i feel like almost every book i’ve ever read that i really got attached to is making it to the big screen. i don’t know if i should be excited or nervous about it.
i mean, in my opinion, the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies were excellent. yes, the books are always better. but i feel the movies did the best they could given the 2-3 hr time slots they have to work with.
more recently – One Day, a story i so very much love, became a movie. a flop really. i doubt if many people who saw the movie would be inspired to read the book. it was a disappointment to say the least.
The Help. i’ve heard great reviews. but refuse to see the movie until i finish the book. so i have nothing to say about it yet.
The Twilight Saga. ok, i was one of those who read each book in a day. and yes, i enjoy the movies very much. but, of course the movies aren’t exactly like the books. yet i love them all the same! ha. “team jacob” all the way. haha!
Into the Wild. the book is always better. but i did like that movie a lot.
anyway…then summer 2010 i read The Hunger Games series. go figure…they’re making them into MOVIES! i saw the trailer for it last night…
let’s hope for the best.
but seriously…Hollywood must be hard up for story lines because i swear that ALL that’s coming out these days are “based on the books” movies. or redoing already done stories/books. makes me wish i was a writer…i could make mega bucks having a book AND a movie.
am i the only one that finds it interesting that EVERY book i read lately is becoming a movie??
i read Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series too (well, books 5 and 6 are yet to be released). and…yeah, that’s right. they already have the movies casted! my goodness.
and today – from reading a couple blogs, i found out that more of my favorites are movies now too. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. excellent book.
Also his earlier Everything is Illuminated – that is an incredible book that was also made into a movie. (the movie i very much love though! i highly recommend both the books – and the movie)
maybe i’m behind, but i had no idea they’d made a movie of this one …comes out in December…
and yet another – my childhood FAVORITE. Is now going to be a movie. So they say. Roald Dahl was my author of choice as a child. I had all of his books. The BFG was my top pick. I seriously read it over and over. I even used to read it aloud to my grandparents and my parents. whoever would listen really. Dreamworks has the movie rights – so i’m hoping that means it will be done justice.
so what’s next? pretty much all the jane austen classics are movies. they made Jane Eyre into a newer movie now. (i love jane austen-esque stories). I’m pretty sure they’re taking Janet Evanovich to the movie level now. Dan Brown – been done. i’m not going to continue with a list, though i have myself convinced that every book will eventually also have the caption on the front – “Now A Major Motion Picture”. guaranteed, there are probably more in the making that i just haven’t caught wind of yet.
it’s frustrating because when i find these things out, i can’t decide if i’m excited or nervous about what the movie will do to my perception of the stories.
I’m waiting for my #1 - The Catcher in the Rye to become “a major motion picture.” and by waiting, i don’t mean anxiously. quite honestly…i hope it doesn’t ruin it for me.
you know, i’m not quite sure if all of this is actually inspiring people to read, or just come up with the excuse that they “saw the movie.”
and i’m not quite sure if i’m venting here or not. half the time after i read a great book, i get antsy when i hear the movie is coming out because i get to re-live the story in a different way! and the movie is great! but then, 10 times out of 10, i come out of the movie let-down that it just wasn’t the same as the book. which is a given in every case. but still. and then, 8 times out of 10, you wish they hadn’t made a movie of it at ALL because the movie offends the book. ha. whatever. i can’t make up my mind. i’m babbling now…