Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Blog Chain Time: Books and Movies, Oh My...
I'm so excited to let everyone know that my Blog Chain has been reorganized and re-started! These are such a great group of writers, and I am thrilled to be part of this.
This time the topic comes from Michelle who asked the following:
There are so many book-to-movie adaptations out there. Which are your favorites? Which are your least favorites? Why? Do you make sure you've read a book before you go see the movie adaptation, or do you prefer to read it after, or not at all?
Film adaptations - what a great subject. I love books. And I love movies. But, do I love books that have been turned into movies? The short answer...sometimes.
There have been a couple books-to-movies that are brilliant. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for example. These are the exception, however. That is not to say that I dislike books that have been turned into movies. I just view them as completely separate things, each to be enjoyed on its own merits. I don't look for comparisons...if I did, I think I would be forever disappointed as typically I enjoy books better than movies.
I was at a book panel event for teens not too long ago in which one of my fellow authors was talking about her experiences going through the book-to-movie process. She said she is really just the "source material" for the screenplay. Most of the actors don't know that the movie they are making was based on a book, nor have they read the book. I think that is true in many cases. Yes, with things like Twilight and Harry Potter, I know the actors read the books. But with lesser known material, this may not always be the case. And that's fine. These are separate mediums in which to tell a story. Both have there pros and cons.
Back to the original question...I love books. I love movies. I will always few both as unique. And yes, there are movies that have inspired me to read the books and visa-versa. But I really do try to keep the two medium separate in my mind.
For more on this topic, check out Sandra's from yesterday, and Katrina's post tomorrow.