So you’re favorite book is being turned into a movie? However, you’re unsure whether you should jump up and down for joy or if you should crawl under a rock to prevent seeing anything having to do with it. That’s only natural, especially when it comes to movies from books that we’re really attached to.
But books that are movies are not all bad. In fact, there are many upsides to seeing books as movies. Likewise, the good aspects can easily turn bad if not executed properly.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about books as movies is seeing the world and the story in front of our very eyes as opposed to just in our imagination. It seems like nothing bad could possibly come from seeing movies from books we love. But the thing about books is that we all picture things differently, which is fine. But a movie will show one interpretation and if budgets are lacking or visions are skewed, then the film could replace our wonderful imaginings with horrible visuals that take away from the story.
Along the same lines, seeing the characters from a book come alive can be a wonderful experience. It can help us to visualize them better when we re-read the book and solidify our own imaginings of what the characters look like. However, if characters are miss-cast, we can end up with actors who don’t look anything like how we pictured them or perhaps don’t do the role justice.
But aside from seeing the book come to life, movies from books have another awesome side effect. They get people who aren’t normally readers to read! This can be one of the coolest things about books that are movies. Fans of the movie want more and so they pick up the book the movie was based on and after that book they pick up another, and another, essentially creating new avid readers – and that’s never a bad thing. The only negative thing about this is that it increases the need for more books within an already stuffed market. Because of this many books start sounding a lot alike or perhaps are severely lacking in quality.
Of course, however books that are movies turn out, the good thing is that the story we’ve already come to know and love gains more exposure overall. Being able to talk about our favorite stories with those who haven’t even read the book is definitely a positive thing. Of course, people regarding themselves as the book’s biggest fan can cause some eye rolls, given that those who read the book before the movie was even optioned are clearly the bigger fans.
Whether the latest movies from books turn out wonderful or flop is hard to say. But either way books as movies are becoming increasingly popular in our society, and with a higher demand for books that are movies, hopefully producers will strive to stick close to the book for the sake of the book’s existing fans and potential fans of the movie as well.
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