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From Novels to Movies: What Works Best?

When movie studios elect to bring a novel to the movie screen, the result is not always a success. In fact, many adaptations are not well received by audiences for one reason or another. The problems are usually in the adaptation process; not every novel is designed for film. Each year, however, there are several movies based on books that are released to an abundant fanfare.

Bringing Novels to Film

Novels are usually not created to be turned into movies. They are designed to entertain and inform audiences. When a novel is selected to become a movie, the นิยาย studio buys the rights from the author and publisher. Then a screenwriter is hired to condense the novel into a two-hour film. Action, sexiness, story complications, and other details are added to make the novel more relatable to film audiences. In many cases, the film closely resembles the novel. However, film adaptations usually have their own appeal with audiences.

Successful Series

Every studio’s dream is to turn a novel series into a long-running and successful film series. Few have been more successful that the James Bond series. Written by Ian Fleming in 1953, the series is about a British spy with womanizing ways-a modernity that appealed to a wide audience. Fleming died in 1964, but films made from his book series live on, with releases slated through 2013. Four actors have played Bond over the years, along with a slew of sexy female love interests to accompany him.

The teen market is a ripe one for the book series adaptation. The “Twilight” book series raked in billions of dollars for Summit Films, while “The Hunger Games” trilogy is slated to bring just as much money or more into the box office. “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series has spawned three blockbuster summer films that appeal to the tween market, while adults have made the “Bridget Jones Diary” series a success. There is also the “Chronicles of Narnia,” a children’s book series by C.S. Lewis that has appealed to audiences of all ages.

Unrecognizable Adaptations

Not every movie announces its novel origins. Even some of the hits originating from books never really trumpeted their literary origins. Dennis Lehane’s books are an example. He wrote the novels that became “Mystic River” and ” Gone, Baby, Gone,” both films that were very popular with thriller fans. Elmore Leonard is another author with wildly popular novel-to-film adaptations and little acknowledgment. His works include “Out of Sight,” “Be Cool,” “Get Shorty,” “The Big Bounce,” “Bandits,” “3:10 to Yuma,” and “Jackie Brown” from the book “Rum Punch.” The famous “Brokeback Mountain” was a story by E. Annie Proulx. Even the Nicole Kidman Civil War flick “Cold Mountain” was a forgotten novel of the same name, by Charles Frazier. So many more novels suffer the same fate each year.

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