Thursday Thoughts: Book to Movie Agitation

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Happy Friday Eve! Also, Merry Christmas Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve Eve (my counting might be a little off.) I hope you’re having a fantastic and stress free week.
So, if you couldn’t guess from the title, today I’m going to be sharing my opinions on book-to-movie adaptations. And, if you couldn’t guess from the title, these aren’t going to be very positive thoughts.
Don’t get me wrong: I don’t completely hate book-to-movie adaptations. Some movies were really well done and I understand that the movies aren’t going to be a perfect replica of the books. Movies also can help introduce more people to these books that might help get them into reading. But it’s been a really long week and I’m in the mood to complain, so let’s get right into it! Here is everything I hate about book-to-movie adaptations.
(WAIT – SIDE NOTE: All of these things could easily apply to book-to-television adaptations, but I haven’t really gotten into watching any of those so for sake of simplicity and me not pretending to have experience with book-to-television thingymajiggers I’ll just be calling them book-to-movie adaptations.)

Book-to-Movie Agitations (Because I had to use that pun more than once)

WHEN THEY COMPLETELY CHANGE THE STORY:
Okay, I know that I literally just said “I understand that the movies aren’t going to be a perfect replica of the books”, but what I’m really talking about now is when they completely alter the entire story, to the point where the entire message or ending or both is different. *cough Percy Jackson cough*
I once read a book (which I won’t name because I’m going to spoil the ending but it won’t really be a spoiler if you don’t know what book I’m talking about) about two siblings and at the end of the book one of the siblings dies. This death leads to the whole realization of the heart-breaking message of the entire story and it was beautifully done, so I made sure to watch the movie adaptation soon after finishing it.
In the movie, they killed the other sibling. WHAT? You have the right to make a movie out of this book, not just go around killing characters willy-nilly. The fact that the other sibling died prevented the beautiful message from happening and made the entire story pointless and made me hate all of the characters because the death of that sibling could’ve been prevented.
Alone, that movie might not have been too horrible. However, it was advertised of the movie adaptation of the book. It would’ve been more accurate to say “Movie very loosely based on a New York Times bestselling novel but under the same title so that it’ll do better in the box office”.

THEY TAKE AWAY MY INNER HARRY POTTER:
I know a big issue that a lot of people have with book-to-movie adaptations is that the casting isn’t very well done. Personally, I don’t really notice things like this. I know that I’m horrible at fan-casting and I certainly couldn’t do any better. I get used to people being the characters very fast.
But that’s the issue. I get used to people being the characters very fast. Though it’s a little thing, I hate that I’ll never be able to think about Harry Potter without picturing Daniel Radcliffe. I can’t – and will never be able to – remember what Harry Potter looked like in my head when I was first reading the books, and that really bothers me.
At least I can always imagine what Peeves and Winky look like BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T EVEN INCLUDED IN THE MOVIES.

FAKE FANS: 
Look, I’m usually a firm believer in the fact that there’s no such thing as fake fans, and that you can be a huge fan of something without knowing every little nit-picky detail and reading all of the bonus material and waiting for midnight releases and all of that.
What drives me crazy, though, is the people who are “fans of the series” but only mean the movies. Since Mockingjay Part 2 has come out and everyone at my school is getting all excited about The Hunger Games series again, I’ve gotten into many debates with people about whether the books or movies are better… only to discover at the end of our heated conversations that they haven’t even read the books.
You can have fantastic books without movies. You cannot have fantastic book-to-movie adaptations without books. Books win.

UNNEEDED “PART ONE”S AND “PART TWO”S:
*loud sigh*
I’m not going to complain about the part one and two of the last Harry Potter movie, because I think it was well done and necessary in order to capture all of the action and excitement within that last book.
However, I really, really hope that this doesn’t become a trend for every single book series, although I fear that it’s too late. Mockingjay Part One and Two? Fine. A lot of people thought the book should’ve been more detailed and split into two as well. I can buy it. Just do it well.
ALLEGIANT, THOUGH? I’m not the hugest fan of the Divergent series in the first place, and I feel like those movies are going really off-course from the story. I haven’t seen Insurgent yet, and I don’t even know if I will, because it doesn’t seem like people really enjoyed it.
So what better solution than to make two more movies that people won’t really enjoy?
I guess I can’t really talk since I haven’t seen Insurgent. What bothers me the most about all of this, though, is that the movies aren’t being called “Allegiant: Part 1” and “Allegiant: Part 2”. They’re being called “Allegiant” and “Ascendant”.
I can just picture it now. Innocent “fans of the series” going to the bookstore after seeing the movie:

Worker: Can I help you?
Fan: Yeah, I’m a really big fan of the Divergent series. Do you have the books?
Worker: Yes, I love that series! We have Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant right over there.
Fan: Okay, thanks. And do you have Ascendant?
Worker: What?
Fan: Are you sold out of the fourth book?
Worker: There isn’t a fourth book.
Fan: Yes, there is! It’s called Ascendant.
Worker: No. There isn’t. Sorry.
Fan: You’re wrong. Ugh. And you call yourself a fan. (hair flip)

Also, apparently they’re considering making Hunger Games prequels? I volunteer as tribute to throw my copies of this perfectly-good-series-that-has-no-need-for-prequels at whoever thought this would be a good idea. Just leave the story as it is before you ruin it.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post! I know it is a little dramatic, and obviously it’s not the end of the world if these movies keep coming out. I know that there are people who work very hard on creating them and people who really enjoy them. I certainly try to watch them when I can, but I don’t seem to have as positive of a reaction as everyone else. Sorry?
Be sure to let me know all of your feelings on book-to-movie adaptations in the comments.
Thanks for reading! 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts: Book to Movie Agitation

  1. Hmmm I think I know which movie you were talking about (the one with the two sisters). And that scenario with the Divergent fan is hilarious! Sometimes I think it’s great that more people are enjoying the story of the books through another media, but sometimes I still feel the same way as you do – like the fans of the movies are not the same when they love the movie and only then buy the book. It also annoys me to find people who would read the second book of a series immediately because they have watched the first movie so they have basically “read the first book”, even though the movie is different from the book!!

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  2. I know what movie you’re talking about where they completely changed the ending! I HATED that! Loved that book and thought it was so fantastically done, and I’d love to have a discussion with you about the significance of the one character dying! I understand why they killed the other in the movie version, to tie things up in a neat little knot, but it really rubbed me the wrong way.

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  3. I LOVE THIS POST. I can relate to this so bad! I love Daniel Radcliffe, but I hate that I keep picturing him and other actors like the characters. AND THE LAST ONE OH MY GOD ADFJBSHRG I CAN RANT ABOUT THAT FOR HOURS. Stop splitting up the last movie. I’m afraid it really is becoming a trend *sigh*. Deathly Hallows was needed, but just because DH1 and 2 were a success doesn’t automatically mean others will too. Plus it’s usually not needed.

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