[LET’S CHAT] The Sudden Abundance of Book-To-Movie Adaptations

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.

File_002 (41)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.File_003 (27)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.

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55 thoughts on “[LET’S CHAT] The Sudden Abundance of Book-To-Movie Adaptations

  1. I don’t always think the books are better than the movies. One that comes to mind is The Host. I could not read the book. It was boring to me, but the movie was awesome. I might have liked the book better had I read it first. Who knows…..
    I also enjoy it when the movies are close to the books. I really get disappointed when the movie is really far off the books. Especially when you have a certain image of a character and they are way off base in the movie with that character. Kind of ruins it.
    One movie adaption I was highly disappointed in was the Vampire Academy movie. I had high hopes for that one and it sucked. It was poorly directed. One movie adaption I loved but they didn’t do the sequels to, but instead did tv shows was Mortal Instruments, now a show called Shadow Hunters. I liked the movie way better than the tv show and wish they would have just kept the movies going. Oh well….
    Great topic for a post. Loved it. πŸ™‚

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    • I actually watched The Host and never read the book! I don’t remember my feelings about it since it was years ago, though. πŸ˜‚

      Oh yeah, I hadn’t read Vampire Academy before I the movie was announced, but it looked terrible. πŸ˜‚ I don’t think I’ll ever watch it! I love TMI, but haven’t watched either adaptation since both look pretty bad. I think Shadowhunters is an interesting one since it now has its own fan base of people who didn’t like the books or didn’t watch the books, which is a really interesting case!

      Thank you! 😘

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  2. great post! πŸ™‚
    i really love it, when the movies are as close as possible to the movies. it’s just a great feeling to say the favorite characters say the things they do in the book. it is just a better experience in my opinion. i don’t mind when there are extra scenes or if scenes are left out, as long as it’s true to the original!
    one favorite book to movie adaptation is “the outsiders”. i recently read the book and watched the movie after reading and i loved it. it was basically the same and that was so cool.
    a movie that is way better than the book in my opinion is “the jane austen book club”. i love that movie. it’s so much fun. and the book is just weird. the writing is off and i didn’t like the execution.
    all in all, i have no problems with book to movie adaptations, because there should be something for everybody. but it has to be close to the book! πŸ™‚

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    • Ah, I’ve never read or watched The Outsiders! My brother did and loved both; I’ve heard good things about the movie! πŸ˜„ I’ve never heard of that book or movie before; there’s so many adaptations out these days; I feel like I’m missing out on all of them! πŸ˜‚ Yeah, I definitely agree that it has to be close to the book. I’m more okay with creative liberties if the overall plot and characterization are really good!

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  3. You said it – the books I’m dying to see in movie or TV form are always stuck as “rights purchased” but nothing ever goes forward. But yet books I’ve never heard of are being made and cast before the book is released. Why? Who makes these decisions? I mean, really.

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    • You bring up a great point, Shanah! Yesterday on Twitter there was this Handbook for Mortals thing going around that everyone was freaking out about because it was suddenly at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. Turns out, everyone involved in writing and promoting the book were buying the books in bulk and essentially buying their way to the top. The goal was to get to the top so that the book could become a movie and the author could play the main character (because the author is an actress desperate to make it). Turns out she’s related to JC Chaves (from NSYNC) and some other famous folks. So I think when it comes down to picking books to become movies, it’s less about fan appeal (tho that’s important) and more to do with who the authors know. Food for thought!

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      • I was following that yesterday! Just insane! And I definitely think it has to do with who you know. No little known author who has been working their ass off on their spare time will be optioned BEFORE the book is released.
        Too bad their NYT list stunt backfired. I for one know I won’t read or purchase that book – no matter how good it is!

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      • Haha, yeah – it’s a bit pathetic and I’m surprised the people involved were still tweeting like nothing happened! It didn’t sound like something I’d be interested in in the first place either.

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      • I don’t understand that either. I’ve been waiting for info for The Night Circus but nothing. Yet The Sandcastle Empire had Leonardo Dicaprio backing a movie before it was released!!
        Book nerds got a book removed from the NYT bestsellers list – maybe we can unite for movies we want!

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  4. Great post! I like movie adaptations best when they complement the book, even if they don’t follow it exactly. My favorite was the Bourne series. There was SO much more to The Bourne Identity book than the movie (complete plot lines were removed), but the movie was focused and had the same vibe as the book. And the second and third movie completely strayed from the original book plots but they were better for it. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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    • Haha, I actually learned just this year that the Bourne movies were books and I was shocked! I’ve never watched them, but I find it so crazy how there are movies that are actually more popular than their books, sort of like Brokeback Mountain or Shutter Island or Fight Club. I definitely should watch them someday; I love a good action movie! πŸ˜„

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  5. You made a very good point of the books not always being better. For some reason that opinion is rather hushed up sometimes because us bookworms are expected to hail the book over all else.

    There really are waaaaay too many books that are being transformed into movies and you are absolutely right when you say that producers/directors/the business as a whole are relying solely on other people’s material rather than creating something new for themselves. I mean… even comic books are being turned into movies which is now a HUGE franchise and frankly I haven’t read any of the comics, but am a big fan of the movies.

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    • That’s so true about comic books movies! I’m not a huge fan of comics, but I’m so involved in the MCU and Marvel TV shows, and I find it amazing that something that originally could have been limiting has now received a worldwide audience of all genders and ages and backgrounds! I remember I talked with a friend IRL about how geek culture is totally taking over in the media – I’m guessing that comics weren’t as mainstream in the ’90s as they are now, but now they’re the highest-grossing movies, taking over the TV world, and people would give up their left kidney to go to Comic-Con. But that’s a whole thing that’s not even the point of this discussion lol

      (Also, I love the new profile pic; it’s so pretty! 😍)

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      • Right?? My boyfriend has always been a huge fan of comics and is always anticipating the next big blockbuster. It’s a massive franchise now. It’s crazy how huge it’s gotten!

        And thank you!

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  6. The movie industry is apparently now living of mostly adaptations, not only books to movie adaptations but comics, video games, etc.. there’s hardly anything original.. I personally dread books to movie adaptations (even if I find myself intrigued by some) They are just a product that it has to be sold therefor it gets changed in to what might get the attention of the audience (according to those who made it) That’s why we end up saying so commonly Books are Better than the movie (even if it’s not always the case)…But I do understand, it is a business after all but this is the main reason why I don’t jump with glee when I see that a favorite book is being adapted…

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    • Yes, exactly! The movie industry has been largely influenced by remakes, sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations for geeky things – which is just video games, books, superheroes, ’80s nostalgia, etc. And not all of them are the best, which is why I enter with trepidation, because I sometimes feel they’re trying to make a quick buck off of fangirls and fanboys, if that makes sense? That’s a good point about WHY we say “The books are better than the movie” – the idea that the books have more heart than the movies!

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      • Exactly, that’s why I’m not usually very excited when my favorite book gets made into a movie…Very few live up to a reader’s expectations and it wouldn’t be totally fair to ask that since we need to understand that it is a business after all…. It’s a very fine line between a good work and just a money making trash…

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  7. Great post! I love a good film adaption and can forgive a few minor issues (film Cedric Diggory will never live up to book Cedric Diggory but I’m not sure that was ever going to happen!) One adaption that really surprised me was The Fault in Our Stars, it is one of my favourite books and I put off watching it for ages because I didn’t think it would be any good and then I watched it and I loved it!

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    • Same, I don’t mind minor issues, but there are some things that I just HATE and will irk me forever. πŸ˜‚ I actually haven’t watched TFIOS, which is ridiculous! I’ve read the book twice and only heard good things about the movie, so I’m definitely going to watch it! πŸ˜„

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  8. To be completely honest I’m a bit tired to see a bunch of adaptations coming out recently. Yes, it’s true some I’ve actually watched and enjoyed more than the book, but ugh, others are horrible.
    I definitely like adaptations that are closer to the book itself, but sometimes you just need to leave those characters and the book alone, I feel, because otherwise it would ruin the book (at least for me!).
    I don’t know, maybe producers and writers are really lazy and don’t come up with great ideas so they think “what a great time for a book adaptation!”. πŸ˜‚

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    • Haha, exactly! I think it was the Oscars before the latest one where pretty much every Oscar nominated movie was based off a book, which I found absolutely crazy. I get shocked when I watch a movie and then find out later when I look it up it was originally a really not know book. And it’s always the most unexpected ones! 😱 But, yeah, I’m getting tired of adaptations coming out. I’d be more satisfied if the book to movie adaptations they announced were “in the works” five years ago were being made. πŸ˜‚

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      • Well… it has a positive thing: you can discover new books you knew nothing about before you watched the movieπŸ˜…. But yeah, people need to get a bit more creative and make something new haha.

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  9. I don’t need an adaption to be completely faithful to the source material, I just want to have the same feeling watching the movie that I had reading the book. Some things don’t translate well from page to screen so I understand changes are often necessary, but my favorite adaptions carry the magic of the book to the screen – even if the scenes or words are different.

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    • That’s so true! I sometimes feel like there are books that only translate well AS BOOKS, like if the beautiful writing is what made the book, that’s not going to translate through the movie and might make it more meh than it was originally meant to be. I love being swept up in the emotions of a good movie adaptation, though! 😍

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  10. I recently wrote a discussion post on Books vs their TV/Movie Adaptations.
    I personally don’t mind when adaptations stray from the original. When it’s done right, it can be interesting and give the movie something unique that the book(s) just didn’t have.

    For example, there were a lot of detail changes in the movie version of Austenland but I loved the changes. They gave the heroine heart and the plot made more sense in the movie.

    I am elated that there are a lot of YA adaptations coming out soon. A lot of them are about a diverse main characters (Simon vs., THUG, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), which is amazing.

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    • That’s true! I think there are some elements that writers add that just really add to the story! ❀

      Ah, NO WORDS CAN EXPLAIN HOW EXCITED I AM FOR SIMON VS. It looks so great! I’m excited for THUG as well; the book was fantastic and I think it’ll make a fantastic adaptation! 😍

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  11. Heyyy new blog design right? I love it! I agree that is bizarre so many books are being made into movies or TV shows, yet some of the ones I am dying for are stuck in development or the early stages of being made into a movie and will probably never get there. And as much as I love seeing some of my favorite books on the big screen, I always end up comparing it too much to the book and probably like the movie a lot less than if I hadn’t read the book first. I don’t always think the book is better, I actually thought TFIOS was better as a movie, but most of the time I’m comparing the two too much to really enjoy the movie.

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    • It is; thank you so much! I’m still working on it and trying to update my posts; IT’S SO MUCH WORK, but it’s totally worth it right now! I’ve edited this post so many times; oh my God.

      Yeah, definitely! I feel like there are some book-to-movie adaptations that I would consider just fine if they weren’t based off of a book. I mean, some are just terrible whether they were based off of a book or not, but some are just meh and would’ve been better off if pitched as original Hollywood ideas. I still haven’t watched TFIOS; what is wrong with me! XD

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  12. Ugh, the only time I’d love an adaption is if it were GOOD and STUCK TO THE BOOK. I mean obviously they can’t get everything right, but as long as they stick to the book’s main plot and include as many details as they can??? I personally think that just because an adaption wasn’t good as an adaption DOESN’T mean it’s not a good movie. It’s also unfair that they’re judged by how well they incorporated the book’s elements — the quality of the movie is not degraded just because it left out. BUT I do agree that there will always be a movie adaption we like over the book! (Sorry, this comment was just all over the place. XD)

    ALSO I LOVE YOUR NEW BLOG DESIGN OMG??? <333

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    • Haha, no problem, May! πŸ˜‚ Yeah, I get really annoyed when a movie adaptation COMPLETELY changes the plot – it’s probably why most people hate the Percy Jackson and Divergent movies so much; since they diverged heavily from the plot (no pun intended lol). Yeah, I think that there are definitely really good movies out there that diverge from their book plots; I mean, Fight Club is considered a classic and was based off a book and so was Brokeback Mountain, so it’s actually really interesting! πŸ˜„

      THANK YOU! There’s still some stuff her needs fixing, but I’m satisfied for now. πŸ˜„

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  13. I love books being made into movies, but I abhor when the movie takes the book and CHANGES everything about the book that made it good. Everyone says that the Eragon movie adaptation was trash. So after I read the book, I never saw it… I never read the Percy Jackson series or have seen the movies, so I cannot say anything about that there.

    I really liked the Prisoner of Azkaban just because I adored the actor who played Lupin and I think he did a great job with his character. *o*

    All in all, I think that in this day and age people need to judge book and their movie adaptations as different entities. Going into a theatre and expecting it to be a certain way and it is completely different is a huge let down. If you view a movie without reading the book, you could see it for what it is and not keep comparing it badly to the book.

    (I don’t think my thoughts are very organized here. xD Great post as always!)

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    • Ooh, I haven’t read the Eragon book or watched the movie, but I have heard terrible things about the movie from my friend. πŸ˜‚

      Oh, yeah, David Thewlis was a great Lupin! ❀

      That’s very true! I usually expect movies to not be very accurate to the books at this point, so I think it’s best to not try to compare at all, or you’ll end up being disappointed no matter what!

      Thank you! ❀

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  14. I LOVE movies, so book-to-movie adaptions are a subject I’m really passionate about . :’) like everything else, I think they’re great if they’re done *well*!

    like you said, sometimes, changing things around and taking things out can actually make the movie BETTER. (And, more often, it can make the movie worse. πŸ˜“)

    for instance, I adored Gone Girl and Hunger Games…. but let’s not talk about Percy Jackson or The Mortal Instruments, because BOY those were those travesties. I can literally rant about them for hours, ughhh.

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    • Yeah, definitely! I get super annoyed when a book does a perfectly fine job at doing something, and then the movie takes all these crazy liberties with it. Like, why??? The book had the perfect plot! 😩

      Haha, I never watched the TMI movie after hearing so many bad things about it! πŸ˜‚ Gone Girl is fantastic and The Hunger Games is as well; I’m surprised I still haven’t watched the sequels! πŸ™ˆ

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      • Right?? I mean, okay, all these twists and turns are all fine and dandy IF THEY’RE DONE IN A WAY THAT MAKES SENSE.

        also, do yourself a favor and stay faaarrr away from the City of Bones movie. I’ve heard the TMI show is better, but at the same time, that movie is pretty difficult to beat on terms of horrible-ness. I’M SUCH A HATER HAHA.

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  15. When I was younger I definitely believed that the book is always better, but now I definitely don’t believe that. I prefer Shadowhunters over the books and The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie did such a good job that it’s probably just as good as the book (though it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie so I might feel different now).

    I’m not that fond of Miss Peregrine’s; I did enjoy the first book, but I found the sequels so bad that I had no interest in the movie, so I had no idea they changed the ending! I just read the wikipedia page and they changed so much. I’m glad that they made it a standalone movie, because the sequels were really unnecessary.

    Oh and don’t get me started on the Percy Jackson movie πŸ˜‚

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    • I’ve heard fantastic things about the Perks of Being A Wallflower movie! Never watched it since I still haven’t read the book yet. XD

      Yeah, there doesn’t seem to be any plans for sequels, and I think it fits that way! The second book was just so disappointing, and I do think the book series should have been a stand-alone, especially since there was a gap in between the first and second books being published, which I guess they added more because it was successful? I don’t know.

      IT WAS SO BAD. I heard Sea of Monsters was just as bad as well. XD

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  16. Least favorite adaptation: Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. Favorite adaptation: World War Z. Sorry, but the movie with those intelligent zombies acting like an actual virus in blood cells or whatever was SUPER COOL.

    I think the main reason tv/movie industries are turning to books for content material is because, number one, there is already a fan following, even if it small. The movie industry or whatever isn’t starting from nowhere with building hype. Then, once one person who is a fan finds out about it – bam – it’s on social media. Then it circulates with basically no advertising fees added to the production. Secondly, books are a wealth of creativity. There are so many books out there, a lot of skill that we don’t even know is out there. I don’t know if you’ve tried script-writing, but it is kind of a b***h. It’s hard to feel the characters, hard to visualize the scene. More people are inclined to write stories in a book/ novel format – which means there is a greater chance for a seed of something great to be out there. Third, if I had the power to get a movie made, man, I’d love to work on the creation of my favorite books into films, even if it is just to keep it out of the hands of other people.

    Personally, I’m kind of done with the whole book-to-movie thing. I mean, I love them, get excited for them and all of that. I will still watch them. It’s just disappointing to analyze where they fail. Also, when I absorb media, I have very little patience for repeats. I have never watched a tv series more than once, I rarely watch movies over. I have reread the Percy Jackson series twice and The Giver three times. Other than that, maybe some that I read on my own and then, years later, was going to have a test on? I don’t do repeats. There is too much good stuff out there for me to keep exploring the same thing. So book/movie adaptations don’t have that element of surprise. The mystery is gone because I’ve already read to the end.

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    • Ooh, I actually like World War Z, but I hadn’t read the book, so it was more just judging it move-wise! πŸ˜‚

      That’s definitely true! I think it more confuses me when very unknown books are made into movies, like Nerve, which only got popular BECAUSE a movie was made of it, because those don’t really have a huge fandom to cash in on, and usually rely on big actors to get people to watch. And I think I’d like the same thing! I wanted to do script-writing for TV shows and then went on to scrap it, but it definitely does interest me.

      I agree! I also have no patience with re-reading or re-watching things unless I REALLY love it. Other than that, I like to move on to new things quickly. I think a good book-to-movie adaptation can still keep me hooked even if I do know the ending, like Gone Girl – I read the book, but the adaptation still kept me on the edge of my seat!

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  17. Some books I know are just going to be terrible book adaptions, a movie just can’t carry subtle emotion and poetic feels, at least not movies that are trying too hard to be blockbusters.
    But I have a few favorite film adaptions, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings.
    I’ve not read some of the more popular recent adaptions, Everything, Everything being one example, but I look forward to both reading and watching them.
    My mom had a rule when I was a kid, I couldn’t watch the movie till I read the book. And that rule still sticks with me today.

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    • That’s quite true! I think that’s the main reason it’s hard to like them; reading is more of a personal experience than watching a movie, which probably makes us appreciate the book more!

      I love the Harry Potter movies! I’ve only watched the first Hunger Games movie! Still need to watch the others! πŸ™ˆ I’ve heard great things about LOTR!

      Haha, I love that! I’ve watched some adaptations where I’m not interested in the books, so I just skip out on that and watch the move instead! πŸ˜‚

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  18. I think that more movie book adaptations are great, maybe because I just love movies. I think the reason for them when it comes down to it is money. Book adaptations already have a preset audience so studios feel “safe” that it’ll do well I’m the box office. Don’t mind if the adaptations differ from the books, as long as it’s not too much. I do prefer to read the book before watching though. Watching the movie really ruins my imagination if I read the book after as I’m picturing the movie when I’m reading. Fav book to movie adaptation – The Princess Bride. Great post topic! Thx for sharing!

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