Thursday, June 21, 2012

Topic Thursday- Books Turned into Movies or TV Shows

It's been awhile since we did a Topic Thursday, and I thought what would be a good topic for the first one since coming back online. Then it came to me, just how many books as of late is being made into Movies or TV shows.

From Pride and Prejudice to the most recent Abraham Lincoln, The Vampire Hunter, books have been turned into Movies for as long as I remember. I personally am on the fence with this because in one way I love it when they do and another it drives me completely crazy. If I have watched the movie or show first then it doesn't bother me as much, because then I have the actors pictured in my head for the characters, and also get more to the story which makes it more interesting to me as a reader.

But if I had read the books first and have my own idea what characters look like and the story is cut to fit the movie, show, then it kind of rubs me a bit.

My personal favorites are Harry Potter, True Blood(an example of watching show before reading the books), Breaking Dawn(the closest to all the books IMO).

Favorite shows or movies I watched but not read the books yet: Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings(I know what am I waiting on), Percy Jackson just to name a few.

One last thing, reason I brought this up is that my favorite book series is going to become a TV show. I am super ecstatic about this, but at the same time worried, because I love these books so much. I just hope whomever writes for this show will do it justice.

So what is your opinion, do you like movie or tv show adaptations, or do you loathe them? If you like them, what is your favorite adaptation?


Danni T said...

I'm on the fence about liking them. Sometimes I love them and sometimes they annoy me. I agree it depends on if I've already read the book. The show/movie usually leaves something out that I find important to the book(i.e. LOTR:Fellowship of the Rings- Tom Bombadil). Some of my favorites are Lord of the Rings(even though it annoyed me), Princess Bride, Stardust, and I love Howl's Moving Castle.

Liesel K. Hill said...

For me, it depends on how good a job they do. I'm pretty good at accepting that some stuff is going to get cut in the movie version, but as long as they do a good job bringing the characters and themes across (and don't cut my favorite parts out!) I'm usually cool with it. If they do a terrible job, re-interpret liberally, change the story too much, etc., then I get really pissy about it. Just sayin' :D

BLHmistress said...

I agree that's what angers me the most when they cut out favorite scenes.

That is what I am worried about for The Dark Hunters, will they change it up too much because with this series I am picky.

Shane @ItchingforBooks said...

I agree the lord of the rings movies were great

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