Oh the Endless Film Adaptations 

I love being told stories. I eat ’em up. I’m that person that leans in when we get to the “good part,” that gasps and says, “Ah,” at intrigue and full body jumps at shocking moments (as my husband will tell you.) I have a particular love for books in every form; reading the words myself or audio. If you’ve read any of my former posts then this is old news. But what I haven’t said here before is I LOVE MOVIES! It runs deep and eternal, this love. I want to know how they were made, factoids about being on set and the politics that had to be cut through to create this film.  So, with this proclamation I’d like to talk about film adaptations of books.

I have difficulty reading a book after I’ve seen the movie, even if they are drastically different. (I also can’t reread books, but I can relisten to audio books.) If I see a trailer and find out it was a book first, then I better get on reading that story. That’s what happened with The Martian. (Also full disclosure about me, my most impractical fear is dying in space. I know, I know, just don’t go to space. I said it was impractical.) I almost didn’t read this story, my own issues and all that, but then I found out it was originally self-published and took the plunge. My totally bias opinion is it’s fantastic. I geeked out on all the science and the character has such a light hearted competence about him that you aren’t too stressed while reading. The adaptation of it was very well done, the movie didn’t stick as hard for me as the book, but great job. They made decent changes for the new media.

A trilogy that I enjoyed was picked up by SyFy and I recently watched the trailer. If you have not read The Magicians then you should get on that. I’m kinda nervous about the adaptation. I understand that there are always going to be changes from one medium to another, but the feeling or tone of the story needs to remain true in order for the adaptation to be successful. I feel like a very self-indulgent fan saying this but based on the trailer I don’t know if they conveyed the right emotion. I’ll obviously watch the first couple episodes to know for sure.

Please talk to me about adaptations that you loved or that didn’t hit the mark.

Books That Travel

It’s 3am and I’m sitting in Detroit airport. I’ve never seen it so quiet; not that I have a lot of experience with airports. But I can hear the escalators and the nonlabored breathing of a man ten feet away from me. 

My husband is in search of a vending machine, we didn’t eat before the drive and kept on deciding to wait. “We will just eat at the airport,” we said… The deli doesn’t open until 6, when our flight is. 

POPTARTS! So, that’s better now. 

In the quiet and strange atmosphere I started thinking about books. Of course. Books that have travel in them. 

There’s loads of traveling in all different forms in The Eye of the World Series. On horse back they evade persurers. There are magical ways of travel and they continue to rediscover Those abilities. 

The Night Circus moves around the world; an enchanted train carting lovely exhibits. There are prominent characters in London and Germany and the United States. Their stories tied together by the circus’ meandering. 

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman tells the story of Jewish refugees wondering in the time of Roman prosecution. It is one of the most devastating books I have ever read, using the eloquence of the prose to both enhance the pain and encase it in beauty. 

Mark Watney has fantastic scenes of travel in The Martian. It’s made that much more intense by the fact that he’s traveling all over Mars and then, you know, on a spaceship. I throughly loved this book and strongly suggest it. I’m very excited to see the movie on Monday!

I’d love to hear about any stories you love that travel is important in.