Gone Girl book is still definitely fantastic, but I absolutely love the movie and think of it as the same quality of the book. This can also be the same instance regarding the Harry Potter movie franchise. Though the movies do take a couple of creative liberties that I absolutely hate, overall, the movies are very well done and keep pretty close to the source material.
But, that’s not to forget that some book-to-movie adaptations are just completely different from the source material. I think we’re all probably thinking of the same movie right now: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I don’t think anyone who has read the books enjoyed the movies one bit since the only similar thing between the two of them were the character names and the title of the movie. The plot wasn’t the same, the age of the characters messed the entire movie up, none of the characters had any of their traits, and it was just overall terrible. Another more modern one is Insurgent and Allegiant. I actually loved Divergent and thought it was done well, but then the director changed, and lo and behold, we got Insurgent and Allegiant, which flopped in the box office, and now there’s not even a fourth movie happening.
Obviously, I think there needs to be a balance between being faithful to the source material and trying to make an entertaining movie for those who have never read the books.
Yes, I want a perfect adaptation, but I also want it to be popular among people more than the fandom, if that makes sense.In the book community, the saying “The book is always better than the movie” is repeated often.
It’s gotten to the point where we say it so often that now there’s bookish merchandise out there that has the saying emblazoned on the front of it. But does that always ring true? Is the book always better than the movie? Definitely not always.
I know that personally, I enjoyed Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when I read the book, but when I attempted to read Hollow City, its sequel, I wasn’t very impressed and ended up getting bored and DNF-ing it. I went to go watch the movie adaptation of Mrs. Peregrine’s, and I ended up really enjoying it, much more than I did the book! I really liked how there was more meat to the plot, and the fact that the movie had a much better ending than the book’s cliffhanger one. Personally, I’ve always thought that the series was dragged out, and Mrs. Peregrine’s should’ve stayed a stand-alone, so it was really nice to see an ending work out that explored an ending like that, and I thought it really fit Jacob’s character!
I like to believe that pretty much every bookworm out there has one movie adaptation that they preferred over the book, whether it’s because they thought the book was terrible and the movie took the concept and made it good or for any other reason.
I guess I sometimes wish we could be a bit more open-minded towards movie adaptations of books since not all of them are perfect, sometimes, they might be a bit better.
What is your opinion on book-to-movie adaptations? Any opinions on these topics? What are your favorite and least favorite movie adaptations?