Book to Screen Adaptations

I always feel a thrill of anticipation when I hear that a book I’ve enjoyed is coming to the movie or TV screen, but apprehension quickly follows. It’s a tricky thing to capture the essence of a book for film, and I don’t envy the screenwriters who are given the task. Sometimes the things that make a book such a great book get lost in translation.

Some adaptations are downright tragic. (Don’t even get me started on Eragon.) Some I actually end up liking more than the book. (Two thumbs up for Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.)

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Big screen adaptations this year include Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Catching Fire, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Ender’s Game. I think a movie is the way to go with those adaptations. The books have an epic feel that will be best communicated by a big screen.

Some books are better suited for the small screen. TV is the perfect place for Kiera Cass’s The Selection considering its reality TV storyline. I’ve also heard a rumor that Lauren Oliver’s Delirium has been optioned for TV, and I think it’s the right choice in that case. Delirium has a lot of subtlety that will benefit from a slower, weekly reveal.

What’s your favorite book to screen adaptation? What adaptations are you looking forward to?

©2013 Kim Vandel

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