"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---