Dear Movie Writers


Dear Movie Writers,

First of all, if you are going to make a popular book into a movie, read the book. If you have just heard of the book and decided “hey, that sounds like a good movie” don’t take any short cuts. Read the book, consult with the writer, and make the actors read the book, as well! 

Secondly, the book is not a suggestion. If you are going to make a movie with the same characters and title as the book, you do not get to chose what the plot is. Likewise, if you are going to copy and paste the plot from a book into a movie script, you have no power over what the movie will be titled or what the characters’ names are.

Finally, include the author. Movies based on books are automatically better when the author has a say. Just as a couple examples:

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief compared to Sea of Monsters.
Twilight compared to New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn.

Now the books ruined by movie writers and producers with no clue as to what the book was about:

Beautiful Creatures
Hunger Games: Catching Fire (due to the Hollywood-ification of the love triangle)

and soon to join the list

Vampire Academy.

So, movie writers, heed my warning. READ THE BOOKS!!!

Sincerely,
Ryann Ravenwood

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3 thoughts on “Dear Movie Writers

  1. Chris Black says:

    There was nothing wrong with the movie Catching Fire. Better than the book, really.

    Beyond that, things must be changed when moving from one medium into another. And movie titles are often changed from the title of the book–usually because the book title is strange in some way or not “grabbing” enough for the movie producers to want to use for something they hope is going to make them money.

    The Twilight series were all horrible, and I’m fairly certain Meyer did in fact have input in the later movies. She definitely contributed to Breaking Dawn, because I recall reading an interview with her in which she explained how she and the director (?) came to the mutual decision to include Alice’s vision without immediately letting the audience know that it was a vision–just to hype up the action in an actionless/plotless story. Which isn’t the fault of the movie makers, but Meyer’s inability to write.

    Besides, if the movie makers can take the drivel that is Vampire Academy and make it something worth watching by changing the hell out of it, more power to them.

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