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?