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When A Novel Becomes A Film

For decades, it seems like film directors have a radar for novels that could  become a film- fanatic or a book-worm’s dream. From Bram Stroker’s Dracula and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, book-lovers have had the joy of seeing their best-loved novels transferred to the big screen. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Nicola Yoon’s Everything Everything are following suit.

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Then enters the book-worm. ‘I’ve seen the movie, but the book’s better’, said the enthusiastic book-worm. On a number of occasions, this statement holds some truth, and filming crews don’t always get it right. A self- confessed appreciator of Chick Lit Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series ( the first five for me) are delightful, light-hearted and enjoyable. Then, a couple of years ago one of my bookish dreams came true. The Confessions of A Shopaholic was turned into a movie. I had high expectations which were brought lower than low, because the movie was awful.

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Should some novels be left  to sit in the imagination of readers? Absolutely. But, when a novel is so brilliantly adapted (the Harry Potter series or The Lord of The Rings) it truly comes to life.

Although I think novels are best, novel to film adaptions are sometimes a treat to watch.  Thus, here’s some gratitude to the film industry workers who keep turning great novels into memorable films.

 

 

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