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Why I Avoid Book Adaptations (Normally)

Hi! As per usual, third quarter of the school year is crazy, so my time for reading has taken quite the cut in the past week, but I have some books sitting on my desk that I’m really looking forward to reading once I get my stuff for school done (I’m taking a quick break to write this so I can have something up this week).

A lot of my friends watch Freeform’s Shadowhunters, which is based off Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, and keep telling me to catch up on it (I really don’t have time). However, I can’t stand the show. The City of Bones movie that came out several years ago was pretty awful, so I was excited and nervous for Shadowhunters. The first episodes of the first season seemed promising, but the acting, writing and effects are so unbearable to me that I’ve stopped watching.

Shadowhunters isn’t the only adaptation that I’ve done this with. I’m very apprehensive when going to a movie or watching a show that’s based on a book, because it’s very easy to  go wrong, and the bad adaptations outnumber the good ones by a significant amount. Even Harry Potter, which is considered one of the best, is missing a lot of things that people loved about the books. I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, maybe because I’m in love with prequels, New York City and the 1920s, but also because it was J.K. Rowling’s world, but without the expectations and pressure of a novel. Everyone knows that the Divergent movies were awful (much like the books), and don’t even get me started on the problems with The 100, or worse, Percy Jackson. I don’t have a lot of faith in Hollywood to preserve my favorite books or characters, so when I hear of possible movies or shows, my reaction is normally dread or straight-up fear. Even when the author is involved, it doesn’t usually go well. I’d rather keep book characters on the page and with an image of them in my head, while I watch TV shows that are original and not based on another work. I do not have enough faith in the industry to keep the good things in that condition.

More posts coming your way soon (reviews, maybe a Beauty & the Beast review after I go see it this weekend)!

xx, J

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