What’s your opinion on book-to-movie adaptations?
While I can’t speak for all writers, I think there’s always that little spark of hope and wonder marveling at the possibility of seeing his/her/their written work up on the big screen one day. A writing tip that I’ve seen floating around suggests that writers “cast” actors as their characters, to get a solid image of a person in their mind as they write. Imagine if that actor was actually playing your character in a movie of their story, the script carefully scrutinized by you, the author, to be sure it was as close to the novel as possible.
Of course, there are those who believe the book always prevails over the movie, but we’re always just as excited to see the movies. Look at the Harry Potter franchise. It’s a delight to watch whenever they’re playing despite us readers who know that it was really Ron who said, “If you kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us too,” in Prisoner of Azkaban rather than Hermione in the movie.
Then there’s the Percy Jackson fandom… While I’ve never read the books nor seen the movies, I’ve heard quite a bit from my Tumblr lurking that the movies weren’t quite that faithful to the books.
For the most part, though, I love seeing fantasy worlds open up on the big screen, like The Lord of the Rings franchise. If you’ll allow me to gush once more about The Night Circus, I would be ecstatic to see all of that magic come to life.
What are your favorite book-to-movie adaptions? Any you would like to see in the future?