Category Archives: Books into Movies

Do You Dinosaur?

So, as many of you already know, jurassic-parksmallerJurassic Park, the 1993 movie has just come out in 3-D in movie theaters and will soon be available for the small screen. I love this movie, but I love the book that it’s based on even more. Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park came out in 1990. If you read it now, you’ll be surprised at how much the world has changed. The book talks about cray supercomputers and there are no cell phones. It’s still a scary book and it’s a lot darker than the movie. Interesting how books and movies take a different direction, isn’t it? What’s your favorite book that’s been made into a movie?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Movie!

Yes, it’s another young adult book that will be turned into a movie. And this time it’s the fantasy/dystopian/romance mash-up, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, part one in a planned trilogy. Universal pictures announced that it has aquired the film rights to the whole series, (and the whole series hasn’t even been released yet in book form. How’s that for fast work?) If you haven’t read the first one yet, give it a try. It’s the story of a 17 year old art student named Karou who lives in Prague. She’s an orphan who’s stepfather is a “wish monger,” someone who buys teeth and pays the sometimes questionable teeth sellers in “wish money” currency. The world that author Laini Taylor creates is original and fascinating. The next one in the trilogy, Days of Blood and Starlight has already made it on the New York Times best seller list. If you enjoyed the romance aspect of Hunger Games, you will not be disappointed!

A doll version of the character "Karou" in the book, "Daughter of Smoke and Bone

A doll version of the character “Karou” in the book, “Daughter of Smoke and Bone”

Making Books Into Movies

There’s nothing that I hate more then when some big, important director or writer runs out of ideas. Because when that writer or director runs out of ideas, they take a book that one of their nieces or nephews read last week and make it into a movie. And they read the book, no, not read, they skim the book, or maybe not even skim. Maybe they just read the back cover or the inside jacket and decide that they don’t like it. Then they’re back to square one. But they realize that they need an idea, so they go back to the book. That’s when this happens.

Director: I like the idea of this book, but I want to change everything.

Writer:  *with a big smile like a kid trying to impress their big cousin*Done!

Director: FANTASTIC! Now, lets get some D-list actors and a low-budget set and have this movie out by… hmm… Next month? How does that sound?

Writer: *a bit less sure* Done and doner, Mr. Big Director!

Does that sound pretty accurate to you? The answer is yes. Yes, it does. So some excited Book Blabbers hear the talk about this new book-movie and here’s what happens.

Abby: *freaking out* OH MY GOODNESS JOE! GUESS WHAT?!?!

Joe: What Abby?

Abby: They’re making that really amazing book into a movie! Let’s go see it at midnight!

Joe: OH MY GOODNESS! That will be so fun! Let’s go tell a zillion people and get all excited about it because this will be fantastic, I just know it!

Abby: Yay!

Then they skip happily away. You see, this is all Mr. Director’s big plan. He knows that kids will get very excited, but he also knows that his movie is going to make them very, very disappointed. Since kids are going to get excited about this, they will spend a lot of their babysitting money on this very expensive movie, and when they finish watching it, they will leave the theater stunned. Do you want to know why they are stunned? I’m sure you do, because if you are still reading this, you’re probably thinking “JEEZ GET TO THE POINT!!!!” and so I will.

The kids are stunned because the movie. Isn’t. Anything. Like. The. Book.

And now you’re saying “That’s true! I hate that, too! I’ve been stunned like that, too!”

It stinks. It’s terrible. And then Mr. Director is all happy sitting on his alpaca-wool couch eating caviar from a diamond-encrusted jar counting the zillions of dollars he made by disappointing innocent teenagers that just wanted to have a good time watching their favorite book come to life. But it doesn’t come to life. They change every bit of it, adding new characters, deleting characters, changing people’s names and sometimes even changing the entire meaning of the film, just with a flip of the switch. Do you like that? I don’t!
So all I’m asking of you, Book Blabbers, is to make sure you look into the Book-Movie before you go spend $14 on a ticket and $1,290,304 on snacks. ‘Till next time!