Image used under Creative Commons - Original belongs to SaladyThis isn't so much a 'Think About It' post, as it is a rant, but anyway.
Today I want to talk about books being turned into movies or television shows. Recently, The Twilight Saga, The Vampire Diaries, Dear John, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as well as numerous other books or book series have been adapted for film or television. I've found that a lot of the time, the movies or shows pale in comparison to books. Sometimes they veer so far from the book that I can't even stand the movie or show.
I absolutely hated The Da Vinci Code because I read the book. I've heard other people thought it was a brilliant movie, but they never read the book. I personally believe that Twilight was a horrendous movie and I saw Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief over the past weekend and it was so far from the book that I couldn't really enjoy it. The people I went with had never read the book and they really enjoyed the movie, but the entire time I was watching it, I just kept thinking, this isn't right, that's not what happened, and they left that out. I'll have both a book review and a movie review thingy later on, but I can't help but think that sometimes books should just be left as books.
It's awesome to see some of your favorite literary characters brought to life, but only if it is done well. That, or you're able to completely separate the two and not be upset when things change. I'm able to do this with Harry Potter and I did really enjoy New Moon, but with other book to movie adaptations, I have more trouble.
So, to conclude my little (long) rant here: I think that if books are being turned into movies or shows, that the integrity of the story must be maintained. I'm not saying hair color or eye color can't be changed, but the important things and the major happenings need to translate. One thing about Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief that really bugged me, was that the Oracle wasn't present at all. There were tons of little things that got on my nerves, but there was no Oracle and the prophecy isn't discussed at all. Those are such major things, not only in the first book, but in the entire series, and it's completely cut out.
Let's hear those opinions!
Books to movies or tv shows?? Should it be done? I think the author should be able to step in a bit to help maintain the integrity of his/her art, but it rarely occurs. Do you think Hollywood should be more accommodating to the writers? Or is it always just going to be the whole 'we payed you and now it's ours to do with as we please' kind of deal?
-Side note: I've never read any of The Vampire Diaries books or Dear John, so I have no opinion on the adaptations. They were just examples.