Readers know that books are way better than film/TV adaptations, right? But why do we still watch these adaptations?
2016 is a great year for adaptations because we have quite a lot of those releasing this year. Some of them, I’ve read already and others I haven’t. But this discussion is about my expectations for books I’ve read.
Do we expect too much in book-to-movie adaptations?
Honestly, I love watching these adaptations but more often than not, I get utterly disappointed by them. I mean, let’s not talk about The Mortal Instruments, shall we?
The funny thing is, if I hadn’t read the book, I wouldn’t even think that the adaptation was horrible because some of these movies are actually good – just not what was written in the book. I’m looking at you, Breaking Dawn Part 2 (not that I liked the book).
When watching a movie or series based on something that I read and loved, I try not to expect too much. You might say that I am too hard to please, but I feel that by setting the bar too high, I ALWAYS get disappointed. So, I try not to be. I mean, I do want to enjoy my movie-going experience.
I guess what I’m saying is that when reading, you let your imagination take over and you are transported to a different place. I know movies do that too, but you don’t really use your imagination when you’re watching a movie, right? You get to imagine what the characters look like and when that doesn’t match the actor/actress cast for the role, it would be really hard for you to love the movie.
That being said, these are a few book-to-movie adaptations that I am excited to see this year.
- The Fifth Wave
- Alice Through the Looking Glass
- The BFG
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them