Okay, so how many times have we argued over this with others—or endured an argument of the like? Countless times, right? Well, the thing is: this argument will never end, but at least we’ll have an explanation why it doesn’t.
Let’s run over colossal arguments:
- “You should read the book before watching the movie.”: A valid argument—to an extent. But a living proof of why it’s not actually horrific to watch the adaptation before reading the book, or, god forbid, never read it, is HBO’s GoT. Honestly, how many people read the books first? Hundreds of thousands? Well, millions haven’t, and it’s fine! It’s not breaking rules of any kind. I admit to being a huge fan of the club read-it-before-you-watch-it, but it is not a sacred law.
- “The book was better than the movie.”: Oh, man. If I had a dollar for every time I, or someone else, said this… But the thing is, sometimes it’s really not that. Take Fifty Shades for an example—though, neither the book nor the adaptation was any good—a lot of its audience argue the movie was better.
- “They eliminated my favorite scene.”: Sorry to break your heart, but the movie industry doesn’t have the freedom our beloved books have. There’s a running time, ratings that control the payment of thousands of employees and a strict structure. And as a consolation, most cut-off scenes are filler scenes, not major ones.
- “Why make this one a movie and not that one?”: I asked myself this question a hundred of times when I saw Twilight. Why on earth did they make a movie of it? Well, the answer is simple: It has made a noise—positive or negative—thus, money! If a book makes a frenzy in social media, it’ll likely hit the big screens (ehm, Fifty Shades) despite how mediocre it might be. Sometimes your most beloved book will never hit the screen. Just how the world works.
- “That’s not how the character looked in my head!”: I sulked over this one my entire life until I had this epiphany: how would they make an adaptation that pleases everyone’s imagination? Not possible—not even a little. In 2012, when the cast of The Hunger Games was announced, people went into fits of rage over the actress playing Rue—the majority assumed she was white. Seriously? Our imagination is vastly different from reality, so it might do some good to curb expectations a little.
To put it in a nutshell: readers gonna read, read, read; watchers gonna watch, watch, watch… No need to fuss over it anymore.