My all time favourite book is Little Woman. I read it has a child, then as a teenager and again as an adult. Each time I have found different nuances that I didn’t see before, each time it has reflected things that I am experiencing in my life.
An each time I’ve seen it on the screen I’m deeply disappointed.
But that doesn’t mean that books we love shouldn’t be made into movies. I’m sure Jo March would have wanted her books translated to the screen (if that had been possible) and, as a writer, I love the idea of seeing my work being played out by actors…*daydream*…
But back to reality.
I don’t think a movie can ever truly portray the depth of character and feeling that a book does. Even Lord of the Rings, which let’s face it was epically long over three movies, skimmed over certain bits and failed to express the depth of Froddo’s burden (I’ll admit it, by the end of the movie I wanted Sam to push him into the fire. I didn’t feel that way by the end of the book).
So, will I be watching the next remake of Little Woman? Probably not, but if it introduces another generation to the wonderful March sisters and their journey to adulthood then I can’t be against it either.
How do you feel about the book to movie thing? When has it worked and when as it failed?