Question – Are There Books That Should NEVER Be Adapted For Screen?
Books into films or television shows. I think while reading a book we all tend to think what that book would look like on a screen. Whether it be the big screen or the small screen, we try to picture certain scenes or try to envision what actors would play the main roles.
While reading The Mortal Instruments books a while back, I could totally see them as movies. That is how they played in my head while I read. I knew the scenes would translate very well onto the big screen. (A funny note, I still have not actually watched the Mortal Instruments movie because I’m afraid of being disappointed in it lol)
I can only recall two instances where I watched a movie and it compelled me enough to go out and pick up the books. Twilight and Harry Potter. I found the Twilight movie-making-people did an okay job turning those books into movies but to be honest, I never found those books read like movies. But I loved how the Harry Potter movie-making-people made those books to film. They read like movies and they adapted well to movies. They were amazing!
I think Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen books would make a great TV show. It would run for many seasons thanks to the awesome characters and all the crazy plot twists and surprises! I also think that Julie James’ Just the Sexiest Man Alive would make a great romantic comedy movie as it reads like a movie already. That may have to do with the fact that it was first written as a screenplay and not a book, but I still think the story would be adorable on the big screen.
But like the Twilight books, I feel not all books are written in a way that would make them good movies or television shows. As much as it would be neat to see Barrons and Mac from the Fever books come to life, I just don’t see those books making good movies. Not sure why. Maybe it’s because of how complex they are and I don’t feel like the movie-making-people would catch all the subtle nuances and intricate plot twists.
But apparently I may be the only one who feels like not every book can be successfully turned into a screenplay. It seems movie-making-people think they can turn anything into a movie. I mean…Fifty Shades of Gray?…
What about you? Are there books that should NEVER be adapted for the small or big screen?