Discussion: Book to Screen Adaptations

Hello everyone, and welcome back!

It’s been a brutally busy couple of weeks, so today I just wanted to take a moment to chat with all of you.

It feels like no more than a couple of weeks go by before another YA book adaptation is hitting the big screen or out on Netflix these days. Before I Fall was just out in theatres and on March 31st, 13 Reasons Why is hitting Netflix. (They’re spelling it with the number. The book used Thirteen. I don’t know why. But maybe there are…thirteen reasons?)

13 Reasons Why

I talked a bit in my most recent post about adaptations and how I think they can actually improve books I am on the fence about, but usually for books I love, there are some great moments, but I always like the books better overall.

How do you feel about book to screen adaptations? Do you prefer movies or TV shows? What are the pros and cons to you? Are there any you’re looking forward to? 

Let me know in the comments! And I’ll be back to you with book reviews on Friday!

One thought on “Discussion: Book to Screen Adaptations

  1. Bobby Bookman says:

    I think that the best kinds of adaptations are the ones that can adapt the strengths of one medium to another. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, for example, deals a lot with empathy, which is something that’s a lot easier to do in print than in film since you can specifically describe feelings, whereas showing them is a lot harder. That book’s adaptation, Bladerunner, pretty much gets ride of the whole empathy theme, and it instead takes advantage of being a visual medium by its really gorgeous and brutalist visuals.

    Adaptations can also be cool when they’re kind of aware that they’re adaptations and don’t try to do exactly what the book did. The Dark Tower movie (spoilers) apparently takes place after the end of the last book, while also being an adaptation of the first book. That book series ends with the story restarting, so I think that this is a fun way of doing a book adaptation. The fact that that series involves characters from plenty of King’s stories as well as King himself I think makes this adaptation strategy an interesting way of continuing that sort of pomo, intertextual theme from the books.

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