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Welcome to YA Midnight Reads’ edition of: How to Make a Great Book to Movie Adaptation. Today, we are going to tell you all the “dos” when making a fantastic book to movie adaption. Learn from us now, thank us later. To give you a good idea how successful these types of book to movie adaptations are, we’re going to use an example for this post.
5.9/10 on IMDb, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the most successful book to movie adaptation that mankind has seen so far. I mean, 5.9 out of 10?! That’s a hella high score, so high that Logan Lerman, who plays Percy, no longer wanted to be apart of the third movie instalment, The Titan’s Curse. I guess the movie franchise was just getting waaaay to fabulous for him. It was out of his league, the poor lad.
1. Always, ALWAYS, make sure the cast looks nothing like what’s described in the books.
As you can see, the people who play Percy, Annabeth and Grover look nothing like the ones in the fan-art. It is important when making a book to movie adaptation that you change all the ages, no matter how vital they are to the story. Furthermore, ensure that your actors/actresses don’t even have the same features as do the ones in the book. It just makes all the people who read the book so much more happy when you do that, y’know?
2. Change up the plot, because guess what? It makes it all the more interesting if you do that.
Oh yeah, been on the New York Times bestseller list for weeks and weeks, but that’s probably because the plot was really bad. In your book to movie adaptation, change it all up and make it just SO much better! Heck, just make the movie using the characters and the world from the book, but change everything else.
3. Disregard all the rules and facts made in the world that the book created, and just mess up everything in general.
We have Persephone in the Underworld when it’s the Summer Solstice. Persephone ain’t ever in the Underworld except for Winter and Autumn. But of course, movies have swag, therefore they can break rules like nobodies business. I highly recommend you follow The Lightning Thief’s example, because it clearly had a lot of fans pleased with this blatant mis-logic and failure in the Greek Mythology knowledge department.
4. Ruin all the romantic build-up too, of course.
Clearly, the movie quote was so much better than the book one, amirite? Jumping straight into the angsty feelings, I see. Every book to movie adaptation needs a romance or some romantic tension. If the book doesn’t have any or not much of it, JUST ADD SOME IN OTHERWISE NO ONE WILL WATCH THE MOVIE.
5. Repeat for the second movie instalment. If you’ve chosen a stand-alone book to adapt, chose another book to ruin.
Do we agree or do we agree? Everyone should follow this advice, obviously.
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