I joined the book discussion challenge to encourage myself to post some more discussion type posts – That and I’m nosy…
Books are adapted into movies and TV shows all the time what are your thoughts on it? I’ve posted some ideas below but any thoughts are welcome. I will warn that the rest of this post and the comments may contain spoilers from books/movies.
- Does seeing your favourite characters on the big/small screen excite you, or does it disappoint you that the person on-screen isn’t the same as you pictured in your head?
- We all know that it’s not possible to include every scene from a novel in a movie and have a regular running time, everyone probably has a list of scenes they wished had stayed in the movie but what is the one missing scene that bothers you the most? – Or is there a key scene that was changed in the movie
- Some adaptations are more inspired by a novel or book series rather than direct adaptations – How do you feel about this and is there anything in particular that surprised you about any changes they made?
- Are there any adaptations due this year that you’re looking forward to? Any that particularly impressed you, or is there a book/series that you would love to see adapted?
Generally I enjoy seeing my favourite characters on screen, and I don’t mind too much if the character looks different to how I pictured them. Everyone’s perspective of the characters will differ so producers don’t really stand a chance in managing to meet everyone’s expectation.
I grew up with Harry Potter, literally, I was 10 when the first book was released and 20 when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released. Whenever a book was released I would sit reading constantly until I’d finished making sure no one could spoil it for me. I was 14 when the first film was released so I already knew, and accepted that not everything from the books would make it to the big screen, I would have loved to see the deathday party featured in The Chamber of Secrets but I understand that it wasn’t critical to the plot. I was disappointed that they moved Snape’s death from the Shrieking Shack to the boat house, I understand that moving the scene probably made it easier to be visually striking, but that was one of the scenes I connected with most in the whole series so I was upset that it was changed.
I really enjoy the TV show Bones, I watched the show before I’d read any of the books by Kathy Reichs. The Tempe Brennan of the books is a divorced, recovering alcoholic with a college age daughter who splits her time between North Carolina and Quebec, and there is no Agent Booth, instead Brennan is often partnered with Detective Ryan. I do still enjoy both, but I don’t really see the TV show as an adaptation of the books, in my mind they’re two separate things.
I’m really looking forward to the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. I read the book as part of my English AS Level so I’m looking forward to see how it translates to the screen.
Let me know your thoughts below!