Every year the movie industry is always brimming with the latest concoction of Hollywood and among the long list of titles, we will surely see something that stems its origins from novels. I am honestly one of those readers that tend to jump into the wagon once a book is about to become “A Major Motion Picture”. Recently I read City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (the review of the book will be coming out, eventually) all because of the film adaptation. It is nice to see the effect of movie adaptations towards people, enticing them to read the novel before going to see the movie, and for me as an aspiring novelist I would be totally lying if I didn’t want my novel to be translated into the silver screen and have the same effect.
a) Faithful Adaptation
The biggest thing for some bibliophiles are looking for in an adaptation is the faithfulness of the screenplay to the book/s. Most are incredibly meticulous in the details of the original story and how it was projected into the movie that they would go out on a limb just to nitpick those details out of the film. So when a film captures the book perfectly be prepared for greatness.
Here are a few personal adaptations that I think is faithful:
1) The Help
2) Memoirs of a Geisha
3) The Harry Potter Film Franchise
b) What The Hell? Adaptation
This kind of adaptation is the nightmare of all book lovers out there. These are films that either screwed the whole premise or the quality of the film wasn’t up to par with expectations of the movie goers.
1) The Lightning Thief
2) Beautiful Creatures
Personally, I feel disappointed with the adaptations involving the Young Adult or YA novels. The main reason I think is that movie makers almost always change something major, that is essential in the plot of the novel, for whatever reason and that usually pisses me off as a fan of the novel. I know that you can’t breakdown the whole book into a one and a half to two hour movie experience but why change scenes that are completely different from the novel?
c) Wild Card Adaptation
Have you guys ever had an experience wherein you saw a movie adaptation of your favorite book and the whole movie changed almost everything about the story while leaving just a few bits and pieces yet oddly enough you found yourself enjoying the whole film?
You read a book that, in your opinion, sucked as hell however it was adapted into a really well-made movie, in which you suddenly liked the movie more than the book?
I did experience those scenarios with the following movies:
1) Confessions of A Shopaholic (Scenario A)
2) The Devil Wears Prada (Scenario B)