Thursday, August 30, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - Conversions

Question of the day:
Do you find yourself thinking that the books you read would be good on film? Do you wish the things you watched on TV or in the movies were available as book?

Some really can’t be converted, of course, but some definitely can (and it’s not always the ones you think will work). There’s something to be said for different forms of media, but a good story is universal … or is it??
My answer: I often read a good book and wish I could see an adaptation of it (movie or TV series).

I do not ever remember watching a TV show or movie and wishing it were a book.

Something about that just doesn't work. We've had a few "adapted from the movie" novels around here (usually based on the script or screenplay) and, well, they're just not that good.

See, a rich source material (well written novel), can inspire great film-making. Sure, they don't always get it right. Something beloved always ends up on the cutting room floor, but adaptations that are faithful to the spirit of the source material are possible. (See: Thompson, Emma and Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility).

Movies are visual (I know, duh). A book adaptation of a movie doesn't have the richness of a well written novel. It could be a fun book, but it won't capture the magic.

And, before you ask, no, I do not encourage my children to own a lot of Disney type story books. They enjoy the movies and I'll admit they have a few Disney books, but it's not our favorite thing around here. They can tell the difference between a beautifully illustrated version of Twelve Dancing Princesses and yet another Disney's Cinderella storybook.

Look at this cover, doesn't it look amazing? (P.S. The story is good, too.)


I recently wrote a list of 10 Books (or series) I'd like to see adapted into films, if you'd like to see a list of books that I think would translate into good movies (or mini-series).

What about you? Do you have a favorite book that you'd like to see as a movie? Or a favorite movie that would make a good book?
This post is linked to Booking Through Thursday.

4 comments:

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I had trouble imagining movies turned into books....I couldn't conceive of it at the moment. But the other way....books into movies, yes! Here's MY THURSDAY MEMES POST

Tribute Books Mama said...

I can't see movies into books, but sometimes the other way around works.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/08/booking-through-thursday_30.html

gautami tripathy said...

I like to imagine my books rather than watching it on screen!

Here is my post!

The Plot Thickens said...

Love a good book, but enjoy going to a movie.

http://theplotthickensbookblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/booking-through-thursday.html

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