Tuesday, 8 November 2011

#MTOS Book to Film Adaptations: The Questions

On Sunday November 13th, I will be hosting #MTOS with a theme very close to my heart.... book to film adaptations. So this week our Movie Talk on Sunday is not just for film fans - it's for book-lovers too.

It seems that many films nowadays are based on books, whether it be comic book adaptations like Spiderman, Captain America and Superman, modern-day novels such as The Help, We Need to Talk About Kevin and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy or classic novels like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre. But are they any good?

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers here - it's a discussion. So let's get chatting...
  1. What is the best book to film adaptation ever made?
  2. What is the worst book to film adaptation ever made?
  3. What does a great adaptation need to be a success?
  4. Why do you think film-makers are choosing to adapt books instead of taking on a new screenplay?
  5. Is it easier to convert comic books, children's books or novels into films?
  6. Have any films managed to be better than the original book?
  7. What book would you like to see made into a film?
  8. What book should never be made into a film?
  9. Do you agree with the decision to split long books into two films, as with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Breaking Dawn?
  10. Should authors be involved in book to film adaptations or leave well alone?
So see you on Sunday at 8pm GMT for this book vs film chat... and don't forget to use the hashtag #mtos.

For more information on what MTOS is, please click here.

Amanda x

1 comment:

  1. 1. Best Book - The Godfather
    2. Worst Book - Da Vinci Code (could have been so much better)
    3. Characters...characters...characters and perhaps a good setting
    4. Easier doing adaptations - if the books has been a commercial success...it's kinda been tried and trusted...so the film comes thereafter...a new screeplay is an unknown quantity.
    5. Yes easier because the visual is in fron of you...so less imagination needed from the the written word...(not saying its better though)
    6. Very few are better than the book...can't think of one...maybe One Flew Over the Cuckoo's best was better - Jack brought it to life like no other.
    7. I'd like to see "I'm Not the Only - George Galloway" turned into a film...it's a great story of a rebel politician taking on the biggest powers and winning...and of course there's all the other stuff...like meeting saddam....big brother...etc...he's had a colourful life.
    8. Dunno! I love film...so think all stories are better on film
    9. Yes sometimes long books need breaking up into two - the Godather was broken into two magnificent films
    10. Authors should always be involved in the process...afterall the story (and every detail) is in the authors mind...it can only help the source of material to better the movie...Harper Lee was involved in To Kill a Mocking Bird and it was a great film...from a great book. (To Kill a Mocking Bird was a close second in my "book" to the Godfather as best adaptation.)

    Good #MTOS Thanks Amanda J x

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