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Here's a question for today:
Movie Adaptations: Love them or hate them?
So I'm not just talking about Book-to-Movie, I'm encompassing them all: Cartoon-to-Movie, TV Show-to-Movie, Play or Musical-to-Movie. But I think as book lovers, movie adaptations are an especially touchy subject for us. Especially YA readers, because after Twilight and Hunger Games and Harry Potter, turning YA/kids books into movies seems to be THE THING TO DO in Hollywood.
As for me...I don't love them or hate them; but I always go into them with a mixed bag of emotions, mostly excitement with nearly equal parts absolute dread. And the closer the book is to my own heart, the more extensive the level of dread. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see some of my favorite stories brought to shining life on the big screen. But as strong as that desire is, the worry is even stronger. Will they do it justice? Will they change important plot lines? Will the chosen actors completely annihilate my own vision of my favorite characters? Will it just plain suck?
Here's some adaptations that I've loved:
- Now is Good (adapted from Before I Die by Jenny Downham)
- How to Train Your Dragon --- LOVE these movies :)
- Harry Potter
- Hunger Games
- Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Maleficent (I wouldn't say I loved it, but I liked it a lot and I like how they twisted the original story)
And some that I didn't:
- Most of the Twilight movies---I actually really liked Breaking Dawn pt 2 :)
- Beautiful Creatures (far too many changes made and cheesy acting)
A few forthcoming that I'm really excited about:
- Mockingjay (They've done such a fantastic job of these so far)
- Fallen (Excited but also a bit worried)
- Maze Runner
- Into the Woods (adapted from the musical,...can't WAIT)
- The Giver
And lastly, here's a few adaptations that I'd love to see done (done well, that is)
These would be stunning on-screen. Though I think I would worry myself sick that it wouldn't be done justice.
This book is so chock-full of cool steampunk imagery, I would love to see this world come to life.
Sisters Red would make an awesome movie with all the fenris butt-kicking that goes on.
It would be a bit gruesome with the plague scenes, but awesome with ghostly photography.
What do you like? Love adaptation movies or hate them? Fear them, maybe? Any coming out soon that your especially excited for? Any you've really loved that I need to check out?