This line from Taylor Swift’s Blank Space is pretty appropriate when talking about book to movie adaptations. You have some that are going to become iconic in their own right, and some that make you roll your eyes so hard they might pop out of your face.
Harry Potter, The Shining, Lord of the Rings, Anne of Green Gables, Interview With the Vampire.. all good representations of books turned into movies that will live forever as their own vehicles. Although if I could, I’d write a dissertation on why Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is fan fiction made into a movie, but that’s another post. (Co-sign, 50 Shades of Grey).
But then you have things like The Shadowhunter tv series, Vampire Academy, Love, Rosie; Eragon. These adaptations completely miss the mark and it makes me sad and mad. In the words of Sookie St. James, I’m smad. Things like time constraints, poor script writing, terrible choices in actors all play a role and at the end of the day, there’s a reason why a book and a movie are two different types of consumed media. In a way I wish Hollywood would stop, but I also can’t help but be excited every time I hear some new buzz surrounding an adaptation I’m excited about. See: The Mayfair Witches tv series that’s finally been green lit. Will it be great? Who knows. Will I watch it? Hell yes. Hopefully it will land in the satisfied category.
What are your favorite adaptations, readers? What makes you wish you could get two hours of your life back?