Authors on Adaptations: Love-Hate Relationships

Dear readers, Happy Easter!

While it would be easy to make a list of films based on the Bible today, I would hate to be so predictable. Instead of links to trailers or evaluations of films today, I have a little collection of articles you could settle down with, after you get run ragged by Easter picnics and egg hunts.

Adaptations are largely a movie-making business, but what about the authors who crafted the stories and characters? Are they part of the conversation, or do they feel like they sign away their voices as soon as they sign away their book rights?

Authors have their own reasons for liking or hating the way their books are put onscreen. How much an author likes how their novel is put through the movie-machine doesn’t necessarily reflect its’ success as a novel or as a film either. At the end of the day, there are compromises that have to be made, both in the development of the film and in processing the result. And that is for better for worse.


Hollywood Ate My Novel: Novelists reveal what it’s like to have their book turned into a movie

(The Independent)
Sample: Apparently the film went down very well in Peru. What I got from it was £35,000 – without having to do anything – which in those days was a lot of money. As a writer, you have to disassociate. If someone wanted to film another one of my books I’d say yes like a shot. It’s not a definite science; because one doesn’t work doesn’t mean another one can’t.


11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books

Sample: The book I am best known for, or only known for, is a novel I am prepared to repudiate: written a quarter of a century ago, a jeu d’esprit knocked off for money in three weeks, it became known as the raw material for a film which seemed to glorify sex and violence. The film made it easy for readers of the book to misunderstand what it was about, and the misunderstanding will pursue me till I die

6 Authors Who Were Fired from Their Book’s On-Screen Adaptation

Sample: “After I was fired, I bought a drink for everybody in the Burbank airport lounge. There weren’t very many people, so it wasn’t as generous a gesture as it might have been. But I said, ‘I just got fired from Paramount Pictures, drinks on me.”


Turning a Book into a Movie: An Author’s Perspective

(Filmmaker Magazine)
Sample: “No one says ‘I read your book, I can’t wait until 12 poets are inspired to write songs about it.’ ” Telling an author that their book would make a great movie remains “the cultural currency for a lot of people.”


Write A Book, Sell The Film Rights, Live In Luxury. Oh Wait, That’s Not How It Works At All

Sample What you’re looking for is to find people who get your story and get your characters; that will give you the best chance possible that your vision of what your book is will be translated to the big screen. The fact is, you have no control over it. A lot of authors who sell their books for the big screen are unhappy with the finished product, but the fact is that unless you’re J.K. Rowling, you’re going to have no say.


10 Authors who Loved the Film Adaptations of their Books

Sample: And there have been other adaptations that have varied widely for the worse. That’s the way it is with making movies. Most of them are not that good, so you kind of expect that. Hopefully it won’t happen with yours.


6 Adaptations That Fixed the Book (According to the Author)

Sample: Those people who have read the book will notice that the ending of the film is completely different, and I love the ending of the film. I think it’s true to the spirit of the book, it really, really works, and it’s nothing to do with me. I don’t feel that I’ve been raped or robbed in any way; I just think it makes the film work. It’s like you’ve written the first two-thirds and it could spring any way; they’ve chosen a path that I didn’t choose, but now wish I had.


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