There’s no denying that as a community that loves imagining new worlds through books, we’re glutton’s for seeing the real thing in films and TV shows.
The unfortunate side to this is that much of the time we’re left underwhelmed or completely distraught that the stories we love so much is depicted inaccurately.
Recently I’ve been thinking about the number of shows and movies that I’ve seen that the book is better than the adaptation. This was brought to my mind after hearing that the Throne of Glass series was going to be sold and potentially syndicated through Hulu. While I know that Throne of Glass has received some significant backlash over the last two-ish years or so for it’s lack of diversity, I can’t help but hope that Hulu can help the magic of the story shine through the way a major network might not be able to.
Some of the book to move adaptions that I think about when referencing underwhelming adaptations include Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and dare I say, Twilight.
Now, I know the Harry Potter films are good, but are they as good as the novels? And I’m not really sure how the Percy Jackson adaptation was ever going to work, but they tried it. And while, Twilight wasn’t quite the Pride and Prejudice of our time, it was still an entertaining read.
While each of these films had aspects that most of us appreciated or respected, there were still issues that fell flat.
But even as there are bad adaptations, there are the good ones. For example, The Princess Bride has been lauded for being a step above it’s original version. To add, Catching Fire is one that many believed translated much better to screen than it did in the novel.
So, when it comes to these adaptation, is it worth it?
It’d be easy to say, no. However, do we want these adaptations around to remind us what made us love books to begin with? Or maybe, like The Princess Bride and The Handmaid’s Tale (which is also through Hulu), we’ll receive a more interesting and thoughtful take on the original work.