Thoughts on Adaptations

I’m in between books at the moment, but I’m just going to share some thoughts of mine to sort of tease my next little project.

Now there tends to be the saying that the book is better than the movie, play, etc. And many times, that’s true. So why are there still movies based on books?

Well, even if a movie is no good, it still brings attention to books with great stories. If a book was good enough for an adaptation, why not shine a light on it? In fact, a particularly awful adaptation can even make people appreciate the book even more.

Also, there’s no doubt that some authors create imagery that you just have to see. I’m currently watching the television adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, and even though I still prefer the books, it’s nice to see the story and the characters from a different perspective. Even if I prefer the books, I think the show has something really valuable to add to the story.

And really I think that’s why adaptations are made. For the most part, they add a different perspective to make a reader look at a story a different way. They re-imagine the story, and even if they make changes, sometimes a screenwriter or director wants to just ask: What if? Sometimes they’re a glimpse into the imagination of another reader. And sometimes they just fall so flat that fans of the book hold even more tightly to the story that they love.

So yes, in most cases, the book is better than the movie. But maybe a good way to look at adaptations is to see them not only as a way of retelling the story but a glimpse into someone else’s imagination.

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