I just want to talk for a minute about the recent rash of books being made into movies.
Yes I know, this has been going on for decades, but it seems lately that there have been more than ever.
With Friday’s opening of The Fault in Our Stars, I’ve been paying more attention to the coming releases and I couldn’t be more excited.
If I Stay, a book I literally devoured by Gayle Forman. It’s YA and it’s a short read, to be sure, but it is gripping from the very beginning and it doesn’t let go until the very end. No spoilers on this one from me, but again, it will be one to bring a box of kleenex with to the theatre.
Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. If you’ve read the book, you already know that this is a crafty, twisting journey that will play out beautifully on the big screen. If you haven’t read the book, and hopefully no one gives away the plot to you, get ready to have your socks knocked off and for a HUGE twist. I didn’t see it coming when I read the book, and I’m usually pretty good at predicting plot twists, but I remember literally yelling at the book “What the actual fuck!” and throwing it down on my bed. Yes, it was that good. Don’t prepare for any happy endings in this one, either, the ending (although probably very fitting to the characters) left myself and a lot of people on Goodreads in a bit of a frustrated fury. Masterful.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry should be a very interesting movie as well. I haven’t read this book, but I do know the plot and story line and it should be really interesting to watch. Great premise. There are tones of Farenheit 451 to the basic plotline (except we’re dealing with emotions and memories, not books).
Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places is also becoming a movie (another great one of hers I read), James Dashner’s The Maze Runner, and for kids, Alexander and the No Good, Very Bad Terrible Day. I probably got that title wrong.
There are more, don’t think the list stops there. These are just the ones that caught my attention.
Here is the part I’m really excited about. Everytime I hear or read some reporter or pundit giving sound bites about how in this age of technology we’ve all forgotten to read, I laugh a little to myself. I have found that the love of books, by especially recently the teen market, has grown exponentially. Not only that, when fans find out that a book they love is headed for the big screen, they become slightly militant that the screen version remain true to the story. This, in my opinion, just means better quality movies.
I remember back when my oldest was into Eragon. I mean, really into it. It was the first book that had really captured him as a reader and guys, he was really not a reader before this book. He read the series and then…the movie came out.
What a letdown. It was so badly changed from the book that in that one movie, they guarenteed that it would be near impossible to make movies of the subsequent books. I feel like the series itself also lost a lot of its momentum. Fans were angry and I’m willing to bet that Christopher Paolini was none too thrilled.
That’s why with TFIOS, I’ve been so thrilled to watch not only how involved John Green was with the movie process, but how much the team (directors, screen writers, cast) cared about the story and strove to make the movie serve its message. Seeing videos of John on his YouTube channel talking about how he cried watching them film scenes, and then cried again when he saw the final product have solidified for me the knowledge that this movie will deliver what the book served up.
Also, how cool has it been to watch the book author be just as big a part of the press junket as the movie team? A blue carpet greeted all, as well as thousands of screaming fans, to the debut in New York just the other day. Buzz is insane. We picked up our tickets last night.
As most authors do, I have of course had my fantasy moments wondering who would play my characters should one of my books be made into a movie one day. I already know where I would want it set for filming. 🙂
What movies from books are you looking forward to in the next few months?