Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Novel Films Blogfest: Days 1 and 2

Madeleine Sara over at Scribble and Edit is hosing the Novel Films Blogfest to celebrate three years of blogging.  Congratulations on this amazing milestone! We all know a lot of bloggers drop away before accomplishing such a feat!

I would have posted yesterday, but I didn't get a chance to put together and schedule a post ahead of time, and since I had a load of Labor Day plans, I was too busy to have much to do with the blogosphere yesterday.  So I thought I would make up for it by answering the questions for both yesterday and today in this post.  

Yesterday's question was this:
Are there any novels you have seen as films/TV adaptations in which the novel left you cold? or vice versa?
Or a film that surprised you and prompted you to read the novel?

I feel like choosing the second of these two options, because I had a relatively recent experience with being led to a book after seeing the film adaptation.  I saw Cloud Atlas in the theater.  I hadn't read the novel before, but after being immersed in the story and feeling drawn in by the characters and how their lives intertwined in various ways, I knew I had to read the novel.  All I can say is that David Mitchell is a mad genius.  His writing is nothing short of stunning. I was in awe of his skill as I read.  I'm glad that I found my way to this book, and I know without a doubt that I'll have to eventually read it again.

Now for today's question:
Which novels that so far haven't been made into films/TV adaptations would you like to see and why?

There are plenty of adaptations I would like to see, but here is a list of but a few. Unfortunately, I think there are a lot of practical limitations to adapting most of these, whether it's the crazy visuals or the books being too long and packed full of stuff to be adequately translated to film.  Still, this is my blog post, so practical concerns need not apply here.

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Eternity's End by Jeffrey A. Carver

Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny

And last but not leasr, any of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.

Like I said, there are plenty more, but I don't want to bore you with my hopes and dreams all day.  How do you feel about books and film adaptations?


  1. I saw The Relic and thought it was good. Then I read the book and thought the movie was awful. Totally missed the essence of the story and left out the main character. (Really!)
    I want to see Sword of Shannara as a movie, or any other of Preston and Child's books. And I admit it, I'd like to see mine as films! Just please, not the SyFy Channel...

  2. I think the most impressive film adaptation was Gone With The Wind. First the book was written with no changes, and the film followed - to the point of trying to use the same dialogue. But The Sphere was one that made little sense in movie format.

  3. Ahhh, look at Yolanda's comment. Just what I finished posting. LOVE GWTW. Anyway, I can't understand why Discworld isn't already in film. Surely it's coming soon!