If you're a fan of books turning into movies then I'm sure you still normally end up saying "the book was better" after each one because let's face it, it normally is! Even if the ideal movie based on the book was made, the book would still be better because nothing is better than our imagination.
But what would make a movie based on the book the best it can possibly be? What does the movie need in order to make the majority of the book's fans happy? Well of course it's impossible to please everyone, but I'm a firm believer that there are several things that could really make the movie much more pleasing to the book's fans.
The first and most crucial thing the movie based on the book needs is to stick to the storyline of the book to a tee. I know this is probably impossible, but it would make a world of difference. The closer the movie sticks to the storyline from the book, the more people will will enjoy it.
Of course, if the movie employed the author as a consultant and let them have the final yay or nay for anything going on, then I believe sticking to the storyline would be a given. So this is the next crucial thing movies from books need. Let the author be a big part of the project. It is their story after all.
In addition to letting the author have a say and sticking to the storyline, I think that cramming the story into an "ideal length" movie can actually harm it. Viewers miss important pieces that are needed to better understand the characters, relationships, and the world the story is built upon. Make it as long as it needs to be in order to tell the entire story. If it ends up too long, just have an intermission.
Last, but not least, the casting is so important. The actors need to not only look like the characters were described in the book, but they need to do a good job at playing those characters as well. So instead of looking at one factor or the other, producers should treat both just as importantly. We don't want the actors slaughtering our favorite characters, but we want them to look right as well.
With those four changes in the process of filming a movie based on a book, I believe more book lovers would enjoy seeing their beloved reads on screen and the majority of fans would be happy with the result.
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