With several books to films on the way, I had to think hard on what books I wish would be adapted, or the ones that could have been better made. Of course, too many films come to mind. Cough* The Giver, Alice in Wonderland, Eat Pray Love, The Host, My Sister’s Keeper (particularly, the ending), The Scarlet Letter Cough*. Just to name a few. Though films that steer away from the novel can also be successful. For instance, the JAWS film is a classic, leaving out the affair with Brody’s wife with none other than Hooper. Yeah, you read that correctly! However, the book paints Hooper as a different character than what we ended up with.
Another film that I enjoyed more than the novella is none other than The Mist by my favorite author, Stephen King. The ending is what makes the film that much sweeter in the science fiction tale of a small town plagued by vicious creatures as thick mist rolls in. Other films can be great examples, but identifying what makes them great can be from many factors, whether its performance or tweaking the plot. When you think about it, you are taking a 200+ page novel, perhaps a character’s lifespan, and cramming it into two hours or less. Also, the stakes are already high because fans can be brutal, especially if the film deviates away from the book.
THE ONE YOU MAY NOT KNOW
The Secret History-I’m a sucker for books set in New England, but the content of Donna Tartt’s book deserves to see the light of the big screen. Basic plot: A narrator reflects on his college years with his group of friends that ended up in murder. I have doubts this book will ever be a film, but my fortune cookie said something about hope earlier, so I have to do just that.
THE ONE WE HOPE WOULD BE REMADE
The Golden Compass-this needs a remake. Not that I don’t love Daniel Craig, because I do, but not even his hunky face could redeem this mess. The film looked impeccable but too much was missing from the story. The tone was too PG, the ending is cut short of the books and the religious tension is non existent. I hate it when films are too PC: either follow the book or don’t make it at all. Like many series, the first film has to be perfect or, just like many films, it won’t be made and only heard of from bloggers in forums questioning whether the sequels were going to happen or not. My advice? Completely recast and film the movie with the direction of the author.
THE ONE WE ALL HOPE WOULD BE MADE
Catcher in the Rye-not much to say, not much needs to be said. However, it may be a pretty long time before this bad boy makes it to screen. Even at his death, Salinger disagreed with the idea of his novel being a film. The rights belong to Salinger’s wife and daughter, and since the author’s 2010 death, there hasn’t been any news on whether Catcher in the Rye will be adapted. I hope in my lifetime it does, and it’ll be a hell of a lot better than how The Giver turned out.
SOME BOOKS COMING TO FILM/TV
Luckily, some novels are finally making their way to screen, some film or TV. Here’s a list:
- The Dark Tower by Stephen King
- The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling
- Pride, Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
- Several works by Charles Dickens (BBC of course…)
- His Dark Materials – Yes, TV instead of film but I still demand a remake of the film…(BBC again)
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman