Hello readers! It’s another Thursday and another tag post for you. Yet again, I have no idea who actually created this tag. I have scoured the internet and cannot find the original, but if you know, please let me know and I will happily credit them.
Today’s post is all about adaptations of books. I love this topic and hope to do a few posts in the future featuring it again. Either way, let’s get into it!
What is the last book adaptation you saw?
I watched the first episode of Nine Perfect Strangers recently. I really did not like the book, but I thought I would give the show a shot. I was just really bored watching it. I just need to accept it isn’t for me.
What adaptation are you most excited to see?
Right now I’m excited to see Dune. I haven’t read it yet, but the movie will help me decide if I should. All I know about Dune is that it’s a scifi, which is something I don’t love. I want to see if I like the movie, then I’ll try the series if I do.
Which upcoming adaptation will you definitely not see?
The manga series Cowboy Bepop is being made by Netflix into a TV show and I’m really not excited to see it. This is yet another series being whitewashed by them. The only Asian in the main crew is Korean, not Japanese AND they completely took out Edward’s character. I feel like the adaptation just might end up being worse than the Death Note one.
Which adaptation would you NEVER see again?
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant is probably my least favorite adaptation I’ve ever seen. They tried to smash 12 books into one movie, even though the books take place over multiple DECADES. I think they casted the movie really well, but the actual movie was really bad.
A second one would be Netflix’s adaptation of Death Note. They not only whitewashed the manga series, but also changed all the characters. They made Light and Misa’s relationship into a romance subplot, which I hated. They even changed Light’s character and made him kind of a wimp, when he isn’t. Sometimes I wonder if the people who adapt the books even actually read the books, or if they just take a guess on what the book is like. The Japanese adaptations of Death Note are much, much better.
Is there a movie you saw that made you want to read the book?
For this one, it would be The Duff. I saw this movie just after it came out and thought it was so funny! I immediately bought the book and read it. The Duff was a really popular book about 10 years ago in the book community, but I hadn’t read it myself.
It turns out they changed a lot about the book and I really think it was for the better because I didn’t like the book.
Conversely, is there a movie that made you never want to read the book?
I don’t think so. I’m always willing to give the book a chance because it may be totally different.
Name an adaptation that has almost nothing to do with the book it is supposedly based on?
For this one, I would say The Maze Runner series. They changed a lot about book one, without spoiling it, I will they changed the process of getting out of the maze. They also left a huge detail out of the film series that was revealed in the book, being the cause of the flare.
Another would be The Darkest Minds. In the books, the characters eyes do not change color when they use their powers like in the movie. I think it changed a lot about the movie because it changed the way the MC was trying to hide her powers. If her eyes change color when she uses her powers, everyone would know she was really lying about who she was.
Have you ever left the theatre during a movie adaptation because it was so bad?
No, but I wanted to once. I saw the new adaptation of Pet Semetary in theaters and both myself and my husband didn’t like it. However, we did stay until the end. I think Hollywood needs to stop remaking Stephen King adaptations when the originals are perfectly fine the way they are.
Do you prefer to watch the movie first, or read the book first?
Unlike most people, I prefer to see the adaptation first. If I read the book first, the only thing I can think about is how they messed up the adaptation in some way. I can read the book after seeing the movie and appreciate the differences.
How do you feel about movie adaptations that age characters up?
I really don’t understand why this is. In the Percy Jackson movies, the age of the character actually mattered. Imagine if they started the Harry Potter movies with Harry being like 16. The age matters in that series, too.
Do you get angry when the actors don’t look like you thought the characters would?
It depends on what they look lie. For instance, if they should be Asian and they are white. Another would be with Annabeth, who should’ve been blonde. It just depends if the way they look matters. Annabeth was blonde for a reason, but they didn’t care in the movie. Its the age thing all over again.
Is there a movie you liked better than the book?
One would be The Duff. I thought that movie was hilarious. When I eventually read the book, I didn’t like it at all.
Name a book you would love to see as a movie.
I just read The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix and I instantly thought that it should be a movie! I hope Netflix picks this one up and gives us an amazing adaptation of it.
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