When it comes to books and their movie adaptations, I’m with the “Books are Better” team. It is rare that I’ll like a movie more than its book counterpart… and I’ll often complain when the movies aren’t true to the books. In fact, I remember complaining so much about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so much during the screening that ultimately one employee had to come and told me to hush. I know, I know… I fell into two mistakes there; disrupting the peace of the theatre and breaking the If-you-don’t-like-it-don’t-[insert verb here]-it rule. But since the third book was my favourite, and since it got butchered in the movie, I felt considerably aggravated.
But never mind my teenage mishaps. I assure you I’ve learned from my mistakes, but all that is not relevant here. Not entirely.
While I still prefer books over movies, I still can’t help but imagine my own books as movies. That was fueled recently by reviews I’ve received for Puppet Parade, where a couple of people remarked that it would be great as amovie. I would love to see my characters and the world I created on screen. I can picture them all in my head; I’ve got a mini theatre in there, but movie magic is something else entirely. I’ve even gone as far as trying to decide what actors would best suit the characters… like I’d even have a say in that, haha. Honestly, I don’t care who plays the roles as long as they stay as true as possible to the book and portray my characters properly, the way I always imagine them (it would be terrible if I disliked my own movie adaptation!).
I know that it’s mostly bestsellers that get turned into movies… books that everyone has heard of and have a large fanbase. My book is still obscure, and it will probably be many years before it gathers a fanbase… if any. But one can hope! One can hope, with the increase in producing movie adaptations, that one day some brilliant director willsomehowhear of the book, that they will decide that it could indeed make a good movie. That would be like a dream come true.
How about you, readers? Do you ever picture your books as movies? I’m sure I’m not the only one!