I think Hollywood would dry up and blow away if it wasn't for authors and graphic novelists. Can you name me five movies in the last couple of years that weren't based on a book or a comic?
Next week is the eagerly awaited movie premiere of The Hunger Games. (But you probably know this already, though, unless you have been living under a rock.)
Just like Twilight and Harry Potter before it, fans of the series are practically salivating at the thought of the novels being played out on the big screen for them.
Hey, don't get me wrong. I'm not knocking the book-turned-into-a-movie thing. Personally, some of my favorite movies started as novels or comics. I drooled over...um...adored the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice.
Hello, Mr. Darcy...
And Gwyneth Paltrow's Emma was so funny, and as they say where I live in the Deep South, a hot mess. This may sound random and weird coming from a Regency author, but two of my all-time favorite movies, Hell Boy and Blade (Blade Three, really. Let's be honest. It's all about Ryan Reynolds.) started as comics.
Sherlock Holmes, The Lovely Bones, The Never Ending Story, The Help, Where the Wild Things Are, Eragon, Mary Poppins- all started as novels.
Batman, American Splendor, Constantine, The Losers, Men in Black, The X-Men- all started out life as comics.
I just find it odd that Hollywood comes up with so few original ideas. Is it because people want to actually see their literary favorites come to life, or is it because all the great ideas have already been written?
There are a few movies that I've really enjoyed that were original screenplays.
50/50, just out in 2011, was one. Man, I cried and laughed, and laughed and cried... and that was just in the first half hour. I was wrung dry by the end of the movie, but in a good way. I also loved Juno. What a weird, awkward, funny, painful, heartwarming movie that was. Gladiator was another original movie that I still love. A wounded hero, a heroine caught between two worlds, an epic tale of battle and revenge, and Joaquin Phoenix played the most twisted, dark, selfish, sister luving emperor ever.
What are some of your favorite books turned into movies? Do you find that movies based on novels or comics thrill or disappoint you?
Did you ever think that a huge, red dude with broken off horns and a bad attitude could be sexy? (Umm, yeah, me neither.)