It’s a common belief by most book lovers that whenever a book makes it to the big screen, it’s never quite as good as it originally appears in the book’s pages. The characters often appear one dimensional and key parts of the story line are often absent whenever the book plays out via the cinema screen.
Why don’t bestselling books always make magical movies?
When you read a book, the story unveils itself in the realms of your own imagination, making it as vivid as you can possibly imagine it to be. And while there are incredible studio effects and impressive acting skills, very often the reader is left feeling cheated with these big screen adaptions. When you read a book you are also able to hear your characters deepest and most inner thoughts, which usually is challenging to depict in a film adaptation.
Does this mean we should never, ever have a book turned into a movie? Of course not.The delightful Peter Dinklage definitely brings the witting Tyrion character to life in the hugely popular Game of Thrones television series. And can you possibly imagine a world without the Harry Potter movies? These examples definitely show us that there are always exceptions to this rule.
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What books are headed for the big screen?
Some movies that you should keep an eye out for as they hit the big screen include:
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
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Some popular movie adaptations
- The Colour Purple was possibly one of Alice Walker’s greatest stories before it was turned into a Oscar-winning movie of the same name
- The Hunger Games franchise was a hugely popular adaptation which made stars of the actors in the movies
- One flew over the cuckoo’s nest was a literary find before Jack Nicholson made the movie come to life
Do you read bestseller books before they get turned into movies? Is your favourite book made into a movie as well?