BLOGWORDS – 24 April 2017 – NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – RACHEL DIXON
NEW WEEK NEW FACE – GUEST POST – RACHEL DIXON
Movie Adaptations by Rachel Dixon
Hi Robin! Thank you so much for having me here to today. I am honored to share with your readers.
Today I want to talk about my long and arduous journey of the dreaded “Movie Adaptions”. There will always be a place in my heart that dreads watching the movie adaption of a book that I really enjoy. You name it….The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Divergent, The Help, The Hunger Games….The list goes on.
Because no matter HOW good the movies are, how high tech, or innovative they are…Our bookish hearts have a hard time watching our favorite stories get cut up and changed until sometimes, they are hardly recognizable anymore.
EVERY time a new movie comes out of a book/series that I have read, I always set my expectations unrealistically high. And then I had what I like to call an “apostrophe”…Wait..I mean epiphany.
“I’ve just had an apostrophe.” “I think you mean an epiphany.” – Hook
It all happened one blustery spring day almost exactly 5 years ago. I had just heard about this new movie coming out called The Hunger Games. Naturally, being the bookish sort of person that I am…I decided to read the book first. And I read it in just a couple of days. After I finished it, we went and saw the movie…The VERY next day. OH, I was so disappointed with several aspects of the movie. I had a hard time truly enjoying it. And it was then that I realized the awful truth…I have put an expectation on the production team that they will NEVER meet. That day I learned, that if I EVER want to enjoy a movie adaption of a book…That I MUST learn to appreciate the movie for the movie…and the book for the book.
The beauty about books is that every reader interprets it differently. Different phrases and characteristics will stand out to each of us. And it just so happens that those in charge of putting these books on screen…See things differently than I do. And there are some things that just can’t be described on the silver screen, no matter how talented the actors are, or how beautiful the setting. Some emotions that the reader goes though are too deep to be translated.
NOW, there are some stories out there that really needed to be changed. Such as The Little Mermaid. I don’t know about you, but I am really glad that Ariel and Eric really do end up together…Instead of him married to someone else and Ariel dying.
I also think that J.K. Rowling has the right idea with her new series about Newt Scamander and the Fantastic Beasts series. She is writing the screenplays, instead of the books. This way, we have nothing to compare it too. Granted the screenplays are being published as books which is super fun to read. But it is the same. She gets a story told and shown how she wants it…and the readers, have nothing to compare it to.
All in all, everyone is going to have likes and dislikes of their favorite book to movie adaptions. Are they ever going to produce a movie that contains all the detail and emotions that your favorite book evokes? Probably not. Can we still enjoy seeing our favorite characters come to life on the silver screen? I sure hope so! And there are several books that I would ADORE to see on film. Pepper Basham’s Penned in Time Series and Just the Way You Are, Joanne Bischoff’s The Lady and the Lionheart, Sarah Sundin’s Waves of Freedom Series, and all of Jen Turano and Jody Hedlund’s books…Just to name a few!
What about you? What is your favorite book to movie adaption?
Rachel is a stay at home mom who LOVES to read. She enjoys good (clean) books of all kinds. However, she has a soft spot for historical fiction. There is something magical that can only be found between the covers a book and her desire is to share that piece of magic with you. Rachel has been reviewing books since 2014 and simply adores being immersed in the bookish world. Her husband and 2 beautiful children are her life and joy. Among the 500 things she does a day, she somehow still find time to read.
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Links to all movies and books mentioned:
The Hunger Games – IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1392170/
The Lord of the Rings – Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-Lord-Rings/dp/B011AE735O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489898171&sr=8-1&keywords=the+lord+of+the+rings
Fantastic Beasts – IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3183660/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Fantastic Beasts – Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Beasts-Where-Find-Them-ebook/dp/B01ETJABQK/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489898260&sr=1-3&keywords=fantastic+beasts+and+where+to+find+them
Pepper Basham – Website: https://pepperdbasham.com/
Joanne Bischof – Website: http://www.joannebischof.com/
Sarah Sundin – Website:http://www.sarahsundin.com/
Jen Turano – Website: http://jenturano.com/
Jody Hedlund – Website: http://jodyhedlund.com/