Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Books Made Into Movies---Yay or Nay?

There are a lot of books being made into movies this year.  One of my fellow authors and friends, James Dashner, has his novel The Maze Runner, coming out as a movie really soon. And it looks really good! Here's the trailer:

Doesn't it look awesome! I'm excited to see it.

There are several other books being brought to the big screen this year, like The Giver.  That is such a classic book and I wondered if it would ruin it to be made into a movie. Hollywood sometimes has a way of ruining a book for me.  (Yes, I loved the Twilight books, but HATED the movies.  Don't judge me.)  For The Giver, however, Lois Lowry gave an interview about how involved she was with the movie, even though they weren't obligated to include her at all.  That made me feel a lot better about it.  And she seems like an awesome person.  You can read that interview here  I liked what she said about how she felt about the book and it being made into a movie after all this time.

That got me thinking about my own books.  How would I feel having them made into movies?  Who would be cast as my characters?  (Of course I have a Pinterest board of who would be my dream cast.  Go visit it and tell me what you think of my choices!  Click here for the link.)

The reality is, though, these characters live in my imagination and they are part of me.  I love creating them, their back stories, their struggles and triumphs.  And whether a movie is ever made or not, they will live inside their pages and in my mind.

If they ever were made into movies, though? I hope I would be consulted as they brought my people to life. Just so it didn't turn out like Twilight did onscreen.  *shudder*

What do you think about favorite books being made into movies? Yay or nay?


Debra Erfert said...

Wasn't Stephanie Meyer personally involved with how her movies turned out? I thought she was, anyway.

I'd love to see Relative Evil made into a movie, and not just to see that characters I've had in my head put on screen. But I'd like to see the storyline brought to life. That would be totally cool.

Jon Spell said...

I'm kind of looking forward to Gone Girl, coming out this fall.

Debra: Also, truckloads of cash, right? =)

Julie Bellon said...

I didn't think she did. If she did, then yikes.

Jon, I haven't read the book, but it did look interesting.