Books made into movies cause disappointment

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Jessica Dupuis

Email: jdupuis@email.radford.edu

You’re sitting in dark theater, waiting patiently as the previews go on for what seems like forever; popcorn bucket in hand, Twizzlers ready and eyes glued to the screen. As the movie starts playing, you soon start to wonder if you’re in the correct theater. Hoping to see the latest movie based off your favorite book, you are without a doubt unsatisfied, wishing you had bought tickets for the newest romantic comedy instead.
Movies based on books are almost always a disappointment. The plots are vaguely tied to the book, the ending is sometimes altered, and the actors are never as good as you imagined them to be.
There is always a certain significant section of the book that is cut out of the movie, and random new scenes will be added.  Sometimes, it seems as if the directors and producers didn’t even read the novel in the first place.
In most cases, many wonder if the title and the characters’ names were the only pieces of the book that were used, and everything else was made up by Hollywood. What is the point of making a movie “based” on the book, if it’s not even remotely close to the book itself?
When a movie is based off a book, it practically changes the books demeanor.  Reading has  become lesser in society, and creating movies that are centered around a book, makes reading even less popular.  In reality, if a child is asked if they want to read Harry Potter, or watch the movie, nine out of ten times they would choose to watch the movie instead of reading.
Lately, it seems as if all the newest movies are based off books. Are Hollywood directors and producers so desperate to make a movie that they can’t think of anything but to turn a book into a movie? When a book is created into a movie, people are either ecstatic or dissatisfied. Many people don’t want to see their beloved book torn to pieces in a movie theater while others go to simply compare the two.
Producers have every right to use their creativity when creating a movie. However, when using a book as the basis of a movie, they should keep to the original novel’s writings and let the authors’ imaginations show. Even if authors give the rights of their books to Hollywood, Hollywood should have the decency to keep the book’s originality. Not only do they upset the audiences, they ruin so many noble books.
In 2012, incredible books such as The Great Gatsby, The Lorax, The Hunger Games, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Life of Pi, and so many more will become real on the big screens. Will producers ruin the clever writing skills of the authors who wrote these books, or will they finally produce a movie that slightly resembles the book?

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