Resolving the Ultimate Feud: Books and their Movie Adaptations

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The feuds between book-lovers and movie-lovers over the years have been legendary, especially when it revolves around a book being made into a movie.

As more and more books are being made into movies (just right now, The Sun is Also a Star is one of the most looked-forward-to movies), I feel it’s time to finally settle things: are you a book lover or a movie-adaptation-lover?

I know I’m biased (this is a book blog, people!), but I have to choose books. There’s only so much that CGI is capable of, and reading words on a page allow you to imagine things for yourself. If a book is adapted into a movie, it limits people’s perceptions of a book. Take Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, for example. I’ve known people who refuse to read the book simply because the movie was terrible.

Granted, Percy Jackson is its own book-to-movie horror. Consider it to be the He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named of the YA movie adaptations world.

Now, some movie adaptations follow the book closely and do a really good job of it (take the entire Hunger Games trilogy/movie quartet). I also thought that, for the most part, movies that adapt contemporary YA novels do a good job; take Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall or Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. It follows the storyline while also being successful movies because the actors get into the minds of the characters.

Some even leave incredibly lasting impacts. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars book was breathtaking enough, but the movie helped the views emotionally connect to Hazel and Augustus.

So why do some, like The Darkest Minds, seem to crash in the box office? To me, the answer is simple: the trailers don’t seem to do the book justice. The movie seemed incoherent and flat compared to the book.

Ultimately, it boils down to this: movies don’t always have the same effect as books. While the books can delve into the minds of each character, movies have to rely on facial expressions and excellent acting to get the point across. Images fade over time, but words can be engrained into the mind of a person.

Honestly, though, does it really matter if the movies are worse than the books? Us book lovers are going to go to the theaters and watch the movies with rapt attention anyway, right?

So let me know what you think! Are you a movie-adaptation person, a book person, or both?

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