Last week I listed the movies that have stayed with me and I observed that three of these movies originated as books. I have been thinking a lot about this. What is the primary driver for reading and watching? Some movie adaptations are wonderful – The Shawshank Redemption, some are OK – High Fidelity, and some movie adaptations are not successful – I’m looking at you The Time Traveller’s Wife. For me, The Outsiders was the first shock of a movie that was not faithful to the book (they don’t always have to be but some sting more than others) so I was tread gently when a favourite is being adapted for a different medium. 2014 is a cracker year for movie adaptations – here is a list.
But I am going to single out 2 books/movies because their cult status and their respective fandoms are epic. Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed. Well…not really ruined but certainly hearts broken.The two books are The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and the Veronica Mars book The Thousand Dollar Tan Line.
The Thousand Dollar Tan Line
So I am starting with a book that I am anticipating, not one that I have read. Firstly, Veronica Mars who is a post-modern Nancy Drew TV series that was cancelled in 2007 after 3 seasons. This TV series kicks ass. Nearly 10 years later, it is fresh, the dialogue snaps and the tension! Ohhhh! The swooning, smouldering, LoVE shipping tension has watchers fanning themselves as they watch Logan Echolls, who is a vile, reprehensible rich boy win over every viewer and at times Veronica. The fandom around Veronica Mars has been incredibly strong over the years particularly with fanfiction as series 3 finished in an open ended film noir scene. The constant fan writing sparked with creator Rob Thomas who launched the most successful kickstarter in history and raised funds to make a reunion movie to give fans closure. The movie comes out next week but in an interesting twist Rob Thomas last week announced the release of a book – not a novelisation of the movie or series but a standalone story with a second book coming out later in the year. This is interesting that we have lived in a society that more often books are adapted to visual mediums yet with Veronica Mars the visual mediums have driven the need for the written word. I hope this is successful. I don’t think that adaptations in the reverse, that is film to print, have been as successful (or common) as adaptations from book to film. I would say that this book is now my most anticipated book for the year (along with Kate Rorick’s book adaptation of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries which is a modernised vlog adaptation of Pride and Prejudice creating a beautiful circle of adaptations). Continue reading