Hey, guys! I know I’ve been pretty absent on the blog (but I’m still hanging out on Twitter!), but today I’ve got a really great guest post. I met Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag a while ago, and she is such a lovely and friendly blogger. You can check out Shooting Stars Mag by clicking here, or her other website, Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance, here. You can also follow her on Twitter.

For now, let’s get on with the post!

Why Book Adaptations Don’t Bother Me

As a book lover, you would probably think that I get nervous or antsy when it comes to book adaptations.


To be honest, there are a select few movies where I read the book first, but regardless, movie adaptations don’t really bother me in general. I’m always saying “they are separate things.” Yes, the movie is based on the book but that doesn’t mean the movie is going to be exactly the same. If you want that, listen to the audiobook! It’s almost the best of both worlds. But for me, I just like seeing how the movie is on its own.
I grew up reading and loving the Harry Potter books, so I was excited for every single movie. I started going to the midnight premieres after a while too. I think the HP movies are actually really well done and they tend to keep a lot of the same aspects of the book. That doesn’t mean I don’t hear complaints though. People don’t like casting, they don’t like that certain characters or moments were taken out (Peeves the Poltergeist, anyone?). And while I might understand or even agree on a certain level, I get that the movies have to condense so much into a film. They can’t include everything or we’d be there for hours and hours. That might sound okay for us book lovers, but the average movie goer would probably hate the HP films if each one was four or so hours long!
I think it’s good to be self-aware and know if you can handle a movie adaptation or not. If you love a book but aren’t sure about the movie, it’s okay not to see it…or wait until later. Of course, the earlier you see a film, the better it will do in theaters and then you might get more movies, if the book is part of a series. That’s something you have to think about though. It doesn’t make you less of a fan to skip the movie, or even hate the movie. But you should still understand that people will like the movie, whether they read the book or not. Changes can suck, I get that, but sometimes they can be good or they just don’t really matter. It’s never going to be the book anyway, right?
However, I’m not always easy-going about all changes. For example, I read and loved My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult and I was excited to see the film. If anyone knows the book and movie, then you know that the ending is drastically changed. I won’t spoil you, but let’s just say that the end of the book kind of makes the book for a lot of people. To have it changed so much really didn’t sit well with me. Was it a good film otherwise? Yes, it was, but I can still be upset by the ending. Overall though, I don’t mind changes. I just want the spirit of the book, when it comes down to it.
What do you think? Do movie adaptations bother you? What’s your favorite?

8 Comments on {Guest Post} Why Movie Adaptations Don’t Bother Me

  1. Aeriko @ The Reading Armchair
    May 25, 2016 at 3:52 am (11 months ago)

    Very interesing post! I’m not bothered by film adaptations neither. I love to find out what the director imagined the world I had created in my mind while reading the same novel. The best adaptation for me would surely be The Princess Bride, it’s so amazing!

  2. Evi @ Adventuring Through Pages
    May 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm (11 months ago)

    I’ve done a post like this before as well! I think it’s a bit harsh how much judgement some people give filmmakers over movie adaptations- it’s got to be SO HARD to adapt something like that! However, ones that are drastically changed, and not for the better (*cough*Percyjacksonandtheolympians*cough*) do bug me a bit. Lovely, lovely post!

  3. Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian
    May 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm (11 months ago)

    I often think that the movie adaptations do a good job at getting the most important aspects of the book out there. And honestly, I’m just happy to see the characters come to life. It’s really rare that a film completely decimates what the book is about (aka Blood and Chocolate). And now more often authors are penning their own screenplays so you’re getting the most accurate version possible
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  4. Nicole @ Reading Books With Coffee
    May 27, 2016 at 12:07 am (11 months ago)

    I feel the same way about movie adaptations, and for the same reasons you mention! I really love seeing how other people see a book I love, and seeing it come to life. Princess Bride is one of my favorite adaptations, and I don’t remember what I thought about the Beautiful Creatures movie, but I do remember liking the book a lot more. I love this post!
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  5. Valerie
    May 28, 2016 at 11:00 pm (11 months ago)

    I think they only bother me if there were MAJOR changes, and also if I read the book in the first place hahaha. I mean yes, I agree that books and movie adaptations are too separate things, but I don’t think it would sit well with me if my favorite book had a horrible adaptation! (Like Inkheart)

    Awesome post Lauren!
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  6. Jee Ann @ The Book Tales
    June 7, 2016 at 9:28 pm (11 months ago)

    When it comes to really popular mainstream books being turned into movies, I usually watch the movie first before deciding whether I should read the book or not. When the movie is exceptionally good or when I feel like there are some things the movie didn’t explain, I’ll give the book a try.
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  7. Sarah
    July 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm (10 months ago)

    My two favorite book to movie adaptations are Anne of Green Gables and How to Train Your Dragon. They’re both super different with Anne of Green Gables having amazing casting and the characters exactly how you envision them and every detail of the plot put in. How to train your dragon, on the other hand, is very different with a completely different plot and just the bare bones of the world building and characters kept. Both are super well done How to Train Your Dragon because they didn’t feel limited by the story and Anne of Green Gables because they also didn’t feel limited by the story and kept all the amazing details in.
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