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

BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATIONS

“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.

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Based on:

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STARDUST

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Based on:

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THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Based on:

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HARRY POTTER..JUST ALL OF THEM

Based on:

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.

Loony’s Musings: Watching the TFIOS Movie (!!!!)

Thanks to Bookworld Australia, I got the chance to attend an advance screening of The Fault in Our Stars. I even got to bring two other minions – my mum and my sister.

Okay. Okay. Just…let me get my thoughts in order. This is more difficult than it sounds, because right now my feels are exploding everywhere and writing a coherent sentence is quite a task.

So yeah. I loved the TFIOS movie. And below you’ll find my extremely biased review of why it’s awesome (no spoilers, promise). As well as lots of GIFs.

First, though (before I get to the GIFs), a video. Okay, so let me paint you a word picture: the cinema lights went down, and at once everyone was quiet. Then John Green’s face came up on the screen – you will not even believe the fangirling. There was screaming and squealing and laughing. I came with my sister and my mum, who had no idea why everyone was freaking out so much.

So anyway, below is the video that we watched before the movie started.

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So. Much. Fangirling. That’s what I took from this movie. Again to use the example of my sister and my mum, bless their souls, they were completely unprepared. We (the fangirls) laughed at everything – things that probably wouldn’t seem funny unless the book was important to you. We awwwed. We ooohed. We cried.

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That’s basically my summary of how passionate everyone was. I’ve never even been to a midnight premiere let alone a PRE-screening, so that part was definitely a highlight.

Also at the screening were Joy from Thoughts by J and Jaz from Fiction in Fiction in Fiction. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to meet up with them, but we were in the same room! Which is pretty cool.

Onto the movie. Obviously I’m not going to spoil anything, but a few things:

1) It was not nearly as cringe-y as the trailer made it out to be. You might not even have thought that the trailer was cringe-y – even better! But I did. Some of Augustus’ lines in the trailer were just so unrealistic. But I swear he does not come across like that in the movie.

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2) It was very faithful to the book. Not faithful in the sense that it followed the book from start to finish – that’s unrealistic and wouldn’t translate well on-screen. But it did keep the integrity of the book, and the tone, and the wittiness, and the themes that I was really worried would be coated in sentimentality and cheap ploys to make the audience cry.

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3) Ansel and Shailene are fantastic actors. As soon as Ansel appeared (lots of squealing at that), their chemistry was evident. I almost forgot they’d been brother and sister in another movie. I was a bit doubtful about Ansel but he did really, really well.

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4) Supporting characters really made the movie. Here I’m talking about Patrick (hilarious), Mr and Mrs Lancaster (so supportive), Isaac (hilarious), Van Houten (lots of depth) and Lidewij.

5) The music. Not to go into details but…I got chills, guys.

These gifs probably aren’t even making sense now.

But hopefully you can surmise that I loved it. I am so, so grateful that I got a chance to see this movie in a roomful of TFIOS fans, and it’s an experience I hope I can have again someday.

This was my entry to the competition, if you were wondering:

tfios bookworld entry

 

So are you going to go see the movie? Not going to? I’d love to know your thoughts!

The Fault in Our Stars Trailer: My Reaction, Minions and GIFs

Stoked Lately I’ve used a lot of animated GIFs to express my thoughts. I’m going to continue the trend with minions, who seem to be a lot like me in that a) they’re amused by small things, b) they are ridiculously attractive and c) they are always EXCITED.

And I am EXCITED about the TFIOS trailer. And I am a mess. And I will not survive this movie without approximately 453453 buckets to put my tears in.

If you haven’t done so already (HOW?), you can watch it here:

Things that are awesome about the trailer:

1) Hazel is wearing her cannula the whole time (diversity FTW)

2) They are ADORABLE. (“The beautiful couple is beautiful”)

3) We got to see the Lonely, Vaguely Paedophilic Swing Set

4) We got to see Isaac for a little bit, and the awesome car-bombing scene

5) I recognised HEAPS of quotes from the book

A little bit of a disappointment:

1) I recognised HEAPS of quotes from the book

And yes, you did just read that again. I mean, I love the quotes. I just feel like some of them don’t work as speech??? Like they sound awkward or something???? But it might just be like that because there’s no context. I will reserve my judgement for the actual movie.

But yeah, um. I loved it. I teared up when Hazel says she’s a grenade, because the music stops and it’s this awful heart-wrenching moment, and for some reason it makes you think about your own family, and your own imperfect world, and how there is so much fault in our stars that sometimes it’s difficult to breathe…even for people without a cannula.

The beauty of The Fault in Our Stars is that everyone who values it does so in a different way. I can’t say why I love it so much – it’s just one of those things. I can review books I hate, and books where I can point out good writing, but books like Harry Potter and The Fault in Our Stars? Impossible. I just hope the movie will be the same.

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So here are my final reactions, in GIF form:

What about you guys? Did you like the trailer? Hate it? Share your thoughts below!