I had a thought this morning about turning books into a movie or series. Is it every writer’s goal to get a movie deal or do some writers cringe at the idea?
As someone who has always entertained the idea of writing a novel or autobiography, I had the idea that the end goal would always be to get a movie deal. For me, the reason behind this comes from my years of closing myself in my room with a good book and then escaping into the story. And after reading each book, I always wished that I could see how someone else interpreted it or how the author intended for certain scenes to be interpreted.
Of course, as a writer, I can see how you would want a movie deal, but I can also see how you wouldn’t want one. Your characters are written in such a way but there might never be anyone who can truly capture the essence of what you wrote. Or maybe, you created the scene in such a way that you want the reader to see the world from their own point of view, their own perspective. Then a movie makes everyone see the scene the way the creators of the movie have seen the world. It changes everything. It can, and does, put a bias on the book by the audience.
I’ve been listening to the book, “Younger” by Pamela Redmond, as I am a huge fan of the show. Let me tell you, the book is very different down to the names and occupations of some of our favorite characters. At first, this was difficult for me. I had come to know and love the series characters so much, that diving into the book and loving these characters, these variations, almost alternate reality versions of who they originally were written to be was disappointing. I came into listening to this book with a bias placed on me by having already watched the show. After getting through almost half the book now, I’ve come to love the differences and find myself separating the book from the show.
I’ve had to do this with the Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice, Gossip Girl and other favorite shows and movies of mine.
On the other hand, it gives me, as the reader or viewer, another medium to keep the story going and keep falling in love with the story in different ways. At the end of the day, books and movies are both just mediums, right? And when I’m in love with a story, I want to enjoy it every way I can.