Today is actress Jennifer Lawrence’s birthday. The only reason I know this is because she played Katniss Everdeen in the movie The Hunger Games–one of my favorite dystopian books–and the Facebook fan page told me. I’m not this way with every actor who plays a book character, which caused me to dwell on books-turned-movies.
How do you feel about your favorite books turned into movies. Harry Potter? Narnia? The Hunger Games? The upcoming Divergent? Despite the quality of production and skill behind actors, the movies will inevitably be different than the reader’s imagination.
I used to avoid watching the movies of my favorite books, but after a while I realized, as long as I held on to my own imagination when reading the books, a movie was like a continuation–a bonus feature, so to speak–of something I already loved.
I have several favorites: the last three Harry Potter movies (Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows 1 & 2), How to Train Your Dragon (despite the enormous differences between book and movie), Lord of the Rings, and the first Hobbit movie are a few.
Do you believe a book made into a movie stifles the imagination or liberates it? Or neither?
What is your favorite book turned into a movie? What is your least favorite?