A recent discussion on the Aussie Book Bloggers Facebook page and then on the actual ABB forum centred around the fact that we’d all like to build more of a community. I was fortunate enough to attend the National Book Bloggers Forum this year where I met likeminded people. It was only then I realised how little I knew about the Australian book blogging community.
I thought I’d kick things off on the community-building front by hosting a weekly (Thursday) blog link-up. I’ll publish the following week’s topic at the end of each post. I have a few ideas, but would welcome other suggestions as well. So here goes…
Although I’m already tired of hearing about Gone Girl – the movie and / or the book – I thought I’d jump on that bandwagon to discuss… adaptations: books made into movies or TV shows. Essentially – the good, the bad and the ugly.
In my (obviously v.expert) opinion, I think it’s rare that a film or TV show does a book justice. I discovered this at a fairly young age when, as a Virginia Andrews fan (don’t hold it against me… it was a passing phase!) I excitedly awaited the Flowers In The Attic movie. #SpoilerAlert – BIG mistake!
And although I LOVE Robert B Parker’s Spenser series, I’m not sure Spenser for Hire (a TV show from the 1980s) ever did the character or books justice.
However, I do realise some shows or movies occasionally outshine their origins. For example… I much preferred the Silence of the Lambs movie to the novel by Thomas Harris. And the BBC’s Pride & Prejudice mini-series remains one of my favourite translations of Austen’s work, and I swear it has nothing to do with Colin Firth and that white shirt. *Clears throat awkwardly*
I know some purists who ‘hate’ adaptations, but I quite like the synergy: the popularity of some movies and their stars tempts people to read books they might usually avoid, and encourage others to read – full stop. Not to mention the fact they often provide great entertainment (The Godfather x 2 and Lord of the Rings x 3 come to mind).
Of course there’s always the issue I’m having with the film adaptation of Gone Girl… the big drawcard of that book is the twist (or two) so I’m not sure I’ll enjoy the movie, given I know what’s coming.
So… I’m keen to hear from you. Can you think of books which have been improved on screen? Or others that have been mangled. Feel free to leave a comment and link up your own post about this very issue.
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