Good Morning Everybody,
Ever noticed the influx of movies that are based on books? Maybe this has been a trend for a long time, but lately I've been noticing it more than ever.
For instance, Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is a beloved children's book, one that I've read and many of my siblings have read and come October 16th it'll be a movie.
I found out that Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is an actual children's novel (by Judi Barrett). I discovered this one day when walking around Barnes & Noble.
The Twilight Saga is expecting the second installment on November 20th (New Moon) and the 3rd one on June 30, 2010 (Eclipse) and there's different speculation about the 4th book (Breaking Dawn) becoming a movie (perhaps in 2 parts). Then, if you go to Stephenie Meyer's website, you'll find out her adult sci-fi, The Host is in the early stages of movie planning.
Not to mention how many Nicholas Sparks books have become movies. To name a few, Message In A Bottle, A Walk To Remember, The Notebook, Nights In Rodanthe; there's 2 more coming out probably in 2010. The Lucky One is in production.
Also, if you look around, you'll find there's various renditions of Jane Austen novels, Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Sense & Sensibility, to name the titles I've noticed...there might even be more out.
I've also found out a book I recently read and loved (and do recommend), Alex Flinn's Beastly is due in theaters on July 2010.
What is it about books that makes people want to make them into movies? Is it the fan base? The storyline? The potential expanded readership/viewership? The expanse of choices out there? I think it's all of the above.
Sometimes people like the book better, and on a few occasions, there's those who prefer the movie over the book.
There's some authors who have no desire to sell their rights to film makers. There's others who jump at the chance to see their characters come to life on the big screen. But sometimes it's exciting to know that a book you liked becomes a movie.
So, what are some of your favorite books to movies? What did you like about them? Would you mind having your books become movies (whether you're published or unpublished) or do you care?
Personally, I'd make that decision if and when the question arose. For now, I'm just concentrating on the writing and creating. Like I said, if the question of a movie of my stories comes up, I'll make the decision then.
Have A Merry Monday!