Which of the following best represents your opinion on books that are made into movies?
- Authors are selling out if they let their books be made into movies.
- The theory behind making books into movies is good, but books don't always translate well onto the big screen.
- Books should get made into movies so that the book's message can reach a wider audience.
The results are in. 100% of voters agree that the theory behind making books into movies is good, but books don't always translate well onto the big screen.
If you've read my previous posting on books and the movies based on them, you can probably figure out pretty easily that I also fall into that same category. I understand the urge to make good books into movies because the second I finish a good book, my thoughts wander to things like, "I wonder who would play that character in a movie," or "I wonder what that set would look like." I really want good books to be turned into good movies, but the majority of the time, it just doesn't happen that way for me. And yet... I keep hoping. Hoping that my 'joie de lire' I experienced with a good book will translate well onto the big screen and leave me feeling visually fulfilled. I get disappointed, I brush myself off, and I come back for more. As I was reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett, I watched the movie version play out in my head (the movie version, by the way, would be about 8 hours long if it stuck to the script in my head). Right now, I'm reading Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki, and I can't keep myself from wondering how the book could be turned into a movie script. Maybe it goes back to our aural roots, where literary works were meant to be performed and enjoyed by communities rather than read silently and enjoyed by single readers. Whatever the reason, I'm addicted to the movie versions of books. Are there any books you're currently reading that you want to see turned into a movie (even if you have a sneaky suspicion it could be disastrous)?
I wish I could report that these findings are based on a solid 10-person voting pool; sadly, I cannot. I got more votes than last week, though, so I will focus on the positive and continue striving for my 10-vote goal. The new poll question for this week is up in the left sidebar, so be sure to vote by next Wednesday.
Happy reading, and happy voting on the new poll question!