Books Based on Movies

Piggy-backing off of last week’s topic, I’d like to know what you all think about movies that are based off of books.

I’ve noticed this trend for several years . . . perhaps even decades. There’s a book series that’s popular so they decide to make a movie off of it. Some examples that come to mind are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The City of Ember, The Tale of Despereaux, The Golden Compass and most recently The Hunger Games, which will be coming out soon. Some books are even released with a movie adaptation already in progress.

Now, I understand why people make these movies and why people watch them. After all, there is nothing like seeing your favorite characters running around on the big screen. It’s fun (and sometimes disappointing) to see how other people interpret what you’ve read in your mind. (I, for one, can’t wait for The Hobbit).

But I also wonder, does this mean that the movie industry is losing their creative edge? Are they relying too much on book writers to come up with the next big thing instead of coming out with something original? More and more we see less original movies and more movies based on books or remakes of old movies or shows. Or perhaps, I’m being silly and am overlooking all the good, original movies. Perhaps I’m blowing it all out of proportion.

So what do you think?

Do you like this trend of turning books into movies? Why or why not? Is this trend putting undo pressure on writers to make a book that will translate visually, or do you (as a writer) welcome the challenge? Do you even see it as a challenge or an opportunity? Is Hollywood becoming less creative? What is a book-based movie that you loved or can’t wait to see?

To be clear, I’m sort of neutral about it. The trend bothers me a bit because I feel as if everything is being recycled, and that saddens me. I want to see the new and original. But I also like the trend because I get to see characters that I love in motion, and it gives me hope that my characters can be up on the screen someday too. So I guess it’s a love/dislike thing.

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