With all the books to movies coming out (Or had previously came out), I feel that this is something that I need to talk about. There are several different views on this. Many would agree that when a book you love comes to the big screen, you get all excited. I love seeing my my favorite characters come to life and go on the incredible journey that I had only read about (pun intended. your welcome). My favorite books to movies being “Howl’s Moving Castle”, “The Twilight Saga”, “Scott Pilgrim”, and “Memoirs of a Geisha.”
One of the major differences that most people freak out about, myself included, are the casting decisions. It’s important to get the beloved characters right. These are the people that you’ve spent hours, days, weeks, and sometimes years with; and if the idiots at Tinsel Town didn’t get them spot on, and I mean exactly right, then we the fans go crazy.
Robert Duvall as Boo Radley in “To Kill a Mockingbird”
A perfect example would be the “The Twilight Series”. Casting Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as Edward and Bella made a lot of fans incredibly angry. Robert, as funny and charming as I know him now, was not the ever perfect and flawless Edward that he was in the books. And well Kristen Stewart is frankly not the gorgeous, witty, sarcastic, and ubber self-conscience that Bella is from the book. I feel that many of the Twitards would agree with me on the subject. I also think that the casting for Boo Radley in the 1960s movie to “Kill a Mockingbird” wasn’t very good either. Yes, the movie version was rather creepy, but when I read the book I imagined him to be more like one of the crazy people from “The Hills Have Eyes.” I think that there are only three casting calls that I would say are spot on. Those would be Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black in “The Twilight Saga”, Suzuka Ohgo as Chiyo from “Memiors of a Geisha”, and practically all the characters except for Micheal from “Howl’s Moving Castle” (I know that it’s an animated movie, but Studio Ghibli did an amazing job with it).
Another reason a lot of people dislike movie adaptations of books is that they take out or change parts that were in the books. While the people in Hollywood think that they were insignificant and didn’t matter at all to the story line, we the fans are heart broken that little moments that usually play into a character’s, well, character are taken out. It’s like being in on an inside joke that only you and that character or group of characters know. It makes you feel…. good. Honestly, I can see why Hollywood would do this. Movies can’t be 17 hours long, even though we the book lovers would love it if they were. I would give examples of this, but there are so many that I can’t even begin where to start.
Because of these two seemingly unavoidable things, some would HATE if a book that they loved would be ‘slaughtered’ by the movie industry. Some would say that we fans who obsess about everything being exactly as they were in the book are asking for too much. The movie is an adaptation, and is nothing more than a movie with characters who have the same names and follow a similar storyline. That it’s exactly that, an adaptation. Personally, I would LOVE a 17 hour movie with every little detail from the book with casting from a fellow devoted fan.
Does anyone have any other opinions? Anything to add?