Books for Thought is where I post a discussion topic related to books, reading, writing, or something pertaining to one of the three. I hope you’ll join in, and discuss today’s topic of
book adaptations (that i never want)
A lot of books have been adapted into TV shows and movies, and a large portion of them are YA novels. Twilight, The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, The Book Thief, Love, Simon, Everything, Everything, The Hate U Give, The Darkest Minds, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars… the list goes on. I think it’s okay to say that some adaptations don’t really hit the mark. This can be because of the actors, the script, the changes made to the story to make it fit for screen. Either way, some adaptations are great and some certainly are not great.
I can’t say whether I’m an overall fan of adaptations or not because I do love some of them out there, and there are some cases where I have only seen the adaptation and not read the original text (so sue me). Regardless of this, though, there are some books I never want to see adapted because the adaptation could never possibly live up to the perfection of the original text. And here they are:
Even though I just read this book last month it quickly became one of my favourites. The story centres on August and Jack and their codependent, sometimes toxic, relationship. I honestly don’t think that casting people could ever find two boys to fit these roles. I think Jack would be the harder of the two to cast because of his personality changes, and the many different sides he has to him. I just can’t see anyone capturing the perfection of these boys.
Unlike in a lot of movies, where the protagonist and their love interest are the main characters and thus an adaptation would only really require two perfect castings… The Diviners has eight POV characters that would all need to be cast perfectly. In terms of characters I don’t think anyone could capture correctly, I think Evie and Sam would be the hardest, followed by Theta. The characters in The Diviners are so nuances and multi-faceted, even though at times they all choose to show different parts of themselves to different people.
I also think that the setting and the atmosphere of the books would be hard to capture on screen. I think the only thing I’d love to see in adaptation of The Diviners would be all the 1920s clothes. But the clothes aren’t worth seeing my favourite series adapted badly.
When I think about it, there’s a possibility that an adaptation of Sloppy Firsts could be done well. But it would rely on SO many factors, most of all being who they cast as Marcus. I think Marcus was one of my very first book boyfriends, and thus remains dear to my heart.
I remember I was either 13 or 14 when I first read this book and I adored every minute of it. It remains to this day one of the few books that have made me laugh out loud. But I wouldn’t want these funny aspects to be taken too far. Yes, Sloppy Firsts can be funny but it’s also a very emotional book and I wouldn’t want that to be buried under an attempt to make it a “funny” movie adaptation.
There is just far too much that could go wrong with an adaptation of Fangirl. Much like I said about Sloppy Firsts and the funny aspect, I feel like Cath’s quirkiness/weirdness/introvert-ness could be taken too far and they’d ruin her character. Also, I would be livid if they either a) took out the fanfic aspect, or b) made fun of it. Fangirl is perfect as a book.
Valek. No one could perfectly capture Valek. Also other characters like Ari and Janco, who are sweet and playful. I think maybe the perfect person could be found for Yelena, but I think they would have to search for and wide for the actor that could take on the challenge of portraying Yelena and not stuff it up.
But, you might say, The Raven Cycle IS being adapted into a TV show! Yes, I will reply, but that doesn’t mean I want to see it adapted.
I was certainly not ecstatic when the news was announced that TRC was being made into a TV show. I am very wary of who they will cast as Blue and the boys. Whether they will hetero-wash Ronan and Adam. How they’ll bring the magic to life. I am not looking forward to it whatsoever. I don’t know if I’ll watch it. I don’t know if I’ll look back on these words and want to eat them because I was wrong. Let’s hope I am because I really don’t want to see this perfection adapted into a shitty TV show.
What about you? What are some books you don’t want to see adapted?