Please Don’t Ruin my Favourite Novels: A plea to all producers


If you had not of guessed already I love books, like really love them, so you would assume that when my favourite books are adapted to the screen I would be ready and waiting with the popcorn.

But often I’m not.

Now before anyone thinks that I’m some kind of book to screen adaptation hater, I’m not. Hey I’m from the Harry Potter generation, I spent my childhood seeing my favourite characters being brought to life by amazing actors. Maybe I was just spoilt by watching such good adaptations, and whilst they left out quite a bit of what was in the books, it was done for the benefit of the film, and watching theses films you never feel like anything is missing, or strange bits of plot have been bolted on to satisfy producers. Basically they were just brilliant films, and before I start waffling about how much I love them I’ll move swiftly on.

Some of my favourite movies are adaptations of books, and they take pride of place on my books case.
Some of my favourite movies are adaptations of books, and they take pride of place on my books case.

Whilst there are some movie/ TV adaptations that I love, there are some that mess with the source material so much I physically cannot watch, its too painful. I suppose I approach theses films and TV series as a book lover, to me nothing can beat a good book, and to be quite honest I can at times become slightly wrapped up in the world of a novel, I can’t help it, the characters just come alive in my head, and yes I can become at bit possessive of them.

So when there is a big announcement that one of my favourite books is about to be attempted I have some serious mixed emotions, because whilst it could turn out to be an amazing adaptation, for me there is also the danger that it could just be slightly ruined by (what is in my mind) a careless script writer who decides to over trim the plot, or blot on an unnecessary subplot, this particularly seems to be the case with some very strange romantic subplots being added in, this is one of my major bugbears, I just hate it. Also apologies to any screen writers out there who I may of just mildly offended, just please don’t be one of those people and I’ll love you forever.

This is something that has been on my mind lately as several of my favourite books have been optioned for film or TV rights. Whilst this could be fantastic and may introduce many more people to the fictional worlds that I love, so I am no longer a strange loon getting worried about fictional characters that nobody has ever heard off. At the same time the potential for the adaptation to go far away from what my personal idea of the world is.

I suppose that no matter how good an adaptation is it will always differ from the way you imagined it, because thats just someone else interpretation of it, and everybody imagines things differently, and that is a magical thing about books. But what it all boils down to is the protective nature of a fan, you really don’t want to see anything tampered with, this is when adaptations made by fans always win out over films made because someone has identified attempting the book as a good money spinner.

So once again love wins out over money. (I just love a happy ending)

Emma x

P.S sorry for the tardiness of this post, I meant to upload it a couple of days ago, I promise I’ll do better this mouth, well at least I’ll try.

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