Books vs. Film Adaptations

Hey, guys!

Have you ever read a book and fell in love with it? And when it is adapted into film, you’re so excited to see it? But when you see it, it falls short of your expectations?

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I think there are a few reasons why this is the case:

  • The film doesn’t match our interpretation of the book. When reading the book before seeing the film, we form our own opinions of what characters and places look like, how characters act or speak, etc. And when the book is adapted into film, it may not match the images we had in our minds.
  • Certain details may be left out. Films, of course, have a certain amount of run time they have to fit the story into. And so, not every single detail can be included. So the filmmakers have to decide what details to keep in or to take out. And this can cause readers a bit of frustration.
  • Certain details may be changed. This is another thing that can cause readers some frustration. Filmmakers can make the decision to change certain details of the original story to fit the adapted narrative they’re filming. This can cause problems for readers seeing the adaptation because certain major plot points or characters may be drastically changed from the original.

All of these things combined can cause readers to be less than impressed with a film adaptation.

They may have fallen in love with a book and expected the film to have much of that same wonder. But the film often falls short of the story it’s adapting.

On its own the film may be decent, or maybe even great. But when put side by side with the book, it loses some of its greatness.

Not all films fall short though.

Yes, some details have to be changed or left out. But it still holds much of what drew readers in to the story originally. And when a film is like this, readers can still fall in love with it.

What are some of your favorite or least favorite film adaptations? Let me know in the comments below!

-Victoria

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