Teens Can Write Too Blog Chain: book-to-movie adaptations

Today I’m joining in with the blog chain hosted by John Hansen from Teens Can Write Too (which is an awesome blog and you should check it out).

This month we’re discussing


“What are your thoughts on book-to-movie adaptions? Would you one day want your book made into a movie, or probably not?”

This is quite topical, since The Fault in Our Stars is out AS WE SPEAK (side note: sucked in USA, Australia got it before you). I saw TFIOS at the beginning of May, because I’m a lucky duck. You can see my thoughts here.

Also, back in ye olde February of 2013, I posted about my thoughts on hearing that it was GOING to be turned into a movie. You can read about that here. (weirdly enough, some of my predictions ended up being true)

Back to adaptations themselves. Let’s not turn this into a post about TFIOS (much as that would be awesome). Here are some gifs from my favourite adaptations.


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allllll harry potter books

I love book-to-movie adaptations. Reading is all well and good, I love it, but having that extra dimension, being able to SEE the characters, is an amazing experience. And when it’s done right, it makes the book seem that much more real.

For all of the adaptations I’ve listed above, they don’t follow the book/s to the letter. They change things, add things, remove things that don’t work well in a visual context (or in a two-hour time frame). But they keep the things that are essential to the integrity of the story. Stardust is a bit of a strange example, because it’s VERY different to the book (and I didn’t like the book much). So that one’s kind of an exception to the rule. But the others are both extensions of books that I love as well as art forms in their own right.

Would I ever want my books to feature on the big screen? Well, that depends. It wouldn’t be a decision I’d make lightly – I’ve heard the horror stories. Goodness, I’ve WATCHED the horror stories, the ones that had such potential and then turned out…well, awful (AHEM Eragon). But I think it would also be an amazing experience if it was done right. Seeing my actual characters come to life? Now that would be cool.

What are some of your favourite book-to-movie adaptations? Writers, would you ever want your books to become movies?

And these are the links of the other lovely people participating in the blog chain!

5th – http://nasrielsfanfics.wordpress.com/

6th – https://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/ (That’s me!)

7th – http://sammitalk.wordpress.com/

8th – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/

9th – http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/

10th – http://maralaurey.wordpress.com/

11th – http://charleyrobson.blogspot.com/

12th – http://taratherese.wordpress.com/

13th – http://theweirdystation.blogspot.com/

14th – http://fairyskeletons.blogspot.com/

15th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/

16th – http://novelexemplar.wordpress.com/

17th – http://magicandwriting.wordpress.com/

18th – http://mirrormadeofwords.com/

19th – http://www.brookeharrison.com/

20th – http://miriamjoywrites.com/

21st – http://eighthundredninety.blogspot.com/

22nd – http://unikkelyfe.wordpress.com/

23rd – http://aaronandtamarabooks.blogspot.com/

24th – http://www.butterfliesoftheimagination.weebly.com/

25th – http://erinkenobi2893.wordpress.com/

26th – http://turtlesinmysoup.blogspot.com/

27th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/

28th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ – The topic for July’s blog chain will be announced.

17 thoughts on “Teens Can Write Too Blog Chain: book-to-movie adaptations

  1. I think I write my series with the express thought that I’d one day like it to be a movie. Who knows how far in the future that it will be for me to even commit to finishing the books. But I don’t plan on going past 4. That should wrap it up neatly.

  2. I think the key phrase in book-to-movie adaptations is “BASED ON”. I feel like a lot of people forget about that and judge the movies sooo harshly. >.< But, gosh, there are a tony of dodgy ones out there. Eragon is probably top of the list. *extreme headdesk* And also Percy Jackson sucked to major extremes. But Perks! Perks and Catching Fire and A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter are all AMAZING. x) I can't wait to see TFIOS. I'll probably wait until school holidays…so another 2 weeks? Dyyyying here.

    • Exactly! There are actually people quibbling over tiny pieces in TFIOS and I’m just like ughhhhhh it’s an ADAPTATION, guys!! Oh, there are so many bad ones, though. Not just bad adaptations but bad movies full stop. I should have put Hunger Games on there actually (well, Catching Fire…Hunger Games wasn’t great). TWO WEEKS. I can’t wait until you see it so I can hear what you think 😀

  3. I’m really excited for tfios, so I’m glad a lot of people have been liking it. For me, I really loved Catching Fire and thought it was done really well in comparison to the book, but also as a movie. And I don’t think I would ever want my books to become movies! I wouldn’t want them to be messed up and then take the credit away from me as well, as has happened before.

  4. I have trouble picturing characters a lot of the time. I agree that movies really make such characters “come alive”. If it was done well for my own stories, it would be a truly magical experience!

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  6. Stardust. Yes. I guess it’s one that one ought to read book first then movie. I love the movie, and that set me up with high expectations for the book – so it was bound to let me down. I mean, it wasn’t that bad, but compared to the movie… 🙂

  7. Yesss! I totally agree. My favorite thing about adaptions is, like you said, when they become art in their own right. Even if they aren’t completely like the book, the best adaptions tend to change a lot in a positive way such that the movie stands on its own, while still staying true to the overall story. When adaptions really fail, in my mind, is when they try so hard to make the movie just be the book–except on screen–even when the book doesn’t work as a film just as it is. That’s what I was afraid would happen with TFiOS (although I was pleasantly surprised with that adaption) and am currently 99% certain will happen with Paper Towns. Because as is, I just don’t think PT will work as a movie, and I have a feeling John Green will be too afraid of changing stuff and upsetting readers that the movie just won’t work.

    • Exactly! There are always fans who aren’t going to be impressed by the movie, but they can’t please anyone, and some things that work well in print don’t on the big screen. I agree with you about Paper Towns – so much of its magic is in how it’s written rather than the story. Same with Looking for Alaska, which I definitely don’t think should be made into a movie. But we’ll see… 🙂

  8. Good post! I think I agree with you. As long as they focus on making a good movie, they can do what they want with the book. There will always be a little annoyance about missing aspects, but it can be set aside for a good movie.

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