From Novels to Movies: What Is best suited?
September 10, 2020 Business
When movie studios elect to bring a novel to the movie screen, the result is not always a success. In fact, many adaptations are not well received by audiences for one reason or another. The problems are usually in the version process; don’t assume all novel is designed for film. Each year, however, there are several movies based on books that are released to an abundant fanfare.
Bringing Novels to Film
Novels are usually not created to be evolved into movies. They are created to entertain and inform audiences. When a novel is selected becoming a movie, the dojo buys the the law from the author and publisher. Then the screenwriter is hired to condense the novel into a two-hour film. Action, sexiness, story complications, and other details are added to make the novel more relatable to film audiences. In many cases, the film closely smells like the novel. However, film adaptations usually have their own appeal with audiences.
Every studio’s dream is to turn a novel series into a long-running and successful film series. Few have been better that the James Bond series. Written by Ian Fleming in 1953, the series is about a British spy with womanizing ways-a modernity that appealed to a wide audience. Fleming died in 1964, but films made from his book series survive on, with releases slated through 2013. Four actresses have played Bond over the years, along with a number of sexy female love interests to accompany him.
The teen market is a ripe one for the book series version. The “Twilight” book series raked in billions of dollars for Peak Films, while “The Hunger Games” trilogy is slated to bring equally as much money or more into the box office. “The Log of a Wimpy Kid” series has spawned three blockbuster summer films that appeal to the tween market, while adults have made the “Bridget Jones Diary” series a success. There is also the “Chronicles of Narnia, inches a children’s book series by C. S. Lewis that has appealed to audiences of all ages.
Don’t assume all movie announces its novel start. Even some of the hits from books never really trumpeted their literary start. Dennis Lehane’s books are an example. He wrote the novels that became “Mystic River” and inches Gone, Baby, Gone, inches both films that were very popular with thriller fans. Elmore Leonard is another author with significantly popular novel-to-film adaptations hidden marriage and little acknowledgment. His works include “Out of Picture, inches “Be Cool, inches “Get Shorty, inches “The Big Bounce, inches “Bandits, inches “3: 10 to Yuma, inches and “Jackie Brown” from the book “Rum Punch. inches The famous “Brokeback Mountain” was an account by E. Annie Proulx. Even the Nicole Kidman City War motion picture “Cold Mountain” was a forgotten novel of the same name, by Charles Frazier. So many more novels suffer the same fortune each year.
Novel to Movie Classics
One of the most classic films to American film buffs were also seated in novels. “Rambo” was a book series by David Morrell before becoming a classic vigilante film franchise. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is a classic teen film designed from the novel written by Cameron Crowe. The domestic abuse dramatic classic “The Color Purple” is an Alice Walker novel turned film. “Girl Interrupted, inches “Fried Green Fruit, inches and “Munich” are classic films that have their roots in novels of the same name.
Visual Novel Roots
A ripe source of movie material in the twenty-first century, visual novels have spawned some very well-received films. Frank Miller is the most successful author together with novels “Sin City” and “The 300, inches both that became widely successful films. They join “Ronin, inches “The Spirit, inches and “Daredevil. inches Mike Moore followed with “V for Vendetta” and “Watchmen, inches both very well received by action audiences. Other successful visual novel-to-film adaptations include “Constantine, inches (a Moore novel), “Judge Dredd, inches “Howard the Duck, inches “The Crow, inches and “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” (another Moore creation), among others.
Taking the novel to the film screen is not a new thing nor is it a novel approach. Showmanship finds a lot of inspiration in the pages of one of the most popular novels and also in one of the most obscure. In many cases, the novel fans flock to the film, but the reverse is also true. So, the very next time a great film graces the big screen, search the library for the book version.