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I feel as if every time I look at Twitter, I see that yet another YA book is being adapted to the big screen. At first glance, this seems great, but the more I see, the more I wonder…
Will the film industry soon be too saturated with these YA adaptations?
There are two things I’ve dreamed of for most of my life – to author a book and to be heavily involved in the making of a movie. So believe me, if I was an author whose book was optioned for film, I would be crazy ecstatic. And I hope to one day experience this sensation.
But not every story needs to be shared visually.
I won’t point out specific examples, but there are a couple of YA books that were recently optioned for film that were really underwhelming reads for me. One I think could have some potential for it as a film because of the action and premise, but the other I just cannot imagine as a movie. It just seems it would be so boring to watch the story unfold on screen.
Thinking about this reminded me of a project I did for my Entertainment Marketing class in college, where we had to market a book for a movie. My group chose The Shack, which none of us had read before the project but was popular at the time. While reading it I ran across a problem: it would be a terribly boring movie. That is not necessarily my opinion of it as a book (though I will admit it is not a favorite of mine), but most of the book is conversation.
Could it be a good play? Quite possibly. But a good movie? That would be extremely difficult. And what should have been a fun project became a more difficult one than I had bargained for. Thankfully I just had to write up a marketing plan, not a movie script.
But despite the fact that I think I am oh-so-creative, I’m not always right about these things. On my blog a while ago I adamantly stated that The Book Thief should not be made into a movie. Thankfully, the adaptation turned out quite lovely. Not perfect, of course, but Death still narrated, though non-intrusively, and the characters were spot-on. So who knows, maybe I’m wrong now.