We live in a unique society where our ideas can go from being dreams etched on a page to something that we can actually see. Film adaptations are books that have been adapted into movies. I think that this is the best thing that has ever happened for both the film and the writing industries. Viewers who have read and loved a book can look forward to watching the film adaptation. Likewise, people who see the movie and love it will then have more interest in actually reading the book. Book adaptations generate awareness for stories that sometimes get overlooked on the shelf. It increases the likelihood of reading a book in a society that is becoming more and more dependent on technology. This is wonderful because it gives people a chance to slow down and get off their smart phone.
Just look at the amount of book adaptations that have hit the big screen this year or are coming out in the upcoming year. Hunger Games, The Hobbit, City of Bones, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower– even the new James Bond movie Skyfall is a book adaptation. The Twilight series and the Harry Potter movies were all book adaptations and they were phenomenal. A large part of the success of these movies can be attributed to the framework previously established in the books. The novels have all the building blocks for a film already built into them. Their stories are visually descriptive and have well-rounded characters that find themselves in situations that are just perfect for a two-hour movie.
I live in both of these worlds. I am a film major at San Diego State University and a lover and writer of novels. How cool is it that as a writer I can believe that maybe one day my story will be told to hundred of thousands through a movie. People will be able to see my story and experience the tale as I envisioned it as I was writing it. Now you can’t say that isn’t cool. So let your dreams run wild. Live in a world of paper and ink, dream big and your dream may just become have expanded from a page to a big screen.
Here is a brief list of film adaptations from books that you can find on your local bookstore shelf:
- The Host
- The Raven
- Les Miserables
- Anna Karenina
- The Great Gatsby
(For a larger list check out this link: 2012 a Year of Book-to-Film Adaptations)
A few favorite titles are being developed into movies. Check out their sites for more information.