I don’t think of creating movies based on film as bastardizing the novels as some do, but maybe our views depend upon expectations. Most readers I know rarely find a film made of a favorite novel “as good as the book.” Yet for them, a read translated to and laid on celluloid can add a new dimension to the living-book experience, the way we think and fantasize and dream about novels and their characters, time periods, etc., long after we’ve flipped back cover on “The End.”
Clearly, some of us find abhorrent the creation of films based on classic novels we’ve been fortunate enough to read and maybe study. But often young folks who’ve seen the flicks but not read the novels they’re based upon -- or who’ve not been particularly jazzed about reading – will afterward buy the books. And actually read them.
Then there’s a curious “back atcha’” phenomenon of creating books from hit movies. For instance, imagine my surprise to find a book available based upon the movie I’m most mortifyingly obsessed with, Ron Howard’s, “Far and Away.” Long before I’d read my first romance – so I guess I’m saying I didn’t realize the film qualifies as one -- I fell in love with this story of a scrappy Irish-Catholic immigrant Tom Cruise and
the feisty, wealthy Irish-Protestant girl, Nicole Kidman, who runs away with him to America to find fortune and adventure in the great Oklahoma Land Rush of 1893.
I kid you not: If this film is on, I will Velcro eyeballs to any part. And, frankly, there probably isn’t an editor who’d buy a romance based on this movie; it’s kind of over-the-top. But you need to experience why that’s so awesome, so do enjoy the trailer below!
What are you hoping for when you see a movie based upon a favorite book? What are some you think are successful? Tell us the movie you most love – and are most embarrassed about! How do you feel about books made from movies?
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Michelle Buonfiglio writes daily about romance fiction at BN’s Heart to Heart and RomanceBuytheBook.com and Tuesdays at BN’s Unabashedly Bookish. Buonfiglio also authors the popular RBTB NEWs romance e-newsletter.
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