Whilst movie and TV adaptations of our favourite books bring an array of feelings to the fandom – excitement over seeing characters brought to life, dread over it being done wrong – it’s a universally acknowledged fact that the book will always be better than the adaptation.
…Or will it?
Today’s secret is something quite controversial, but it’s the truth: I preferred the movie to the book.
Can I still call myself a bookworm? Am I going to be banned from the bookish community?! Books and their adaptations are quite a controversial topic, with fandoms being divided by a five worded question:
The book or the adaptation?
I love books, and I’m normally happy to hear when an adaptation is in the works. It’s a chance to see characters that I love up on the screen, and see what other people envisioned this work of fiction to be.
But there are some terrible adaptations out there. Whilst not all adaptations fail, a lot will never live up to the book they are based upon, and some book fans make their opinions on this very known (which I’ve been known to do, just ask my friends what I think about The Mortal Instruments movie).
Here’s the deal:
The Duff is possibly one of my favourite movies ever. It’s full of hilarious quips and always puts me in a great mood when I’m feeling down. (And it has Robbie Amell in it, so there’s that too haha!)
The Duff novel is completely different. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book! I feel like it tackled some really important issues, which the adaptation sort of side-stepped. I can’t completely remember what happened in the book, but I know I felt pretty disappointed upon finishing it.
The thing was I enjoyed the movie mainly because of how funny it was, and the book didn’t really have that aspect to it. Due to them being so different, I think it really was down to the fact I saw the movie first, so I expected something different from the book. I can easily see if being the other way round if I’d read the book first.
But I didn’t. And so now here I am, with the fact that I preferred the movie adaptation to the book is was based upon.
What are your thoughts on books and their adaptations – can an adaptation ever be better?