When my boyfriend and I first began our courtship, we had a ritualized weekend routine that included dinner, drinks, movies, drinks, friends. This was a superb arrangement for the both of us—him for the cheapness of the date, me for the good time I was in dire need of at that point in my life. That space of time has made me realize that, as much as I am a reader, I am a HUGE fan of a well-told story in the form of movies. I have a few thoughts on this crossover project. This is the first.
The Film Fascination with the Writing World
It's no secret that filmmakers have for years been using their skill and utilities to take a novel and turn it into a movie. Some of them, the audience isn't even aware of a "book version," i.e. The Shining (Stephen King—among many, many others—although it's common to see this novelist's books splashed on the silver screen these days), Along Came a Spider (James Patterson) and The Phantom of the Opera (Gaston Leroux), to name a few. I mean, come on. Dracula (Bram Stoker) was published in the 1800's for Pete's sake.
So, to say that the line between the two is blurred would be an apposite assessment of the phenomenon. I don't want to say that it all started with Harry Potter series (for fear of disregarding constants like Stephen King whose books are almost a go-to for movie production), but it's a good place to derive the popularity of transference from words on a page to silver screen fun. Children, teenagers and longsuffering parents have been following Harry and his friends around England for years. As everyone who doesn't live under a rock has noticed, the Harry Potter series, both the book and movie versions, have come to an end. J. K. Rowling retired Hogwarts on both fronts. There was this whole big thing between Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows and Breaking Dawn Part 1 (which premiered almost simultaneously) because... why?
|"Preferred Cedric." Wink, wink, nudge.|
|Not quite to the tune of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.|
|Indeed may the odds be ever in your favor.|
It never ends, people.
Not that I'm complaining! It's a wonderful thing, seeing a world come to life that before you only had imaginary thoughts of. And to think that it's true to the book (for the most part—commendable! So commendable)!
But that only begs the question... what will the Next Big Thing be? Seems speculative at this point, but you can bet your bottom dollar it's comin'. It almost feels like a successful novel's endstate wraps up when movie production does, too. That is the only concern I have ifs, ands and buts about.
My name is Sierra R. Carrillo. I'm an avid reader, writer, editor and thinker. Feel free to contact me at any of my several avenues of approach—Goodreads for book reviews, permashift for thoughts on my blog, Facebook and Twitter for personal access.