Some Thoughts On Movie Adaptations

We all have a sort of Love/Hate relationship with movie adaptations. On the one hand, the idea of seeing your favorite characters brought to life on screen is super exciting. On the other hand, they’re usually pretty bad.

Even the best adaptations have their flaws. Everyone generally loves the Harry Potter movies, but there are some characters who fell flat, and some scenes that left something to be desired.

For some reason, Hollywood likes to screw with the characters/storylines of our favorite books. I understand that it’s super annoying, but we, as a community, need to stop taking it out on the authors we love.

Recently, two of the worst movie adaptations of all time, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The and The Mortal Instruments, have been made into successful TV shows.

Another disappointing adaptation, The Golden Compass, is slated to return as a TV series on the BBC. I couldn’t be more excited about the new show, considering the fact that the His Dark Materials series is one of my all time favorites, and the movie was so bad it made me cry.

Unfortunately, there’s one series with an absolutely horrible movie adaptation that probably won’t be turned into a TV show any time soon. That’s the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.

How do I even start to talk about the Percy Jackson movies. They did so many things wrong, but I think their biggest mistake was casting the characters so much older than they are in the books. They also didn’t try very hard to stick to the plot line of the stories. I think the fact that Rick hasn’t even bothered to watch them, pretty much sums up how terrible these movies were.

Percy Jackson fans have been harassing Rick about turning the series into a TV show for years. Here’s what Rick has to say about it:

Fox owns the movie/TV rights to Percy Jackson, and they aren’t willing to sell them. Any decisions about a TV show would be made by them, and they probably wouldn’t consult Rick about a TV show any more than they did with the movies. Basically, stop bugging Rick about this. It’s not in his power.

Shocking, right? Unfortunately, most authors have very little power when it comes to TV and movie adaptations of their work.

They also have no say in casting.

For some reason, fans get really ugly when it comes to casting, and authors usually end up taking the brunt of it.

John Green literally has it in his twitter bio that he has nothing to do with casting movies, because every time they make a movie out of one of his books his fans get super nasty.


Other authors, like Jenny Han and Angie Thomas, have been getting lots of flack about the casting in their upcoming movies.

Let’s get a couple things straight.

  1. Tweeting them pictures of your favorite face claim isn’t going to change that.
  1. You are not entitled to your dream cast.
  1. Whoever is in charge of casting is most likely not going to pick your dream cast members.
  1. Their job is to pick the best actor/actress for the role. That might turn out to be a fan favorite, but it probably won’t.
  1. I’m not saying you can’t have a dream cast. Dream casting is super fun, as long as you don’t get super ugly about it.
  1. Amandla Stenberg does not have the time to be the main character in every single movie/tv show. (Although she will be starring in the The Hate U Give movie.)
  1. Even if the cast isn’t your dream cast, it’ll probably be wonderful. Try to reserve judgment until you see the final product.
  1. Even if the movie/tv show turns out to be a disappointment, you’ll still have the wonderful books that you love.

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