Why do some books transition well to the screen and others do not? Is it the printed words or the screenwriter?
I enjoyed the books by JK Rowling but the detail and blather made me skip sentences, then paragraphs until the storyline returned to meaningful action. I liked them and they inhabit the shelf of honor on my antique bookcase.
But *shrug*. They were ‘okay’ and nothing more.
It’s just my opinion. Please don’t yell at me.
But how the movie series gripped me…that is a different story. The Deathly Hallows is Oscar material, fantastic special effects (always a winner with me), and stays mostly true to the books. I love all the movies without reservation.
The Deathly Hallows gave me everything it promised and more.
And then there is Twilight.
Again, this is just my opinion but I am passionate about this subject.
The Stephenie Meyer’s books dwell in my soul. There is no comparison and I will not argue with the critics. Ms. Meyer acknowledges her writing could stand some improvement. Twilight was her debut novel, after all.
And after a multitude of YA agents and writers hollered about the article by Meghan Cox Gurdon that appeared in the WSJ concerning the ‘dark side of YA’, Honey Buns I don’t even want to HEAR any fuss about family values or this-is-not-appropriate-for-kids.
To get to the point, and I do have one, the miraculous books did not transition well to the screens. In fact, I would go so far as to say they were Cee R Aaa Pee.
I have other examples of books that did or did not make the transition to the big screen but I want to hear from you.
What examples can you give of books or movies that didn’t trip your trigger?