Chai break is a periodic feature on This is Lit to discuss concerns that every book blogger has. This is meant to be a lighthearted discussion that you’d have over tea and the only reason for it not being called Discussion Post is that the site’s author thinks that would be too mainstream. Pfft.
Nerds! We’re going to talk about adaptations today.
Let’s be honest. None of us really like adaptations that much. “CALMLY”, ANYONE? Ugh.
Book to movie adaptations:
These almost always let me down. You take a book I spent a whole day reading, suck its soul out, squeeze it into 3 hours and expect me to enjoy it? I haven’t watched a single adaptation that I liked more than the book. Oh, and the clusterfuck that was Eragon (the movie) has ruined all future book to movie adaptations for me.
However, I have watched some adaptations without knowing they were based on books. For instance, my most favorite movie is Forrest Gump. When I first watched it, I didn’t know it was based on a book. And, it’s said that the author hated the movie. So, I’ll probably enjoy the book even more, right? Maybe I liked the movie because I’m low-key in love with Tom Hanks.
Oh hello there, Mr. Hanks!
But, no. The movie IS good.
Book to TV show adaptations:
So many books are being made into TV shows this year! Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale, American Gods, Thirteen Reasons Why… You know what they all have in common? I haven’t read any of the books they’re based on! Not even Thirteen Reasons Why.
I never watch an adaptation if I haven’t read the book. This is my golden rule. I just finished binge-watching Weeds and I needed a break from the shows I usually watch. I broke the rule and chose Thirteen Reasons Why. I only did it because I thought I wouldn’t read the book. I’m watching episode 7 currently and I’m engrossed!
But, God, it glamorizes teen suicide. That’s wrong on so many levels! It’s entertaining and heartbreaking to watch, but do we really need depressed teens watching a show that normalizes suicide? Oh wait, I digress.
Also, if I find the show interesting, would I enjoy the book more? These are the questions that keep me up at night. 😛
I haven’t yet watched an adaptation that I loved more than the book it was based on. The ones that I do love, I haven’t read the book yet. There is the probability that as of now there aren’t any great adaptations. Or maybe I just haven’t watched the right one.
Let the discussion begin!
Tell me what you think. Adaptations–like them? Dislike them? Have you ever liked an adaptation more than you liked the book? Lastly, which adaptations do you prefer? Book to films or book to TV shows? Let me know in the comments!