The answer is probably not.
The reason I say this first is because adaptations of books, movies especially, usually end up as a blazing pile of trash. Although usually the people who hate on the movie are ones who were fans of the book.
I will preface this set of blog posts by saying that this is my opinion, and you should enjoy whatever series, movie, TV show, or other media you want. These are just a few examples of book to movie/other media that maybe didn’t turn out well quality-wise or in comparison to the books. I have three examples of series that I am well acquainted with, that started out as books.
The first one, some of you might have seen this coming, is the movie Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. The original series was written by Rick Riordan, and the movies were screen written by Marc Guggenheim, a man who I am convinced had never actually read the book.
This might be a controversy that many of you had heard of, and those of you who had seen the movies only might be thinking “what’s the big deal, the movies were great! My friends and I enjoyed them.” That might be true. Even I thought that, if the movies weren’t supposed to be based on an actual book series, it would have been okay. The problem was that they forgot to say “loosely based on the books”. The movie took the names of the characters and the book, vague facts about them, very few of the events from the first book, and threw away the rest.
The arguably most important fact that they threw away, is that the main character, Percy Jackson, and one of the companions are supposed to be twelve years old in the first book. You read me right, twelve. It’s not like movies didn’t use young actors before, in fact the director of the first movie, Chris Columbus, was well known for working with actors who were mostly younger.
I’m not going to talk about every fact or detail the movies messed up, and there are many (although one of the things they messed up is the hair color of one of the main characters which would have been such an easy fix), and Marc Guggenheim doesn’t seem to have said anything about why he made so many changes, but we do know that Rick Riordan ripped the producers a new one, not just because the script deviated from the book, but because, “this script doesn’t work as a story in its own right.”
So if you want to know if the adaption of a book/series to another form of media will be good, check to see who is writing the script for it. If it’s the original author, you’re probably good. If it isn’t the author, then check to see how involved the author is going to be. If they aren’t, maybe lower your expectations on similarity between.
Finished with the movies, there are two other forms of media for Percy Jackson that I want to talk about. The first, is a musical.
That’s right. Someone wrote a musical about this book. And I saw it.
And it was actually pretty good. I do have to concede that they were in a similar time crunch as the movie, and therefore skipped a few events, but they didn’t lose touch with the book. The scenes they couldn’t put on stage, they managed to get almost all of them in one of the songs or lines. Most importantly, to me anyway, is that it was fun. I enjoyed being there a heck of a lot more than I did when I saw the movie for sure.
The other piece of media is a TV show. Which we can only hope will be better than the movies.
That’s all I can say about this series. If you have any questions, please comment below!
Next part… we tackle the Mortal Instruments series.
by Elizabeth Marvin