To Film or Not to Film?
That really is the question. There have been a rash of book to film adaptions lately, and every time I hear that a book is about to be slammed up on the silver screen I get an uncomfortable feeling…it’s not going to be a book or series that I love is it? I find myself half excited and half dreading the news, if it is a series I love then I have the sinking feeling that they will never do my imagination justice and yet…to see some of my favourite characters in live action would be titillating. It could be the next Lord of the Rings – thus far the only film adaption that has enhanced the book rather rather than slash it to bits and in the style to Dr Frankenstein and sew it back together forming an inelegant monster. *cough*The Golden Compass*cough.
Then again if it is a series I don’t know or like, there’s a sense of relief. And yet also puzzlement, why oh why of all the series in all the world did they pick that one? Didn’t they know that it had a ridiculous plot twist in which the main characters, are told that they are brother and sister…and yet they have enough sizzling sexual chemistry to start a barbeque?
So, what has brought this to my mind? J.R. Ward that’s who. You may have heard the news that NBC have bought The Bourbon Kings and are planning to do a drama series. My feelings when I heard that? Complete relief that they hadn’t decided to buy the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Gosh, what a hash they would make of that! It could never match my imagination, the image I have in my mind of Wrath and the Brothers… and I have a horrible feeling that it would make the whole series seem cheesy and ridiculous. I mean almost 7 foot tall vampire prowling the night in black leather…what kind of film was this again?
However, some books seem to show exactly what they are once they are on the big screen, Fifty Shades of Grey was just as insipid and uninspiring in cinema as it was on page… only I didn’t have to put up with the bad grammar and the murder-inducing bloody Inner Goddess. But, moving on to the positive; film adaptions I have enjoyed (although, obviously not as much as the books) include Harry Potter (lets ignore the first two films and start from The Prisoner of Azkaban) and The Hunger Games. Although my favourite adaptions are the classic Lord of the Rings and the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice (hmm Colin Firth emerging from the pond is an indelible memory).
What do you think of book to film/TV adaptions? What are some of your favourites?