Do you think filmmakers have a responsibility to the reading public to make a good filmic account of a book?
I know this is a topic that gets talked about ad nauseum, but seeing the Vampire Academy movie the other day put me in a right tizzy about how book-to-movie adaptationists (otherwise known as filmmakers) really have a lot to answer for. There are going to be a lot of people (well, a few anyway) that see Vampire Academy at the movies and assume that because the movie is a stinking pile of crap the books are as well. And it’s just not true – I thought the VA books (the two that I’ve read) were quite good. The title is pretty lame, which would automatically put some people off, but the writing was smart and the idea was at least a slight of a deviation from the usual vampire lore. But the atrocity that is the movie is going to mean lots of people never get to experience the books. Likewise, City of Bones. Ok, the books were no literary masterpiece, but they were nowhere near as bad as that bloody movie.
I realise that it’s a tough job being the person to adapt a much-loved (or even somewhat-loved) book to a movie – haters gonna hate. And, to be fair, I am usually one of those haters. There are very few adaptations that I can think of where the movie is better than the books, but the movie shouldn’t be so bad that it stops people from even wanting to read the book.
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