Do you think film adaptations ruin the book?

Discussion in 'Movies' started by clarisseblogs, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. clarisseblogs

    clarisseblogs New Member

    Film adaptations definitely ruin the book. It alters your mental picture of the characters and setting. Also, most of the time, they change the sequence of events.

    Ready Player One is one of my favorite books of all time. However, I honestly didn't like the film because most of the important scenes were omitted. To give an instance, the scene where Wade Watts got jailed and hacked through the system to get Sorrento's vital files was omitted.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2018
  2. comics0026

    comics0026 New Member

    It really depends on the book and the movie, as well as the intentions of the book writer and movie director. Like with Jaws, the book is pretty meh, but the movie is a more streamlined story that created the blockbuster, and on the other hand you have Running Man, where the book is a pretty serious and dark fight for survival, while the movie turns the story into and over the top 80s action flick.
  3. LegacyBroken

    LegacyBroken New Member

    Book to film adaptations are a tricky business. The mediums are so different in how they tell a story that in many ways trying to adapt them to serve all audiences is difficult. Tough decisions need to be made. The best adaptations capture the spirit of the book while still making the right concessions to the film medium. Book purists will also never be completely satisfied. They feel a very strong sense of ownership towards the book.
  4. sandipghosh1988

    sandipghosh1988 New Member

    Obviously not. Because very often movies are made from the plot of a book story. In that sence movie sometimes push a watcher to read the full book.
  5. Halycon

    Halycon New Member

    There are good and there are bad adaptations of books. A bad one will not retroactively effect the quality of the book though it may poison the well for new readers who may steer clear due to bad first impressions. A good adaptation can positively effect the view of the book. A great adaptation is more likely to steer film viewers toward reading the book and others from the author.

    I am positive that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films introduced new people to the works of Tolkien that might have led to them trying The Similarion.
  6. srrob900

    srrob900 New Member

    It all depends on how the movie company handles the source material and if they trust the people involved in the project to turn it into a movie.
  7. BrinaPresley

    BrinaPresley New Member

    I think so yes, most of the time books are so incredibly detailed and when movies cannot accurately depict what the book describes it can sometimes be a let down.
  8. MTKiliulis

    MTKiliulis New Member

    I think the "this ruined the book" attitude comes from lack of understanding of what adapting something means. It means the creator is adapting something from one medium to the other. Since different mediums have different constraints and conventions, of course the adaptations are going to be very different. But as long as the movie doesn't stray from the intention and idea of the book, then it doesn't ruin it.
  9. nanoflowerdemon

    nanoflowerdemon New Member

    They deffinitely can. Depends on the company that produces the movie, the director choice, casting and how much the writer of the book was involved in the creative process of the movie.
  10. lilephe

    lilephe New Member

    I usually like the adaptations of books to film. On the other hand, I'm not much of a bookworm, I usually don't have strong feelings for books, so if they mess up a detail or two, it doesn't bother me. I just watch them for more content from the world of the book usually.
  11. Frem

    Frem New Member

    Film adaptations will always ruin the book. Why? because Book Authors and Film Makers, differentiate on how they present and view it to their audience. Film makers, want that freedom they want in telling a story, adapted from a great book or novel. The more unique a novel's set up, the more attracting to the Film makers it will be to present something new and fresh but supported from a book as their back bone of reference.

    The question remains to them, "Do you really want me to make a movie of your book and look exactly the same way how the book flows? I just want to adapt it, not copy it" as for fans, expectations has different standards for different people. When viewing a Film adapted, we could say, "I wonder how they adapted it" not how did they create a book into a movie. I still agree that, the book is more content than the movie.
  12. mandla2018

    mandla2018 New Member

    I agree, the same is true for the Hunger Games.

    In the book it says that Peeta, one of the main characters, is very tall but the actor who played him in the movie was short.

    In film adaptations as we see, it is difficult to cast someone with an exact description as the book.
  13. SaraJenn1

    SaraJenn1 New Member

    It really does depend on the book to be honest. If you ask me, sometimes they cast people that look nothing like the description in the books or add/deletes scenes that weren't/were written in the first place.


    For example with the book 'Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda' there was a very important scene where the main character, Simon, gets dragged to a gay club by his friends and gets more comfortable with his sexuality. Where as in the movie 'Love, Simon' that scene was completely cut out and it would have made the movie more complete.
    But on the other hand with the Harry Potter series, the movies actually made it a huge success. I believe that without the movies it wouldn't have blown up as much as it has, therefore making the movie adaptation a great marketing strategy. And although there were some things where the movies didn't really stick to the books referrals, there was a massive outcome from it.

    Everyone has a different opinion on this topic so there's never going to be a middle-ground. But yes, as I see it some movies do ruin the books in some ways but by all means it could also be a big gateway for more people to know about it.
  14. jennyolally

    jennyolally New Member

    Absolutely. As an avid reader, I create entire universes in my head when I read a book. There is so much nuance that goes into a book that compressing it into some small increment of time, such as the typical hour and a half time slot, so many important details get left out that were important to the overall meaning of the book. Stephen King is an active example of such negligence. His latest movie, The Dark Tower, was such a complete disappointment to fans of the series. It was so obviously negligent of detail that it wasn't even set in the correct time and place in order to save on the budget. I was so disappointed, I couldn't finish watching it.
  15. purplesurf

    purplesurf New Member

    Yes, I think so. A book lets the plot and characters develop very well. The situation, the feelings going through the minds of the characters, etc are conveyed with so much depth in a book. You don't get to experience all that in a movie, which is constrained by commercial considerations and has to take short cuts to fit in the entire story within a short amount of time. A book which I read and enjoyed immensely is The Odessa File. It was made into a movie but I feel the movie didn't do full justice to telling the story with the same level of intensity as the book.
  16. cindyjoymaniago

    cindyjoymaniago New Member

    As a book lover, I really think that movie adaptations ruins the storyline of the book. When we read a book, we already have in mind what the story will be, how the characters will look like. And if they will make a movie about it, our imagination will get altered.
  17. tayne12

    tayne12 New Member

    I think film adaptions definitely have the potential to ruin a book, but that really depends. There are some adaptations that turn out better and have more significance in society than a book. Whereas there are books whose film adaptions are true abominations. For example, the Harry Potter series is one of the most successful film franchises of all time and was adapted from a book. However, the Divergent series turned out to be very lackluster and disappointing as films.

    The answer to this question really varies, and the success of a film adaption is dependent on the casting, directing, writing and production as a whole.

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