First things first: I love book-to-movie adaptations. If you do this well, you could have a Harry Potter on your hands. Do this poorly and the fandom mob will show up to your house with flaming touches and angry dispositions.
Why write this letter to you now? Well, I finally decided to see The Giver, a book that I (finally) read this summer. When I first heard that the book was going to be a movie, I was excited to say the least. Oh, and Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Alexander Skarsgard is in it? Even better. But sadly, it just wasn’t as good as it could have been. My main problems was that the movie plot line veered from the book’s original plot line.
Diverging from the book’s original plot line is always a muddy territory: One wrong step can sink you deeper into the ground. But I get it, either way you produce the film that isn’t doing the book enough justice with the original plot or it’s way too different. People are going to be grumpy either way.
And maybe I’m spoiled because I grew up with Harry Potter that had both fantastic books and movies. This is definitely an option, but don’t make a movie from a book to just try to make a ton a money. It is very obvious if a director is making a movie from a book that has had recent success (cough cough Fault in Our Stars).
So before you decide to make a movie from a beloved book, remember that the fandom can work for you or against you. Twilight, for example, had the fandom to back up a not-so great book. Take more consideration of what made this book loved by many, then form your script and cast.
From a movie/book dork-Annie