Why Do Directors Change Our Books? – Rants in My Pants

WARNING: Contains a mild swear word. (At least I think it's a swear word, any way, WARNING, WARNING.)

Why do directors change our books

This constantly irritates me when directors and screen play writers decide to change books for their adaptations onto screen. We have seen this happen in City of Bones and I am number four. Both books which went south very quickly. I’m not saying the movies weren’t good but it is difficult for someone who has read the book to watch the movie and not complain about every little detail they changed. But these weren’t little details, no no, these were huge details that I feel ruined the movies.

It’s no wonder authors are wary about selling rights to movie companies. Look at John green for example, the movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ almost didn’t even get made.

About two weeks after the book came out, my brother and I were [in Los Angeles] for a tour event and Wyck [Godfrey] came backstage and said, ‘We’re going to make a movie where the girl has tubes in her nose in almost every frame of the movie, and where the lead romantic male is an amputee, and it’s going to be a movie about people but it will be a movie about people who aren’t defined by their disability. They are going to be complex, rich characters and we think we can make a really faithful adaptation of your book.’

And so they managed to connvice John Green of the movie

But overall, authors have to be incredibly persistent in getting their movies to be accurate. But why should authors have to fight for their stories to remain as they had originally written? It is their story. To be honest with you i don’t know why authors don’t make sure contracts let them have the final say in the screenplay to make sure they are accurate. I am sure any author would want to make sure they had this say, so why don’t they?

The sequel to the worldwide phenomenon ‘The Mortal Instruments’ ‘City of Ashes’ was delayed in filming due to the lack of blockbuster opening. Cassandra Clare responded, saying:

The draft screenplay she saw was “very far from the book” and that the original schedule would not have allowed time for changes, and she thought the delay could be good.

In fact I feel sorry for her because we all also wonder, what was going on with Clary’s hair? When someone says they have natural red hair it means they have ginger hair, so why was Clary’s hair a brownish red? Not even a brownish ginger but it was clear it had been dyed. Has every one heard how Harald Zwart won’t be directing the equel if it ever gets made as he would like to ‘have a change’. We all know what that means. He messed up and is too embarrassed to own up to his own crappy work. You too D.J Caruso, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

But at the same time, congratulations Josh Boone, you have made an amazing book adaptation and you should be proud that you stand about all the other crappy directors.

To sum up everything, I would become a director for the pure reason of making sure my beloved books were Not Changed under any circumstances. Every director who has messed up these adaptations should be sued for vandalising these pieces of art.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day. xxx

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Divergent Series: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergnt coverTitle: Divergent

Review:  Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Veronica Roth

Published by: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication date: April 25 2011
Pages: 487
Genres: Young Adult Fiction/ Adventure/ Dystopian Fantasy
Summary: For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

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The funny thing is, I accidentally read the first chapter of Insurgent thinking it was the first book in this trilogy, luckily I didn’t understand much of it so it didn’t give too much away. After that it took me around two years to buy the next book, after encouragement from a friends who had read books one and two and was about to buy the final one, Allegiant. This book was… well it was good, but something about it just didn’t quite capture me like some other books have. It didn’t have any humour which made it quite a heavy read. The story follows a girl called Tris who, when taking her aptitude test, a test that determines character, finds herself \divergent, not fitting in with any group. It was an extremely thrilling novel, although I do wonder whether it isn’t a little too like the hunger games. The end of the story is also quite low key if that makes sense. It makes you want to read on to the next book, but you wouldn’t die waiting to read it if that makes any sense at all.