A discussion with P.E. and Mari.
The amount of YA books becoming movies is insanity. It seems like Hollywood ran out of movie ideas or they aren't sure what works, so they go with books that already have fanbases Why do you think there are so many books becoming movies these days?
Exactly, it's like a YA movie apocalypse I'm on the fence with this one, I obviously love them when they are done well (i.e. Harry Potter, Hunger Games, hopefully Divergent), but a lot of the time the movie kills the book for me. For this to happen the movie doesn't have to suck, it is sometimes the never ending buzz the follows, it's almost like all anyone can think of is that movie. It happened with Twilight. I was 13 when I read the books, I enjoyed them and watched the first movie a couple times until I noticed it was nothing special and moved on but it seemed like the world was stuck in time. Every year with the next movie coming out everyone would go crazy, name their babies after characters etc. I guess what I'm trying to say is, if the movie is good then sure, but the fan following gets to me. How about you, have you ever felt this way?
I'm a renowned not movie person, which basically means I watch about a little more than a handful of movies a year. I'm not as excited about them as most people just because I've already experienced the story and I'm not always into seeing a visual representation of what I read. For the most part, movies are the exact same story so I don't understand what makes people go crazy over them. What movies do, that I appreciate, is highlight some of the best of YA. How many people got into reading after Twilight became a huge hit? Remember when everyone at our school was reading The Hunger Games? People get to see that cool stories come from books, and then maybe it can push them into reading more. However, I still enjoy TV shows based on books much more.
That's definitely a plus side of movies based on books but how about when the movie doesn't do justice to the book. I'm not inclined to reading a book before watching the movie, and it works out fine when the movie is good. But movies that don't do a good job portraying the book kind of kill the book. Have you had that problem? This can apply even if you read the book before. It's partly what's kept me from watching the City of Bones while it was in the cinemas. I don't want to take that chance with one of my favourite series. Somethings are just better off being left the way they are, books are a great medium of entertainment and if done well their story can be a great movie but is it really necessary to make a movie? I can't answer that fully because I'm dying for the Divergent movie but I don't think I would've minded if the theory never caught my attention. You?
It's for this reason that I won't watch The Fault in Our Stars movie. I'm more emotionally connected to books than movies and that book wrecked me. I want to keep that between me and the book, and while the movie may be excellent, I don't want to give up my mental images of all the characters. Even if a movie is excellent it changes the way I view the characters when I read and sometimes I don't want that.
I think we both agree that movies are great. They bring more attention to books we love, they present them in another light and widen their reach. But there are risks associated with them, risks that sometimes we don't want to take. So while it's fun that all of these great books are being turned into movies, I think it's only fair that some hesitation is present as well. After all, movies can be hits or misses and as book lovers it hurts to see our favourite books fail on another stage.