This post was originally published on my old blog on 6/24/14.
One great example of a movie that offers an interesting spin on the book is The Hobbit soon-to-be trilogy. For one thing, while Thorin Oakenshield is nice and welcoming towards Bilbo in the book, he is gruff, unwelcoming and doubtful towards Bilbo in the movie. I loved this change because it created more tension between the characters and gave Bilbo another reason to prove that he could be brave, adventurous and useful. Also, when the bond between Bilbo and the dwarves becomes strong, the unwelcoming attitude that the dwarves had makes the moment even sweeter.
That said, if I one day write a book and it is made into a movie, I think I probably would not appreciate the differences as much as I would from the viewpoint of a moviegoer. I think I could interpret some differences between the book and the movie as a compliment because it would be like the director saying “Wow, I liked your book so much that I’ve been thinking really hard about the storyline and I thought “What if this happened?””. On the other hand, if the differences went too far, I would probably start getting defensive and end up thinking my book was ruined by the movie. Regardless, I would love for my book to be made into a movie because I would love for my story to be brought to life in a visual form. Besides, isn’t it almost every author’s dream come true to have their book made into a movie?
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