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Books and Films in 2013

I have just read some horrifying news. The Maze Runner is to be made into a film, undoubtedly following the success of The Hunger Games... 

I was surprised by this. As this post suggests, I am no fan of the book. And now I am even more flabbergasted that such a messy piece of fiction has been commissioned to a high-budget franchise.

No wait, I'm not surprised. "Franchise", "following the success of"... they all sound strangely familiar in the current film climate. With Beautiful Creatures "following the success of" Twilight, and The Host adding to the Stephanie Meyer "franchise", it's no wonder that our cinemas are about to be flooded with whatever else fits the bill for a quick money spin.

But today, I also watched the newly released trailer for Elysium. It's an original concept (no book or predisposed fan base to "watch-it-no-matter-what") and it looked brilliant. So, these films are still being produced then?

On a book blog, I'm not about to reach too deeply into the film world, but I have to say I'm getting a little tired of cinema stealing all the books. There are scriptwriters and producers and directors in abundance with awesome, original ideas. Lets see more of these? We can read these adapted stories whenever we like - but the un-funded ideas of a scriptwriter may never get to exist!!

Perhaps, as we have seen before with Buffy (if you will forgive the geeky example), they will create their own multimillion, multi-platform franchise?


I'm really asking for film makers and sponsors to stop looking for a quick, or "safe", way to earn their kudos.

I honestly feel that The Maze Runner should NOT be a film. I don't feel terribly strongly about it, because people will watch what they want to, and there are fans of the series out there... but when The Maze Runner is considered, and compared against an original idea of it's time like, say, District 9... you tell me what should be made.

(Feel free to replace District 9 with any defining original concept of your preferred genre. )

4 comments

  1. Great post! There are books that I was in fact once interested in reading (Beautiful Creatures being a perfect example) that I have lost all interest in now that I see there is a movie franchise. There are some books I don't mind being movies - The Hunger Games for example I actually welcomed the idea of and thought they did a pretty good idea with - but it is becoming over kill. When I found out that my favorite book - John Green's The Fault in Our Stars would be a movie the news was met with a major eye roll. That isn't even a "franchise" type book and it is being scripted. I think turning some of these books its big money making businesses takes away from them.
    I haven't read the Maze Runner so can't comment on that particular book but I did see the Elsyium trailer last night and thought it had potential.

    CeCe @ steamingmugofbooks.blogspot.com

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    1. I had no idea The Fault In Our Stars was to be a film too... They don't hang around any more do they?! I think the best book-to-film adaptations are done long after the book has peaked, so that they give a great story NEW life. Not this band-wagon hopping trend that is happening now :(

      Thanks so much for your comment, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who feels this way! x

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  2. Great post! I totally agree. There is an explosion of YA books turned into films in the next year. Almost thirteen books will be turned into movies, so I'm really pissed at that. My biggest fear is that they'll ruin Daughter of Smoke and Bone. If they do, I'll never forgive hollywood :P

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    1. It's crazy isn't it?! I really hope they do a good job of Daughter Of Smoke and Bone for you. I've already had one of my favorite books slaughtered by Hollywood, and it was the worst feeling. I felt like no-one would ever want to pick up the book after it!

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