Over a year-and-a-half of being in the blogging community, something that I’ve noticed is what happens when people start talking about a movie. When we hear that a particularly good Young Adult or Middle Grade novel is being made into a movie, there tend to be explosions. People say “I hope they don’t turn so & so into such & such!” and freak when their favorite character has a slightly different physical attribute than specified in the novel.
Or, when somebody brings up a movie/movies already adapted from a book (think Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings), discussions will spout, criticizing what was and wasn’t left out, how they feel writers ruined what most others see as a great movie.
My question is: how much is too much nitpicking?
When I talk about not criticizing a movie too much, it’s mostly towards movie adaptations of books that were fantastic in the other aspects than the adaptation part: the cinematography, casting, music, etc. So if we have all that, and it honestly wasn’t too terrible of an adaptation, why do we still feel the need to nitpick?
(Note: this does not apply to the Percy Jackson movies. Those were just kinda all around terrible.)
This is mostly just me rambling because it’s a topic I’m interested in, but still don’t always understand. Why do we need to criticize what is already great? Sure, in the Harry Potter movies, for example, Harry didn’t have the sass he had in the books, and Ginny wasn’t as fiery as her hair, but it was still an amazing movie series, and was otherwise adapted ridiculously well.
I know that really, filmmakers and producers don’t exactly hear what we say, but there are still reviews on places like imdb and Netflix and every other site you can think of that still expresses our opinions.
I mean, it’s impossible to translate the book exactly from page to screen- thoughts, narrations, descriptions are all going to be left out, so why do we find this so irking?
That’s really all I have to say on the subject, but I’m curious as to why you think we nitpick. Do we just want everything to be exactly like it was in our minds as we read the book? Because that’s impossible, so.
Tell all below! Why do you think we criticize book-to-movie adaptations so much?