Reverse Inspiration: Movies to Books
July 25, 2013
It’s not surprising to hear that a book has been turned into a movie – doing so is a smart move for filmmakers. However, the reverse situation isn’t something that we hear all of the time, even though it does happen.
Most instances of movies that were turned into books happen somewhere in the realm of fan fiction or companion guides, and it is much more popular for children than for adults. A large amount of Disney movies have books available for children. Some of these are written synopses of the events in the movie, but some, such as the Disney Fairies books, take the characters and place them in new plot. The Star Wars books for adults act as a comparative example. These books take the characters and expand storylines beyond just the realm of the book.
Occasionally, though, there are little gems that come as a result of a movie, a brand new novel created from a seed planted in a movie. For example, the movie, Fireproof, talks about a book called The Love Dare. When the movie came out, however, this book didn’t exist. After the amount of requests for the title, the screenwriter and director of the movie actually wrote the guide for couples wanting to save their relationships.
Still, the movie to novel conversion isn’t a very common one, and that leads one to wonder why not, especially since the opposite is so commonplace? I think that it’s because novelizations often lack the element of originality that most book readers crave. Fanfiction has a sort of stigma attached to it, one that slights the work of any legitimacy, and most novelizations feel like fanfiction to mainstream book fans. Though everyone is entitled to their own opinions, we need to be careful not to let these preconceptions blind us to the gems.
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