Do you get excited for the Film Adaptations of your favorite books?
Did you think that The Giver movie was maybe a little too "Hollywood" for your liking?
Whether we like that our favorite books are turned into movies, they tend to do well. Otherwise, why would Hollywood keep taking the hottest books for source material. I personally don't mind when a great book gets made into a film. It's not like they made the movie and therefore the book is suddenly no longer available. Just because the story has been interpreted in a new medium doesn't negate the original source material. If you hate the film then just don't pay attention to it anymore, just reread the original book that made you fall in love with the characters and story in the first place.
I think that as long as we don't expect the film adaptation to be 100% like the original book story then we won't be as disappointed. We have to acknowledge that a 2-hour movie cannot include everything from our favorite 500-page novel. And we also have to know that some of the more subtle story points cannot be interpreted well onto the screen. But that's alright, because a good story is always a good story. Even a bad film interpretation can't take that away.
(And let's not forget the great movies that we got out of some of our favorite books: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games)
I also often hear conversations about how Hollywood is becoming lazy with the fact that most of it's movies are based on books and comics and remakes of older classic films. However, there are a lot of old movies that were based on books, we just didn't know it:
Mrs. Doubtfire was based on Anne Fine's .
Forrest Gump was based on Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
Die Hard is based on the 1979 book Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp
Cruel Intentions was based on Les Liaisons dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos (published in 1782)
Goodfellas was based on the 1986 novel Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi
Stand by Me based on The Body by Stephen King
Blade Runner came from Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Starship Troopers was based on the 1959 book Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
was based on W.P. Kinsella.
Shawshank Redemption was based on Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
Do you like the movie adaptations of your favorite books?