I have some pretty strong opinions about books that are made into movies. I bet you do as well. They’re hard to pull off, and I find myself disappointed with many book to film adaptations for a number of reasons.

  1. The movies never look as good as the books do in my imagination (they always seems to get the setting or the characters wrong).
  2. Books take hours and hours to read, and movies are at most, 120 – 180 minutes. How can you fit all of those details into such a short period of time?
  3. Finally, it’s hard to translate a character’s inner thinking into something that’s visual without obtrusive narration.

What do you think? Can you come up with other reasons why books to movies don’t often work?

Book to film adaptations that I love:

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Lord of the Rings” trilogy

Book to film adaptations that I had a hard time watching:



Adaptations that will be in theaters soonish:

Life of Pi – In theaters November 21, 2012 – Directed by Ang Lee

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – In theaters September 14 – Directed by the novel’s author, Stephen Chbosky – Produced by John Malkovich

The Hobbit Directed by Peter Jackson, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” hits theaters on December 14, 2012 (This one book is being made into three movies!)

The Host–  In theaters March 29, 2013

Robopocalypse – In theaters April, 2014 – Directed by Steven Spielberg

(this is a book trailer)

Do you have any favorite movies that have been adapted from books? Any that were disappointing?

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