Discussion: When Hollywood Ruins A Good Adaptation (What??)

Posted on 05/17/2014 in Discussion / 13 Comments

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Everyone hates when Hollywood ruins a good book with a terrible movie.  But what about when Hollywood ruins a potentially great movie adaptation? You are probably asking yourself, “Jenn what are you even talking about.”  Statement, not question, because clearly I’ve lost my mind.  Except I haven’t, so hear me out. The Hollywood Marketing Machine is ruining good book adaptations.  For example, The Fault in Our Stars.  My Facebook feed is littered with different clips from this scene or that scene, and at first, I was really excited to watch them, because I loved that book!  I can’t wait to watch it in the theater! But…now I feel like I’ve seen it already.  They’ve shown almost all the scenes I really loved in the book, and there are practically no surprises left.  What’s up with that, Hollywood, huh? yo-wtf-dawg   I want to go into a book adaptation having seen one or two full-length trailers, and that is it.  I want the magic of the movies to take me back into the book I loved so much, not go in expecting scenes I already got to watch on Youtube in the months leading up to the movie’s release. So today, when I saw a link to watch the clip for the part where they egg the ex-girlfriend’s house, you know what I did? I didn’t click it. I like surprises.  Surprise me, Hollywood.  Otherwise what am I paying for when I already know the story?  

So tell me:  does the mass marketing machine for book adaptations bother you or make you more excited?

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Jennifer is a bona fide book nerd. She thinks "bookworm" sounds gross and secretly gains pleasure at the pained looks her husband often shoots at her personal library. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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13 responses to “Discussion: When Hollywood Ruins A Good Adaptation (What??)

  1. I completely agree! I also would rather see only one or two trailers that wet my appetite for the film. I HATE when they show all of the best scenes from a movie, and then when you go see it, you feel let down becuase the rest of the film feels like a let down. You feel like you have already seen the movie…becuase you pretty much have! (One-piece-at-a-time in the months leading up to its release!)
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  2. Boy do I know what you’re talking about!! I try not to see those trailers because they have a remarkable ability of ruining the book for you too, if you haven’t read it yet. But I really hate going to a movie only to discover I’ve already seen everything worth seeing! The hype is ruining the movies. Great post!!
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  3. EM @ Books and Iced Coffee

    I totes agree with this! It was all cool with the releases of the Harry Potter movies but when Catching Fire came out and the trailer of TFIOS came out, I found myself unmotivated to even go out to see the movie because the trailerS had already revealed so much. I honestly don’t mind book to movie adaptations. But I just hope that the industry realizes that they are giving away too much info in the trailers themselves >.<'
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  4. Yes! This! I feel like, if you think your movie is such crap you have to show me all of the best scenes in order to get me to buy a ticket….I’m gonna be renting it for free from the library. Marketing in general is pretty insane these days. The age of Internet has changed the playing field so much, there’s a lot of “we don’t know what to do- let’s just inundate them until they give in”. (and this is coming from a marketing copywriter) It’s sad, really.
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  5. Cassidie Jhones

    I thought I liked to know as many details as it’s possible, but now that I think about it I’m not sure. I recalled the times when I wasn’t so much in films and books (through the Internet) and now I’m pretty positive I was better off when I hardly knew anything about a certain movie or book. It was much more exciting and suspenseful even if I felt like dying until I could get them.
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