Whenever I am truly passionate about a book, I hope it will be adapted for the screen. I want to see the story unfold visually and the characters interact.
Then when it does come out, I can’t wait to see what choices have been made. There’s so much to evaluate.
- How successfully have they cast the characters we’ve come to know and love?
- Have they captured the essential tone/feel of the created world?
- Which aspects of the narrative have they emphasized or discarded?
- Have they maintained the Core Thing, whatever it is, that we love most?
And so on.
Sometimes, the changes made to the story are smart, and we go home happy enough. Sometimes, they’re downright unfathomable, and we go home sputtering about, say, the unnecessarily added character or incredibly absurd ending.
No matter what, I enjoy pondering the relationship between the original and the adaptation. Sometimes, they seem like different things altogether. Case in point: Charlaine Harris’s wonderful Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries. Anyone who has read the series then watched True Blood is aware of the epic variations between the two, particularly in storyline and tone. And yet, they are both very satisfying in completely different ways (I liked the books better, of course, because #books4ever).
All of this raises the questions: what are the books or series you love that you’d like to see adapted? And whom would you cast as the leading characters?