Basically: “THEY CHANGED THE BOOK”

Basically: “THEY CHANGED THE BOOK”

Kayce Fuentes, Staff Writer

I have a confession to make, get ready for this one, I’m sick and tired of seeing books turned into movies, there I said it. I bet you can think of at least five book turned movies that came out in the last two years. Don’t get me wrong I am an avid reader and I love seeing my favorite characters come to life on the big screen so a wider audience can enjoy their story as much as I do. It’s just that sometimes, Hollywood really twists up a beautiful story and turns it into nothing special.

I could go on and on about terrible film adaptations of books, but I’ll just pick an easy target. Twilight. Granted that Twilight was already a terrible story, was it really worth it to make a terrible movie? Flashback to 2008 Kayce, absolutely obsessed with Edward Cullen the whole shebang (the seventh grade was a dark time for all of us), and then they announced they were making twilight into a movie. I swear if thirteen year olds could die from happiness, I wouldn’t be the super embarrassed author of this column right now.

So, I went to the premier, then I went home and actually cried because of how terrible it was. After that, I hated twilight, I threw out all the posters and donated my books to the local library. It was from that day on I decided no movie was ever going to do a book justice.

I have to admit though, there have been some pretty good adaptations of books such as Harry Potter, If I Stay, The Fault in our Stars. I might be pretty biased since it is my favorite book AND movie, but I consider the best book adaptation to be Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The whole screenplay was perfection, and it was mainly because the writer of the screenplay was, you guessed it, Chbosky himself.

Honestly, to have a good book to movie, it doesn’t have to have every single small detail of the book. There were a lot of things left out of the Perks movie, but I believe It didn’t take away from the story. Sometimes, Hollywood tries to fidget with an author’s work to fit their own image of the story and it just ruined the whole thing, (cough cough Maze Runner). For book to movies to be successful, it takes a lot of director and author communication, which is why adaptations like Harry Potter were so fantastic.

We should just skip the whole anticipation of book to movie and just leave the books as books, as nature intended them. All the disappointment of a terrible movie based off a great book completely ruins the story and readers are never able to recover their love for the original story. Also, let’s hurry up this revolution against book-movies because I swear if I see another John Green novel turned into a movie I’m going to lose it.