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Book to Film Adaptations are the WORST

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In recent years, there has been a trend of literally every book being converted into a movie or TV series or Netfliz drama. While this provides exposure to the dying art of literature, it also takes away from the essence of writing itself.

There was a time when Dickens and Austen would write without inhibitions. All they had was this need for their work to be recognised and their emotions to be expressed through their art. To be fair. film as a medium did not exist at such a large scale in those times.

But ever since authors have realised that they can gain so much more exposure by reaching an audience through screen don’t we think that books, in recent times, are being written so they can easily convert into a screenplay?

There are novels whose complexity in monologue and emotion could never be translated into film such as The Catcher in the Rye and yet when you read a novel written from say 2011 onwards there is this element of shallowness which makes you wonder why it was written in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been some brilliant adaptations recently which have surpassed the book itself. I’m just concerned the book industry has become one big commercial film-turning factory.

Does any one else have these concerns?

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Top 5 Wednesday | Books That Need To Be TV Shows!

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Yay top 5 Wednesday is back at Infinity Reads and this week we have a hella exciting topic.

We see books being adapted to movies all the times but for some books movies just aren’t the ideal way, which is why we have TV shows!

So what top 5 books on my shelf would make good TV shows? let’s find out

The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger

Ooo I know, already starting on a controversial one since it’s already a movie and everything. I did review the movie here and I did like it but I believe as a TV show the characters would have more time to develop and we can potentially see the escapism stuff that goes down in the books.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I can imagine it! fast cars and boys and Welsh history lesson ugh yes please! A TV show of Raven Boys means we can explore one place for the WHOLE episode or it can fluctuate between what the characters are doing. It just feels like one of those books that is suited for a TV show like I can’t picture it as a movie.

Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Okay guilty confession I just put this one in here because it’s already becoming a TV show! I mean it had great potential as a movie if the casting was good and people didn’t have dreadlocks but since there are so many books in the series I think it has enough material to make into some solid seasons.

Dominic Sherwood as Jace. My body is ready!

Half Bad by Sally Green

I’m currently reading the sequel and like the prequel there is a lot of travelling throughout this book and I’m thinking TV-wise, they can end the episode in one place then begin in another. It’s again one of those books that I can’t picture as a film but rather a TV show. (mainly so it can drag on forever)

And the most controversial of all……

Throne of Glass by Sarah.J.Maas

I KNOW!

I mean I can see it as being a fantabulous movie too but as a TV show it can be like the next Game of Thrones. Imagine getting to see Calaena’s sassy-ness every week instead of just once on the big screen. Plus each episode would have a new adventure to offer!

Those are the top 5 books I can picture as making great TV shows. Let me know how you feel about TV show adaptations. What do you think of the new Mortal Instruments show?

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