Never judge a book by its movie?

0 Posted by - February 10, 2015 - Blogs

What do you think about books making that evolutionary step to the big screen? Are you for it, or against it?

Take the Lord of the Rings for example. I hadn’t read the book and yet I fell in love with The Fellowship of the Ring movie. The movies were epic and it spurred me on to read the brilliance that is J.R.R Tolkien’s work. It’s understandable that Authors dream of that now attainable goal of seeing their stories come to life on the big screen. I can’t deny it – I want it to happen to Witch Hunt. How could I not strive for that? Real life Dorian and Oliver people! I would want it to be executed perfectly though.

A television series can be just as effective. The Vampire Diaries is a very successful series. Plus, need I mention the TV hit series Game of Thrones? No, it speaks for itself – totally awesome! We need the brilliance that is George R.R. Martin’s work in our lives.

On the other hand… I think that a bad rendition of a book can kill its interest. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. Would you give the Author’s pride and joy the benefit of the doubt and read the book anyway? Or would you be put off? Be honest now! Or would you think you don’t need to read the book because you watched the movie instead? Either way, it gets the Author’s name out there and who wouldn’t want to be a household name if they could?

If Witch Hunt took that leap and was made into a movie, which actors and actresses would you pick for which characters?

FYI, books I would like to see made into movies are: The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and the Belgariad series by David Eddings. Haven’t read his stuff yet? You absolutely must!


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    • Lisa Parry
      Lisa Parry June 30, 2015 - 3:39 pm Reply

      Hi there! I’ll agree that the first 10 to 15 mins are difficult before you get into the swing of things. If you know where the storyline is going then it’s easier to begin. I have a timeline set out before I start writing a book – or even just a chapter – so that helps a great deal. If you just get something basic down to start with and then the chapter runs away with you, then you can go back and make a few alterations – y’know when creativity is bursting out of you by then ;-) I know it’s old fashioned but I still have a notebook that I write down my ideas in when I get them. I can then string them together when I write. Get some music on in the background. It always helps my imagination take flight. I hope this helps!

  • Tom Wolfem June 27, 2015 - 4:54 am Reply

    It’s so true! Books shouldn’t be judged by their movie, but they often are. Do you think movie/tv adaptations drive more readers to the book than they put off? Personally, I don’t read books given away by a movie – but then there’s Game of Thrones…

    • Lisa Parry
      Lisa Parry June 30, 2015 - 3:32 pm Reply

      Game of Thrones is awesome. I don’t think I would read it though. I just enjoy the TV series so much, lol! I can’t deny that after watching Harry Potter, I read the books. I didn’t judge the movie on what had been left out. The books in themselves are great as are the movies. I think it’s great that more books are being made into movies and TV shows. It gets them out there to a wider audience.

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