This past weekend, I was really looking forward to the release of the films based on two books I loved. I avidly read the press just to get a sense of how true the movie makers were to the author’s intended story. One review was glowing, while the piece on the second was so off putting, that after reading it, I have no intention of seeing the film.
The first is The Help based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett (“ ‘The Help': ’60s Racism in Black and White,” behind the WSJ paywall). I loved the book and felt the author captured an important time and place in our country. From what I read about the movie, it does the same. I am really looking forward to seeing it.
The second movie is based on another wonderful novel I read recently—One Day by David Nicholls (“Fitting ‘One Day’ Into Two Hours, also in the WSJ).This is the story of two people who meet initially on the night of their college graduation and then again on the same day for the next twenty-five years. But the movie covers only eight of those meetings and I cannot imagine how it could capture the real essence of the book by cutting out virtually two-thirds of it. Ironically, this screenplay was adapted by the author and the movie was made by a new film division of the publishing company that published the book in the U.S. Sadly, I have no desire to see the movie after reading the article.
So my question is why can’t movie makers be more faithful to the books they are basing their films on?
I, for one, am so looking forward to seeing the movie(s) based on The Hunger Games, and I really hope the film makers don’t “get all creative” and screw up those stories. That would be an incredible shame considering the huge potential audience now that the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises are ending.
I wonder what books-turned-movies you are looking forward to. Which recent movies based on books have you liked and which disappointed you?