Friday, August 3, 2012

Every book does not need to be made into a movie.

Is it just me, or does it seem like every well-known book is being adapted into a movie? A lot of times when I talk about about a book I have read or want to read, the response I get is:
"Have you watched the movie version?" or "Did you know they're making it into a movie?"
To this, I have two reactions. Either I'm a) happy because I think it will be interesting to see how the plot will be adapted onto the screen OR b) confused and frustrated because people don't get that some books should be left alone.

Popular books have an already existing fan base which means higher potential profits and viewings etc, I get that. And yes, a lot of the time, the movie actually encourages people to read the book. But a bad movie adaptation can easily ruin the book. 

Movies and books are two separate things and we shouldn't be merging them together all the time. I'm not saying we should stop turning books into movies; some books are great as movies but others are better left untouched. There are certain stories which can't be captured on film as well as they're written on paper. Books are mysterious and obscure, which makes them more personal. Because how you understand or imagine the story is all up to you, so everyone who reads that book has a different experience with it.
What do you think about books being made into movies? I admit that movies like A Walk To Remember (based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks) are great, so I'm not completely biased in my opinion :P
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If you were wondering where I disappeared to, I was on a family holiday. I haven't been doing much since I came back home over a week ago. Even though there is so much stuff I need to/want to do. And one of them is catch up on your blogs, I'm always falling behind :/

58 comments:

  1. Your view on this was so interesting, you should write a book and get it made into a movie!

    I know the kind of attitude.. Some ideas are better on screen, others are not. Great post :)

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    1. Hahaha, but doesn't that contradict what I'm saying in this post? That I don't want all books to be made into movies? :P

      Yupp, glad you liked it :)

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  2. I think that sometimes it can do a lot of good. I really got in to Harry Potter after watching one of the movies, and now I prefer the books to the movies, and haven't seen a movie since the fourth one. The real problem is when a film shits all over the source material. Books can make good movies, but there are some that may be better being left alone, and plenty more where a better job could have, and should have, been done.

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    1. Yeah, specially Harry Potter because LOTS of people read it after the movie(s).
      Yess exactly my point!

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  3. I'm the person who won't pick up a book everyone is talking about since a great movie is being made. Haha, so I haven't read the Memoirs of a Geisha, yet. What icks me the most is how people think they don't need to read the book when the movie is obviously a short short version of the book. As in, Harry Potter "fans" who never read a book.

    But then, a movie can just help you realise how crappppy a book is, as in the Twilight series.

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    1. Hahaha. Well, when I heard The Perks of Being A Wallflower is being made into a movie, I promised I would read the book before even watching the trailer :P
      Yes! Omg I get so annoyed when people who haven't even read the HP books talk as if they know everything about it. That's why I'll never call myself a fan.

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  4. I've seen that picture and it does make me feel guilty. It makes me feel guilty for SLEEPING, for God's sake. But it sure get's me going :)

    I guess I feel the same way. Ionno... some books make great movies, some don't, but I will forever be attached to books. Books on paper, where you can turn pages and slide in bookmarks ^^ What irks me is the stupid generation that's coming up. How do I explain? Right. My little sisters, on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

    "UGHHH! The book is so stupid, it doesn't even follow the movie."

    -_-' Yeah. I put 'em in their place.

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    1. Yes, it's pretty motivating :)

      Oh gosh O.O
      Well, i'm glad you did :P

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  5. I do think that the essence of a lot of stories is lost when it is made in a movie. The requirements for a motion picture is different than that of a text. So definitely there are going to be variations between what we read and what we see in a movie. The most disappointing is when some important events from the actual story are changed and unnecessary drama is added.
    But I have accepted the difference which is due to the media chosen to portray a story.

    It's not always fun to race against time. Sometimes it's better to lay back and relax. Nothing wrong with it. But if you are tired of a break then start working.

    Take care! :)

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    1. I sometimes find it hard to accept :P
      I have SO much time that I don't need to race against it! haha, but I get what you mean :)

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  6. I get the same response 'why don't you just watch the movie?' Which is really annoying at times.. And i hardly like those movies well on the other hand absolutely love them! But when they cut out important parts it just ruins the concept. I rather read the book instead of watch the movie based on it.
    :)

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    1. Yes, I hate it when important stuff is cut off in the movie :/
      Me too :D

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  7. That's so true. Some movies we look forward to, but sometimes they ruin the whole experience. For instance, I love PS I Love You! The movie was also ...well..done nice! But they missed out so much and I loved the book so much more.. Books have a personal touch to it. Sometimes I feel the movie-world is just plain running out of ideas :P

    Welcome back from your vacation :)

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    1. Yes, P.S I Love You is a good example!
      I loved the book and when I saw the movie, I like it too (like on it's own) but the book was so much better. Also it made me cry :P

      Thanks :)

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  8. As much as I'm against books being turned into movies, they a beyond amah-zing opportunity for the writer.
    It's an honour to have a script written out of one's book :)

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    1. Yes, that's true. I think pretty much all writer's will be happy to get movie offers!

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  9. Yup totally agreed.
    I guess it's all about the screen play in the end, and how close it stays true to the book?
    I feel like the movie scripts should also be either partially written, fully written or at least approved of the author themselves...

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    1. Yes, I feel that way too! At least approval from the author because it is THEIR book which is being adapted.

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  10. I think most films from books work quite well but the books will always be superior

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  11. i'm with you not all books should become movies because in my opinion books are better i also don't like that every movie eventually has a remake to a sequel sometimes it's better to leave a movie and use your imagination on what happens next

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    1. I think most people who read think books are better :P
      Oh yes, I didn't think of that!

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  12. I always prefer the book to the film. I particularly liked the pics you posted *hehe* they're good :P

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  13. I agree. As the saying goes, "Don't judge a book by its movie adaptation"... =)

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  14. It works sometimes, but a word can also say more than a thousand pictures.


    /Avy

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  15. hey thanks for your sweet comment on my post..:)

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  16. So,so right about it. I`m reading Angels and Demons these days,and it`s totally awesome. I suggested a friend to read it but then he coolly went 'Oh,sure,I`ll watch the movie' -.- Books over their movie adaptation any day for me!

    Great post :)

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    1. Hate it when people say that -.-
      Thanks :)

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  17. I agree. not all books should be turned into a movie... I really liked the little prince but the movie, for me, was a disaster. And it wasn't because it was made during the 70s.. It's because the beauty of the book does not lie in the plot or the story, it's in the words of wisdom that came from the little prince. I think that kind of thing can't be translated well enough into a movie version..

    A Hint of Sunlight

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    1. Hmm, I haven't read/watched The Little Prince so I can't compare, but I know exactly what you mean!

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  18. Yup, completely understand your frustration. But it's inevitable. As soon as some book starts making higher profits and millions of sold copies, it's gonna be made into a movie too. Sometimes, not too often as I would wish, books adapted to movies are fucking awesome! Like Fight Club for example. Love it!

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    1. Yeah, seems like every popular book is being adapted.
      But yeah some movie adaptions are awesome. Haven't watched Fight Club but for example, I can never get myself to read Nicholas Sparks' novels because of his style, but I LOVE the movies!

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    2. And oh my gosh, thank you for reading older posts on this blog, you're awesome!

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  19. Well I was probably going to write an ambivalent comment like "books strike deathly blows to your imagination BUT..." but I guess the people above me have it covered. So, all I can say is, nice blog :-)

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  20. I've always felt that movies dont do justice to the novel they are copying. Great insight on what you think! Follow back if you like makeup and skin care! xoxo

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    2. Hey, thanks!
      I'll check out your blog soon :)

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  21. Heyy.
    The one who leaves me breathless lied to me and cheated on me.
    That's why I was really, really sad these last few months and now I'm moving on.

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  22. And that's why I rarely see movies based on books. I'd rather just read the book itself.

    Though that isn't going to stop them from making them, people love that money.

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  23. I loved the quote thing you put up:) It's so true. Do you think watching Mean Girls counts as an effective use of my time?

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    1. I love it too!
      Hahaha, watching Mean Girls is a VERY effective use of time :D

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  24. Personally I think, watching the movie before reading that book, stabs your imagination. I love reading and creating my own movie, because most of the times, book based movies leave me with disappointment.

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  25. Great post! I could not agree more, I mean it's not that books don't work well as movies, because some times they do. It's just it's so much more exciting and unique to have that book in your head, often it's never going to be as good as you imagined anyway

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  26. Book based movie can be a great disapointing at times.. I love to create my own movie while reading...


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  27. Considering the most obvious example, the potter series, I have always hated the movies, well not all of them. Same goes for dan brown. But then again, talking about lotr and the prestige, so not in all cases, the book being a movie, is not a bad idea.

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  28. Hey! Welcome back from your family vacation. I hope you had lots of fun. Anyways, I understand what you mean about books being made into movies. Granted, some books are better left alone, but I still enjoy watching the movie versions. :)

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    1. Yeah I did :)
      Oooh the giveaway sounds cool!

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