Let’s Talk Bookish: Book to Film Adaptations

Hello, and happy last day of June! I’ve had a very busy last couple of weeks, but I am really excited for this LTB topic. So, even though it’s very late, I’m still going to do this post all about book to film adaptations. There are some really good ones, and some really bad ones, so here are all my opinions!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly bookish meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and has been hosted by me since April of this year! Each Friday, there is a discussion topic for bloggers to write about. This week’s topic is book to film adaptations (suggested by me), and that’s what I’m going to be writing about today.

What are your favorite book to film adaptations?

My favorite book to film adaptations are Heartstopper, Shadow and Bone and the Hunger Games. All of these adaptations have really excellent casts and stay true to the original stories. All three of the adaptations also had lots of involvement from the authors!

What are your least favorite ones?

My least favorite book to film adaptation is Percy Jackson. The movies they made are really terrible. I am excited for the Disney plus show that is being made right now though, because the author of Percy Jackson, Rick Riordan, is very involved in the show.

I also really don’t like the adaptation of Paddington. I loved the books so much when I was younger, and I didn’t like all of the added drama and intensity. The same thing happened with the movie of Flora and Ulysses, by Kate DiCamillo, and it’s a pattern that I’ve noticed a lot with popular kids books. They make movies, and add a ton of drama that ends up completely changing the plot.

Do you think that books translate better to movies or shows?

I think that it really depends on the book being adapted, how long it is, and how it’s structured. I don’t think that books should only be adapted into movies, or only be adapted into shows. It really just depends on what works better with each individual book or series.

Would you rather see a standalone or a book series adapted?

Anything. If it’s a book I like, and I think that it would work well adapted, then I would love to see it adapted. I don’t really care is it’s a standalone or a book series being adapted.

What do you think is important for a successful book to film adaptation?

Having the author of the book involved in the adaptation is the most important thing for a successful book to film adaptation. That is something that you can see in a lot of the more successful book to film adaptation. For example, Leigh Bardugo author of all the Grishaverse books was heavily involved in the creation of the Shadow and Bone show, and Alice Oseman, who wrote Heartstopper, was very involved in the Heartstopper show.

I think that age accurate casting is also very important. While characters don’t necessarily need to look physically identical in the film adaptation, I think that it’s really important for them to be around the same age. Often, with kids and YA books, characters are aged up, but that can really take away from the story, and it gives the adaptation a whole different, weirder feel.

Wrapping this up…

There are a lot of successful book to film adaptations, and a lot of unsuccessful ones. Having age accurate casting with actors who capture the characters spirits, and involvement from the authors in the creation of the adaptations are two of the most important things for successful adaptation.

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What are your favorite book to film adaptations? Do you think that books translate better to movies or shows? What do you think is important for a successful book to film adaptation? Chat with me in the comments below!

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