It’s always a little nerve-wracking when books become movies.
You read this book, you think it’s awesome, you draw similarities between it and your own life, you really invest in it. Then along come these hotshots from Hollywood and they tweak the story, they add faces to the names, they make the story their own.
And by doing so, they take it away from you.
The next time you read the book, or go on to the next book in the series, you’ll see the actors’ faces instead of the ones you dreamed up and it’ll all take place on the film sets, as opposed to the settings you had in mind. So much for your imagination.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I like movies-based-on-books (Harry Potter comes to mind).
Sometimes the movies are even better than the books (like Lord of the Rings).
But sometimes the story gets butchered.
The reason I bring this up is because one of my favorite books will soon be in a theatre near you.
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich is the first book in an 18 book series. It’s a fun, lighthearted read about a newly-divorced woman who becomes a bounty hunter when she finds herself unemployed.
The movie adaptation is due to be released January 27, 2012. And I’m really nervous about it.
The first time I saw the trailer I was…upset. The casting seemed all wrong; from Katherine Heigl downward, every character seemed off. Especially Jason O’Mara as Joe Morelli.
However, I re-watched the trailer and now I’m undecided. I’m not thrilled – but I’ll hold off judgement until I actually watch the movie.
In any case, I recommend the books. They’re breezy and funny, full of explosions and romantic complications.
I only hope I can say the same about the movie.
Do you like movies based on books?