Wednesday, November 9, 2011

We're taking over the silver and the small screen!

Hollywood has been running out of ideas for years now. Once in a while they're gaining massive hits with original scripts, but for the most part, it's selecting the freshest dead horse to beat. Basically, they need to make money, and they need to make it immediately. The problem is, most people aren't willing to take chances on new movies, not with ticket prices as high as they are. So, the question for the movie/show producing companies becomes, how can we spend the minimum on advertising, show people something new and fresh, but convince them they already love it.

Books. The perfect solution has been there all along. Authors are constantly coming up with new ideas or twists. Generally, the books themselves will have been fully advertised and people will love the movies if they loved the book. Reading is gaining popularity all the time with the new whatsamawhojit gadgets coming out with book apps. Even people who hate reading are having their minds changed with all of this new "convenience" in reading. 

Therefore, smart film companies are scrambling for rights to the best books for the biggest chance at pay off. The only problem is, seasoned readers have heard this song and dance before. We've been swept up in the film making process. We've fangirled and fantasized about all the actors and actresses that could sign on to the project. We've waited patiently for that first magical midnight showing and been utterly disappointed. Oh yes, horribly, awfully, deeply disappointed. Everyone on the film promises it will be amazing and just so cool. Then, when readers watch it, they either love or hate all of the "modifications" writers or directors have made. I think, if anything, it's made readers more wary of the movies. We're probably less likely than the average person to see our favorite book to film adaptation unless it's an international best seller like Harry Potter. The international bestsellers have to be "correct."

I'm proposing a truce of sorts. Film companies, try to be as absolutely true to the book as possible. (Try, like you tried with Twilight, not like you "tried" with Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus.) And in return, readers will make an effort to attend more movies. That way, everyone gets what they want. This might be an unpopular opinion, but I'm sick of seeing film companies trying to make a buck on a big production and completely rip out the soul of the book. I understand you have to go to movies with certain expectations, not everything is going to be able to be included and special effects, no matter how great, are still limited. Seriously though, when you change the book to the point where the main character doesn't even end up with the man she was with in the book, that's ridiculous.

The article which spawned this tirade is here. The CW has acquired or is trying to acquire the rights to making The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison and Unearthly by Cynthia Hand into TV shows. I'm all for it, really I am. I love watching movies or TV shows adapted from books. Still, there is a time honored tradition of completely ignoring the books at least by the end of the first season. Take The Vampire Diaries TV show for instance. I love that show, I am addicted to that show, but it absolutely does not follow the books at all which I admit, makes me a bit sad.

My point originally (sorry, got a little off track there) is that readers are taking back the silver and the small screen and that is amazing. We should be proud of that. Maybe these movies will promote more reading, more books and keep the printed word around for just a little bit longer. I've included a list of all the movie and TV show adaptations I could find. Scan it and you might be pleasantly surprised.

*DISCLAIMER* Most of these movies are happening, however there is always a chance the movies will not make it to the screen, in these next years or ever.

Books to Movies (confirmed and "in development") that I am aware of

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (2012)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (2012)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (?)
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (2012 or 13)
The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning (2013)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (2013)
Maximum Ride by James Patterson (2013)
Hourglass by Myra McEntire (?)
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2012)
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (2012)
The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (2012 or 13)
The Host by Stephenie Meyer (2012)
City of Bones [The Mortal Instruments] by Cassandra Clare (2012)
Warm Bodies by Issac Marrion (2012)
Pide and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith (2013)
The Wake Series by Lisa McMann (2013)
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer (?)
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (2012)
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (2012)
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor(2012)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (2011)
Fallen by Lauren Kate (2012)
Wings by Aprilynne Pike (2014)
Firelight by Sophie Jordan (2013)
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (2013)
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (?)

Books to TV Shows (rights are being or have been acquired) That I know of

The Hollows by Kim Harrison
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

I hope you found some titles here that you'd like to see.

Happy Reading, 

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