Booking Through Thursday ~ Gimme a Gargoyle!

This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is an interesting one:

What book do you think should be made into a movie? And do you have any suggestions for the producers?

Or, What book do you think should NEVER be made into a movie?

Unfortunately, a lot of the books I think should never be made into a movie already ARE movies, The Kite Runner is the best example of this I can think of. The book spent so much time in the realms of the character’s mind, that when it was put on screen it was a pale, two-dimensional version of Hosseini’s brilliantly moving book. Eragon is another of the worst book-to-screen POS’s I know of. Where in the world did the screenwriter come up with the second half of the movie? I’m three books away from Brisingr on my “books on deck” list, and things are far from over, yet everything is tied up in a neat little book in the movie that shares a title with BOOK ONE of the Inheritance Cycle.

For the most part, though, I don’t think books-to-movies is a bad thing. Several books that are now on Mt. TBR, or that I’ve already read, were books I’d only found out about AFTER seeing the movie’s credits (Nim’s Island, V for Vendetta, and Dexter to name a few).

The real trouble in taking a well-loved book and making it into a movie lies in the fact that no two readers envision the same book in the same way. What is a beloved and favorite part for you, essential to the story and a deal-breaker in its retelling even, may not even stick in my memory. I can’t help but watch a movie, looking for my favorite scene from the book, only to be disappointed at the exclusion of what I thought were important points in the book. For instance, my favorite parts of Where the Red Fern Grows were Sammy the cat’s scenes, yet none of the books various movie renditions show, if even name, Sammy.

Books that I am dying to see on screen are already in the production process, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and Lois Lowry’s The Giver being the two I’m most eager for.

I think I will take this opportunity for another shameless plug for one of the best books I read last year. I would LOVE-love-LOVE! to see a movie version of Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. The book should have really dominated the book market, but for some reason it fizzled, which is further proof the universe is NOT just. As to what recommendations I could have for producers? Meh… that’s their department, not mine… But I would have to say, “keep as much of the mystical/supernatural aspect as possible.” It’s a modern-gothic, urban and gritty with the shock and tragedy that causes people to watch houses burn and car crashes, but also offers the hope and encouragement people need to continue pressing forward and living another day.

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13 Responses

  1. That sounds like a movie I’d see!

    I haven’t read ‘Kite Runner,’ but I did try to watch the movie and lost interest pretty quickly. Your comments make me want to pick up the book.

  2. I agree – The Gargoyle would make a great movie!

  3. I never saw The Kite Runner movie because I just couldn’t imagine anything being able to live up to the book. I think The Gargoyle is an interesting choice…if done well, it would be amazing…but it would be so easy to screw that one up.

    And I didn’t the The Giver was being filmed. That’s another book I love that I worry will lose a lot in translation to film. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  4. You make good sense! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

  5. I suggested The Gargoyle too. I think it has a lot of potential, but would need to be modified in the right way to suit the big screen, I think.

  6. The Giver is in production?!??! WHAT!!!! That is excellent news! Oh I really hope they do a good job on that.

  7. I agree. I was so disappointed with The Kite Runner. It had excellent potential and an excellent director (IMHO) but it just fell flat. I’m generally not a fan of books to movies but I am looking forward to The Time Traveller’s Wife and Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.

  8. I loved The Gargoyle, and think it could be good as a movie, but I would also worry they would mess it up.

  9. I just picked up a copy of Gargoyle this week. I’m really looking forward to reading it, I hope it’s as good as it sounds.

  10. Who would you have play the lead in The Gargoyle?
    I agree about The Kite Runner!
    My post is up.

  11. I SO AGREE about Eragon. Boy, I can’t remember the last time I was that disappointed with a movie!

  12. We made the mistake of watching Eragon a week after I finished reading it aloud to my four kids. My 10yo son – who loved the book – kept looking at me and saying, “Why are they doing this? They’re totally ruining it!”

    My daughter is in the middle of The Giver and is thrilled to hear it will be adapted.

  13. I so loved The Gargoyle! I’m not sure if I want to see it made into a movie though. Hmmm…

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