Monday, July 25, 2011

From Books to the Big Screen

Books have been made into movies for years.  There was Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice and multiple classics that are still being remade to this day.  Only until the past decade has it become a trend to for young adult books to be put on to film, for instane the Harry Potter series.  Since then, books such as the twilight series and those by Nicholas Sparks have hit the big screen, but that’s just the beginning.  Books have also become popular prime time series.  So far The Vampire Diaries by L.J.Smith, The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar, and Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard are the main ones that have made it to the silver screen although it too is an ever growing trend.
So what does this mean for authors?  For J.K. Rowling it meant that she became the first billionaire author in the world.  But that is a stretch of reality for most authors.  Most, although their income will increase with the rights of their books sold to movie producers, won’t be making that kind of money.  What they get is the chance to see their books brought to life and an increased fan base.  It used to be that it was a rarity for books to be transferred to film but it’s becoming more popular everyday giving some authors more hope that they too with get to see their stories brought to life.       

-          The movie already has a fan base which means that there will be people interested in seeing it.
-          Fans of beloved books always want to see it produce on film.
-          By making a book into a movie, it introduces fans to the books. (Lots of people began reading the twilight books after it was made into a movie)

-          Movies always leave off parts of the books.
-          Movies always add stuff that wasn’t in the books. (example: the Weasley house burning down in the movie of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
-          Movies are rarel yas good as the books if you’ve read them first. 

Upcoming books that are being made into movies/tv shows:
-          The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
-          The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
-          Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard
-          Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
-          The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
-          The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
-          The Secret Circle by L.J. Smith

So what do you guys think about all of these books being brought over to film?  Are you going to read any of these books before they hit the big/silver screen?


Sara said...

As always the book IS always better. I loved the Harry Potter books and I liked the movies but I could have done without them. The author created a visual in my mind that was nothing like the movie. I LOVED the Sookie Stackhouse books and I like the show, but they are so far away from the books that it is very loosely based I think. I loved the Twilight books. Living in Port Angeles Wa. Stephenie Myers was spot on about Forks and Port Angeles. But the Movie got it all wrong and the people here made fun of it. We know what Forks and La Push are really like. I do think that Jane Austen books make great movies. Creating the classics for the big screen is easier to enjoy I think because the books are so dated. And I will confess I LOVED The Hunger Games and I am looking forward to seeing the movie so I hope the don't plow it! Bottom line....If I see a movie before reading the book and I didn't like the movie I won't read the book, I can't get the visual out of my mind. I do usually watch a movie if I have read the book but I haven't found a movie that I liked better then the book.

michirah said...

That's so funny about the Twilight movies Sara, as I read them when I was 14, they seemed cute and interesting. Now, I have a hard even finding them appealing in that aspect... and I really think the movies just make them worse. To me, vampires are all about Spike and Angel... not sparkling in the sun like Edward Cullen!
M is keeping a very close eye on Hunger Games news so as soon as more information is released, expect to see an article here!

I'd much rather read the book than see the movie, but if I've seen the movie before reading the book, I'm always a bit afraid to do the other. As you said Sara, nothing is pictured the same as the reader portrayed things in your mind. Or even the way some of the names are pronounced for that matter.