Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Discussion: Books-To-Movies

As always, feel free to skip past my rambling to the discussion questions at the end.

Over the past few years the number of books being turned into movies seems to have drastically increased (I blame Twilight!), or maybe I'm just noticing it more now because it's more of the books that I happen to read that are being turned into movies.

I've seen some good adaptions and some bad ones and I think they tend to fall into four catagories:

  • Movies that stay relatively true to the books original story and it works, the movie is good.
  • Movies that stay true to the books but it doesn't work and the movie is bad.
  • Movies that are only loosely inspired by the books, they change things but the movie is good in it's own right.
  • Same as above only the movie is just bad.
When I watch a movie based on a book I've read, I try to judge them seperately because they're entirely different mediums - movies can't include everything from books so they condense thing and change things and add things to make them have more of an impact... a lot of people, I've noticed, tend to hate book to movie adaptions if they change things from the book but that's because they watched it expecting to see the movie version of the book as opposed to the movie inspired by the book.

Of course, there has also been an increase in the books being turned into TV shows too (True Blood, Vampire Diaries).

Discussion questions:

1. Books to movies/TV shows, yay or nay?

2. Do you prefer the movies to stay true to the books or would you rather they make the best possible movie they can using ideas from the book?

3. What are your favourite and least favourite movies based on books?

4. Out of all the books that are now possibly being turned into movies (Fallen, Shiver, Paper Towns, City of Bones, The Host, The Hunger Games etc.) which are you most looking forward to?

5. Are there any books you would not want to see turned into movies?

Later.

9 comments:

  1. 1. Definitely yay.

    2. I like when they stay true to the book, but they've also got their own little quirks and spin. I wouldn't everything to be the exact same. I think it's got to have a lot of the book and a lot of new, unique things to set it apart.

    3. Favorite is definitely Blood & Chocolate. I hated the book, but I loved the movie. Least favorite is Twilight. As much as I love the series, they did not do a good job with that movie at all. But New Moon was fantastic. Something went right with that one.

    4. SHIVER. Most definitely. I think that one will be incredible. And The Forest Of Hands And Teeth. There are so many things you can do with zombies on screen that you can't in literature.

    5. Sure, there are a few books that I love that I think Hollywood would destroy. Perfect Chemistry, Jessica's Guide To Dating On The Dark Side, As You Wish, and there are tons more.

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  2. Definitely looking forward to CITY OF BONES. And HUNGER GAMES of course. Those are the two that I'm most excited about. :)

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  3. 1.) When I really like a book or a series and it stops (for example Twilight)I want to have more to do with that book/series-so I love when movies/tv shows are made to fulfill that.

    2.) I think they should do whatever makes the best movie even if it means going away from the plot line a little bit. Because who wants to have a bad movie tied to one of their favorite books?

    3.)Most favorite: harry potter or twilight
    Least Favorite: I don't know

    4.)The Hunger Games!

    5.)You know what? I don't really think so.

    Great post!

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  4. @KatieDoll - I loved Blood & Chocolate too, but I loved the book as well... I thought the movie and book were both great. & I concur with the Twilight thing, that was a fail - I hated the directing and some of the casting (read: Kristen) but New Moon was an improvement, one of my two biggest problems with it was solved.

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  5. 1. Yay all the way! I love visually seeing my favorite book characters in a movie or TV show... When done well. It's the eyecandy really, LOL.

    2. I like movies to stay true to the essence of the book at least, I guess. As long as they don't go ruining the whole point of the book, I'm a pretty happy movie watcher. So yeah, stay true when possible but also go all out and try to make the best movie possible from the ideas.

    3. One of my favorite movies loosely inspired rather than based on the book is Tuck Everlasting. I like that they at least got the meaning of the book across concerning the issue immortality. Plus it was very pretty, LOL. I can't think of a least favorite movie based on a book, I usually like most of them. One movie comes to mind but I didn't even read the book so... The Seeker? I did not get the point of the movie at all. Very confusing.

    4. I'm really looking forward to Shiver. I'm wondering how they'll portray it and create the wonderful atmosphere present in the book.

    5. Well... While I think visually and emotionally there are some books that would be difficult to make into a movie, I'm open to whatever Hollywood can creatively come up with.

    Wonderful post idea! :D

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  6. 1. Yay
    2. I like it when they stay true to the book, because even if the movie is better a different way, I get annoyed when they change things. It is different if they just add random things though, but when they CHANGE things, that is when I have a problem with it.
    3. Favorites.. I thought the time travelers wife was an okay adaption. Really I'm a bigger fan of books than their movies.
    4. Paper towns :]
    5. Not quite sure about this one, I like it when books become movies whether they are good or not, just because I like to see what they people make of the writing, or how they show it. Plus, the movies are like a way of reconnecting with the story. If you read the story 2 years ago and the movies coming out, you can remember all the things you loved about the book.

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  7. I like books to movies. The best for me had to be the first Harry Potter. It made me give the books a chance. The worst is sad for me to say b/c I really liked the cast, but Nick & Norah was NOWHERE near as good as the book.

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  8. 1. Books to movies/TV shows, yay or nay?

    I always fear that the movie people will ruin the book but I can't help but feel excited when I hear a fav book of mine is being turned into a movie. As for shows well I've only seen the two you've mentioned - True Blood and Vampire Diaries and I have read neither of the book series. Those two shows however are on my favourites list though :).

    Oh and also Legend of the Seeker but I also have not read this series. I thought season 1 was really good but have not watched season 2.

    2. Do you prefer the movies to stay true to the books or would you rather they make the best possible movie they can using ideas from the book?

    I've learned to try and not expect the movie to be exactly like the book because wanting that always leads to disappointment so I would rather the movie try its best to be a good movie and not a scene by scene copy of the book.

    3. What are your favourite and least favourite movies based on books?

    My least favs would be Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix, Twilight (but I didn't like the book either), The Dark is Rising and Eragon (I haven't read the books but the movies were just bad)

    Favs - Lord of the Rings Trilogy (the books were overly detailed and bored me but the movies were great), Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (haven't read the book but the movie was good), The Illusionist, The Prestige, V for Vendetta, Stardust etc (haven't read any of these books but the movies were fantastic)

    4. Out of all the books that are now possibly being turned into movies (Fallen, Shiver, Paper Towns, City of Bones, The Host, The Hunger Games etc.) which are you most looking forward to?

    I am most looking forward to The Wicked Lovely, Shiver and The Uglies Series. I haven't read any of the other books yet but they are on my TBR so I am looking forward to them too ^_^.

    5. Are there any books you would not want to see turned into movies?

    Hmm I'm not sure, I'm pretty much up for anything being turned into a movie EXCEPT Breaking Dawn because I've heard bad bad things, I've been warned from even reading the book lol. Oh and Dirty Little Angels, its a good book but its not a type of movie I would watch.

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  9. @Sandy, Wicked Lovely is being made into a movie? I didn't know that. I don't actually really like the book but I think as a movie the story could work. :]

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