Monday, April 15, 2013

Young Adult Books Made Into Movies

I am a firm believer that books that are made into movies are never as good as reading the book.  After all, books require the author to create vivid settings and character descriptions so that the reader uses his imagination to visualize the story unfolding. Also, when you read a book, you might get a glimpse into the character's motivations and thoughts whereas a movie can't show you a character's internal struggle. 

A great example of this is in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  I enjoyed this book and imagined the characters in my mind.  I had a definite vision for Peeta including his physical appearance as well as his demeanor.  Well, although I really think the movie was pretty good, I was quite disappointed in the casting choice for Peeta. Josh Hutcherson didn't do a bad job but I had imagined Peeta as a big, tall, and strong young man.  Hutcherson just didn't fit my imaginative interpretation of the character. 

Another example of this is with the Twilight series. I read this series before the movies ever came out.  Again, I had a definite picture of Edward and Bella in my mind and my picture did not include Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart.  Now, with all of the movie hype and because I have seen them all, I will always imagine Edward and Bella as these actors instead of the characters born of Stephenie Meyer's character descriptions in the novels. 

The bottom line is enjoy the movies, but read the books too.  So many students miss out on wonderful novels because they have already seen the movie.  I promise most of the time you will always find the book better than any movie interpretation.  After all, the fun of reading is painting pictures in your mind so that you feel like you are experiencing the novel first hand and not through the eyes of a director.  Come on, give it a try!

Below is a list of some popular titles made into movies in the last few years.  Read them!

Catching Fire Trailer

Beautiful Creatures Trailer


Mortal Instruments Trailer