What do you think of film adaptations? Do film adaptations ruin the book for you or do you like them?
My dislike for film adaptations started with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The thing is, this one has been my favourite book out of all 7. I re-read it several times at the time and I just couldn’t get enough of it. And then the film came out and it ruined everything. They literally cut every single one of my favourite scenes out. All of them. I still think it’s been the most boring film in the series and it’s not just me – most of my friends said the exact same thing. And this is when I became sceptical about film adaptations in general. Things only got worse since then.
I’ve two main concerns in connection with these films. The first one is that I’m quite a visual person – whenever I read a book, I always get an idea of how the characters or the place looks like quite early on. When I read a dialogue, I always have an idea about people’s voices or accents too. With films, you don’t have this kind of freedom since everything is given. And you just have to accept the fact that people don’t talk the way you thought they would, they dress differently, they look different. The second thing is that they alter the plot. It’s understandable, since the film would be freakishly long if they recorder every single thing that’s been written in the book – but with my luck, they either leave out my favourite scenes or they simply add things that never been there in the first place. The best example for this is Bridget Jones’s Diary. I’m sure most of you saw the film since it’s quite popular, but have you read the book as well? You wouldn’t believe how different it is! When, after seeing the film, I picked up the book and read it, I was like… what the heck? It’s full of things that have never even been mentioned in the film. That being said, I think this is the only case where, even though film and book are totally different, I love both versions equally.
Throughout the years, I realized two things:
1. If I read the book first and then watch the film, in 99% of the cases I’ll be disappointed.
2. If I watch the film first and then read the book for the first time, I’ll probably like it since I’ll already have an idea about how everyone looks like, where the story is set, etc. It usually works this way. I might be surprised how different the film and the book are, but in most cases, it’s a rather pleasant surprise.And again, in 99% of the cases, I’ll prefer the book.
What do you guys think of film adaptations? Do you like them? Do you prefer books as well or you like both?