Hello everyone! I thought this post would be especially appropriate considering all of the book-to-movie adaptations happening lately. As the title suggests, I have quite the troubling relationship with movie adaptations.
A personal rule of mine is that I MUST read the book version of a movie before I see the movie. The book is always better anyway. While I will always stick to my rule, I seem to be constantly disappointed by how books have been portrayed cinematically. Some examples are The Lightning Thief, Beautiful Creatures, and Pretty Little Liars.
I almost want to un-see those movies. While I loved seeing the characters portrayed, the events are all jigsawed and just….crazy. Sometimes I don’t exactly understand why this happens. I mean, production companies should logically take into account the fact that a good portion of their audience are readers of said book-turned-movie. So how to they manage to constantly frack things up?
So, while I love to pieces the fact that movies allow me to see my favorite characters on screen, I also have a natural anxiety towards it now. Even if the trailers look like they portray scenes and events from the book, that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. They could be trying to trick fans of the book into thinking it is on par with it.
People always tell me to think of the book as a separate thing from the movie. I feel like they don’t know what they’re talking about or haven’t tried it themselves, because it is impossible for me! It is natural and instinctive for me to compare movies to their book counterparts. I do understand that they will never completely live up to their books, however.
One of my huge concerns is about the City of Bones movie. Merlin’s Beard, I cannot put into words how much I want this movie to win me over! I have been waiting about five years for it. This has been a kind of sucky year for books-to-movies. The trailer looks to portray exact scenes from the book and I am in love with the cast, but I’ve been fooled before. Fool me once…
At least I can find solace in the fact that this is what I will be seeing most of the time whether I like the movie or not…