Hey everyone, Brandi here.
Ilona Andrews are currently crunching to meet their deadlines, so in the meantime I’ve been tasked with updating the blog. I was trying to find something entertaining to talk about, and I remembered something I had thought about earlier and wanted to hear yall’s opinions.
Recently, I saw a trailer for The Kid Wh0 Would Be King. Now, I am aware that The Kid Who Would Be King does not derive from a book. However, its campiness and YA-oriented approach reminded me of what I personally consider to be one of the worst book-t0-film adaptations in existence.
I’m talking, of course, about the movie adaptation of Rick Riordian’s Percy Jackson & The Olympians. The book series had been an actual page turner for me, each novel being better than the last. I was so disappointed when all that promise was somehow dwindled away by a cheap and lazy rendition on the big screen that didn’t reflect or even really resemble the novel at all.
It wasn’t so much the casting that bothered me (personally, I loved Brandon T. Jackson as Grover) but the complete and utter disregard of the original plot and details. I was so frustrated as I watched it, because I actually went to the theater to see this and had been expecting one of my favorite books come alive visually only to be wildly disappointed.
I feel like movie renditions of books can either be absolutely amazing or completely horrible. I imagine a big reason behind this is the pressure to appeal to a mainstream audience who hasn’t read the books but may see the movie. But then the question is who are you really making the film for? Do you take a chance on that mass appeal or do you want to at least get the core fans of the books to buy a movie ticket?
The fans appreciate the attention to detail. With realistic expectations, we understand that it’s impossible to completely recreate the novel with actors because of the length of the narrative and books being a different media. But we want filmmakers to at least try. We still want a good story, not a patchy mess of random scenes from the book jammed together into an hour and a half of screen time.
I suppose my question for y’all today is what novel series would you hope to see one day as a feature film? And which already existing book to movie adaptation would you like to see redone, and why?