Movie adaptations on books… the best or most cursed words?
It’s a tightrope – and one that so many books fall off. There’s so much hype whenever a movie of a book is announced, and today I’m going to be discussing some of my thoughts on book to movie adaptations! I will also be talking about a couple of the ones I’ve seen/read and what I thought about them.
This is my first discussion post – forgive me if something goes wrong – and I’d be interested to hear what y’all think about book to movie adaptations!! (Let’s count how many times I use this phrase in this post!!)
First things first… there’s always a lot of pressure associated with the movies, I feel. If tiny details (that, let’s be real, we only noticed on our five hundredth reread) are missing, the fandom/viewers tends to blow the mistake up and make it a big deal. It also doesn’t help that most people who watch the movie in the first week of opening are likely to be the ones who are VERY picky about how it’s been done, and are more likely to give it a bad review.
Some movies will also have a fan base from the director or main cast of the movie – and will want to see them doing a particular niche or role in the film. This is where it gets tricky to please everyone – staying true to the characters and plot of the film or sticking to similar roles of cast members.
ADAPTED VS BASED ON
For me these mean two different things – while other people use them interchangeably. If it’s been ‘adapted’, that to me means things should be the same – no major changes to plot lines or character arcs. ‘Based on’ can mean aspects may have significantly changed – like they did from the book to movie in The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (which I talk about later.)
This helps me to know what to expect – if I’m going in thinking it’s similar to the book that I adored I’ll be less critical than if I think I’m getting a play by play of the novel I loved so dearly. Maybe this is just a me thing though??
I’m sure we’ve all seen fan casts for popular books around – and lots of fan art. This can heighten expectations for the cast of the book – especially concerning race. I know there was a Thing last year with commissioned fan art of a character depicted as a different race than the author had written them – and a similar thing can happen with movies. Of course we all hope that it’s a) clear in the book, but also, b) taken into respect when casting.
Casts can also influence ticket sales – if well known actors are cast, the movie is more likely to sell well, since the people coming will broaden to those actors. On the other hand, casting the right person for the role can make a huge difference – popular or not. Casting someone because they’re famous versus casting the right person can be a tricky debate.
The script!! This is a major thing in my opinion, and one a lot of people can get stuck over. Some quotes people obviously want to hear – eg. in the Grishaverse show that is coming (!!!) we know ‘No mourners, no funerals’ is in there – and I’m sure MANY people (myself included) would love to hear quotes such as these. However, there are iconic parts in every book, but sometimes lesser known parts are well loved by specific (groups of) people and if that isn’t included, they may feel ripped off.
To be honest, I think that as long as important quotes aren’t skipped over/forgotten about everything is okay??
Some movies will change major plot lines – keeping the basic premise of the book, but nothing else. This really annoys me since most of the time the whole reason you came to watch is because you wanted to see the book you liked so much as a movie??
As long as the main plot line is there however, I think it’s okay to change minor details – especially for things that may be hard to orchestrate and film. Obviously I wouldn’t like it as much but it would still have the original feel.
BOOK TO MOVIE EXAMPLES
This is the fun part!! I have some adaptations I’ve seen, and what I thought of them 🙂 I have also seen other movies based on books (but haven’t read the books so can’t comment) and books that have movies (but haven’t seen movies) but these were the standout memorable ones!! For good or bad reasons!!
to all the boys i’ve loved before
I feel like this is an iconic one?? I loved the movie SO MUCH more than the book though tbh… I had so many issues with the book (it was DNFed for childish writing, inherently sexist themes, annoying main character – kitty was the only decent one) but the movie was a really sweet romcom!! I recently saw the second one too and would recommend.. I feel like a bad reader saying this but don’t read the books, watch the movies.
the miseducation of cameron post
This was definitely different to the book – the first 50% of the book looked at the backstory behind Cameron and the second half was her at God’s Promise (a conversion therapy boarding school where the MC is sent), but pretty much the whole movie was her experience at the “camp”?? (I can’t bring myself to call it a camp because.. I can’t I’m sorry) I still loved both though, and would recommend a watch – especially with friends!! It’s a great movie to watch with friends!! To buddy read with friends!! (Get through the pain together, is my logic)
Confession time… I watched the movie of this BEFORE I read the book? (And then I watched the movie another two times before finally reading Simon VS) However, I adored both the movie and the book – I think it stayed true to everything the book stood for and I loved the ferris wheel scene!! The fifth and most recent time I saw this my friends and I started cheering and crying halfway through and I love both the movie and book so much!! I also know it means so much to a lot of people – what did you think of the movie?
I threw this one in there for fun!! I’ve never seen them but my friends don’t even call them the Percy Jackson movies… apparently that’s how bad they are. I know it’s getting a TV show though so
I think people are excited for that?!
what did you think of my first discussion? should i do more? (too late there’s another 2 in my drafts your answer better be yes) what are your thoughts on book to movie adaptations? love them? hate them? it depends? let me know!!
also i’m a little wary of posting this because it’s not that chatty and fun like most of my posts are but i’m hoping to get some discussion going in the comments and i’d be interested to see what y’all think!!! i actually had a lot of fun writing this :)) it’s one of my ‘more professional’ posts i think but… while it was fun i think the others are more enjoyable to read. (anyway ignore me down the bottom here)