A couple of weeks ago while watching a bunch of different booktubers I came across a video by BooksAndLala where she talked about all of the upcoming TV or movie adaptations of books which inspired me to talk about why I love adaptations of stories that I love!
I am sure most of us have adaptations of our favorite books that we wish didn’t exist or had been done differently but I like to concentrate on the positive side of things rather than dwelling on what could have been!
You Get To See Characters And Worlds Come To Life
This is probably one of the most exciting things for me because I am very bad about visualizing characters or worlds that are being described in books which is why I can’t picture actors as characters. Usually, I will have seen fancasts or actual casting announcements and I will just go from there. Once I have seen a picture of a character pop up over and over again, that’s pretty much what I see whenever the character is mentioned in the story (see: Rhysand as drawn by Charlie Bowater).
Which is why I love seeing a book I enjoyed come to life on the big or small screen! I never had a picture of what Thomas from The Maze Runner trilogy looked like and then they cast Dylan O’Brien and I was like ‘Yes. That’s Thomas.’. Whenever I finally get around to reading Harry Potter you can bet any amount of money on the fact that I will be picture Daniel, Rupert and Emma as their respective characters while reading.
You Get To See Characters Be Developed Further
I don’t think any work of fiction is ever perfect which results in characters having flaws that you might have really disliked while reading a book (see: me with Clary in The Mortal Instruments). The great thing about adapting this story is that the writers have the chance to the work on things that didn’t work and change them for their version of the story. This happened with Clary and Alec on Shadowhunters and I couldn’t be more excited about it!
If you were to compare book!Clary and Alec to their show counterparts you would definitely see differences in how they are characterized. For example, book!Alec needed a fearless rune to finally be able to say what he was thinking and he was portrayed as this shadowhunter who stood in Jace’s shadow in a way. On the show, Alec isn’t afraid to speak up (even if it may take him a bit to get to the point of speaking up sometimes) and he is a great shadowhunter who kicks some serious ass! I love him.
Clary isn’t a whiny 15-year-old girl anymore who judges Izzy for her clothing and constantly talks herself down and compares herself to women around her and looks for all the things she is ‘missing’ – I thought that was really annoying about the book character. On the show, Clary (as well as everyone else) has been aged up and she’s a lot more secure in herself and her relationship with Izzy is awesome from the beginning!
You Get To Re-Live A Story Over And Over Again In A Different Form Of Media
You guys might know that I am a big fan of reliving your favorite stories by re-reading books (as I talked about in a previous post) and with an adaptation of that favorite book you actually get to relive the story in a different form of media too! How fun is that?
I regularly hear about people re-watching the Harry Potter movies every couple of months (it seems) or other well-loved book adaptations and that fills me with so much joy for those people because they get to have that second version of their favorite book that they can dive into whenever they feel like it!
You Get More People Interested In A Book You Love
Don’t we all want to make more people read stories we enjoyed too? Or help a book we love to reach a wider audience? I feel like adaptations are a great way to do it! I don’t know how many non-readers watch a movie or show and think ‘Oh, I should pick up the books too!’ once they find out it’s based on a book but I often hear bookworms talking about how they heard about a particular adaptation hitting cinemas soon and now they want to read the book too so they can watch the movie. And that’s just beautiful.
Sometimes even just the news of a book being adapted for TV for a film will motivate bookworms to pick up a book they might not have picked up otherwise and that’s awesome! One more person to potentially fall in love with something you love too and hopefully fangirl with! And any extra sells of a book an author can get? That’s awesome too! We always talk about how we should support authors more and an adaptation and the exposure due to it is a great way for sure!
What About You?
How do you feel about book adaptions? Are you #TeamAdaptation or are you on the side of #PleaseStayAwayFromMyFavoriteBook? Or does your opinion change depending on who is involved with a project? Do you pay attention to that when you’re trying to decide if you want to watch the movie or not? Let’s discuss in the comments below!
If there are any adaptations you’re excited about, let me know! I feel like there are so many things coming out that it’s difficult to keep track sometimes!