Adaptations and Disappointments

I have always been so happy when I hear that one of “our” books is being made into a movie. Even the young adult stuff I don’t read any more gets me excited that maybe, just maybe, it will be a success like some of the big ones that came before. Harry Potter. Hunger Games. Even Twilight, love it or hate it, definitely made an impact.

But recently, I have to admit, I have been mostly disappointed in pretty much all of the adaptations I have seen. Honestly, I can’t think of one in the last few years that I walked away from and was not let down in some way. And it isn’t like I go in negative. In fact, I go into them hopeful and excited, just happy to have this world I read about brought to life. Take Shadowhunters, which is based on The Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare. For me, that was a huge, huge event. My let down is pretty much based on two things – one is the very high cheese factor, and the other is the sometimes overacting of Clary. Do I watch it? Sure. Would I be heartbroken if it didn’t come back? No.

And now, to top off my recent let-downs, we are being left with unfinished stories. It is still up in the air whether or not the final Divergent movie will ever see the light of day (either on the large or small screen). I can’t see movies like The 5th Wave ever getting a sequel, either, since both commercial and critical response was so very lacking. So what we get is a movie that either feels unfinished or ends with a cliffhanger setting up for the sequel that will never come. Ugh.

The other movie trend lately is the franchise re-boot. It looks like the next one to get a do-over is The Mummy. With Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise?!? How did I not know this was a thing? I remember a while back hearing a rumor, which I completely thought was fake, but I guess I was wrong since the teaser trailer was released today…

So, have you had any luck with any recent adaptations? I still have to try either the print or film version of Game of Thrones or Outlander, so maybe that will turn my luck around, but as of right now it is pretty dismal.

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7 thoughts on “Adaptations and Disappointments

  1. Dawn says:

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — it was a good movie, but then I heard it’s either a trilogy or a quintet! All based off of what was a book based on one of the textbooks they used in I think Year 3 of Harry Potter! So I guess this is on the opposite end of the spectrum of what you mentioned, where they force more movies out of a tiny book just for $$$.

    Come to think of it, Peter Jackson did it with The Hobbit, and I guess it worked out for him, so why not?

    • kaleigha says:

      Yeah, I think Fantastic Beasts is supposed to be five books, which is nice rather than the usual trilogy. And you can be pretty sure that we will get all five and not stuck with a cliffhanger and not enough interest to continue the franchise. I know there is a screenplay, but it surprised me there isn’t a written series being published for it. At least not that I have heard as yet.

      • Dawn says:

        It surprises me, too, that there hasn’t been novels released for Fantastic Beast yet. Then again, I’m also waiting for The Cursed Child to be made into an actual novel; I’d rather not read a play version! And I wonder when/if that one will be adapted into a movie? Or did the original actors not want to return to the roles…?

    • Maria says:

      Already seen A monster Calls (didn’t know it was being released later in the USA than in Spain… weird, it is usually the other way round! It’s not an usual movie. Makes you think. You won’t forget it as soon as you’re out of the theater for sure!
      Fantastic Beasts took me by surprise! I didn’t expect much and I really, really liked it! Didn’t mind the Harry Potter connection at all. In fact, it was almost non existent for me.

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