Lately I have seen a few fan-created movie trailers for some of my favorite books. I truly admire how these were put together. They are fun to watch and I do get excited about the idea of my favorite books going to the big screen.
But then I have to think about other movie-renditions of some treasured books. Were they awesome? No. Were they decently done? Sometimes. Did the movie kind of ruin the book for me? On occasion.
What say ye? Should some of your favorite books go to film?
When pondering this question, I think of a few examples. Have you read Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files? If not, you’re slacking. But did you watch the single season tv show based on the first few books? Not really like the books at all. How about the whole Harry Potter franchise? Or the Narnia Chronicles? I felt like some of the movies in both those series took the books seriously and others did not. I view Peter Jackson’s work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a gold standard from going from book to movie. With that said, there were still some significant changes to the storyline.
I hear a little noise here and there that Orson Scott Card’s classic Ender’s Game is going to be moviefied. The kids were pretty young in the book; can Hollywood pull that off on the big screen?
I wouldn’t mind seeing Brent Weeks’s the Night Angel trilogy move to film, nor Alan Dean Foster’s Pip and Flinx series. However, I don’t think film could capture the intricacies of the Terre D’Ange books by Jacqueline Carey. Those books are so deep, and in may ways have a different take on societal norms that our current society, that I don’t think a producer/director could instill that in 180 minutes or less.
What books would you love to see go to the big screen? Which books should remain as print?
While you ponder that, here are two fan-made movie trailers that I quite enjoyed: