You're The Voice: Introducing Susan
Hey everyone, I’m Susan, a year 9 student from a school in Fitzroy, and I spend way too much time on Tumblr and swooning over fictional characters (don’t we all?). Currently, I cannot get enough of all of Marvel’s Avengers, Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, BBC Series Sherlock Holmes and anything Richelle Mead.
Welcome, Susan, this month's You're The Voice contributor!
Needless to say that book to movie adaptations can spark all kinds of reactions. There are amazing ones and there are awful ones, though it varies for each person. So now I shall tell you guys my views on them.
Twilight -yes of course I was going to mention Twilight- there are so so so many things to say. Before the movie was released, I, personally, had read the books already and my hopes and expectations were very high. But then, when I came out of the theatre I found myself thinking, “What was that? I am so disappoiNTED AND SHOCKED AND WHAT JUST HAPPENED I CAN’T.” I told myself throughout the movie that it would get better and that I would love it but I just didn’t.
It was terrible.
There were so many girls I knew who loved the movie, and I didn’t get why. I later discovered that most of them hadn’t read the books and were mostly swooning over R. Patz and Taylor Lautner. So does this mean that by not reading the books, people are more likely to enjoy the movie? Or that hot actors blind poor teenage girls into thinking that they enjoy the movie? Hm.
I think that reading the book before hand sets a standard for people and the readers know that there were things being missed out on or couldn’t be portrayed as well as in the book, so they are more critical about the movie.
I personally enjoyed the Harry Potter and the Hunger Games films. I would have hated it if those went downhill! (CAN YOU IMAGINE). No doubt people are also excited for upcoming movie adaptations, like Fallen or The Mortal Instruments series.
I think people need to be more aware of how much effort goes into the making of movie adaptions though, and that it won’t please everyone. I see many people wanting their favourite books on the big screen and they don’t realise that it’s a lot more than just casting and acting, and takes a long LONG time. The motion picture rights need to be bought firstly (hopefully by a decent producer), the most suitable and cooperative studio found, budgeting, loans, and a lot of media and attention is needed so they are sure they won’t go downhill. Also books are on average 500 pages and movie scripts are 100, a lot of scenes are cut and not everything can fit in the movie!
(Yes this was mainly inspired by my conflicted feelings on Vampire Academy becoming a movie ohgodwhatifiscompletelyterrible noiwillforcemyselftoloveit)