Why Are Book Adaptations Taking Over Hollywood?

Filmmakers see a golden opportunity in book adaptations. With a book, there’s a story and a vision already there that can be translated to the screen. A good book makes for easy success – most of the time. When it comes to adaptations, there’s a limited amount of time to showcase every detail in the book. Nevertheless, adaptations remain a constant source of inspiration for films for several reasons. 

If you consider book adaptations such as, the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, Game of Thrones, Twilight, Jaws, and Jurassic Park, you’ll realize that these are some of the highest grossing adaptations of all time. There are a number of reasons for this success:

1) A following has already been built

With books, it’s easy to get people on board for the movie version, because they already love the book. Sometimes, when a cast update has been released, or a reader realizes something doesn’t line up with the book, they’ll back out. More often, though, readers will still give the adaptation a chance. It’s undeniably fun to watch something ‘come to life’, for most readers at least.  

2) Booksellers promote the adaptation

When the movie or TV adaptation is announced, readers will rush to the bookstore and buy the book in order to finish it before the adaptation is released. This phenomenon spikes the book sales and often books will get a sticker that says, “soon to be a major motion picture” or “coming soon to Hulu.” The book helps promote the adaptation and readers are more likely to go see it. It’s a win-win.

3) Different viewing options means more adaptation opportunities

With the release of viewing options such as Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, it’s not just all about movie adaptations anymore. For example, A Series of Unfortunate Events didn’t do so hot as a movie adaptation, but is doing very well as a Netflix series. With TV series, more details from the book are able to be covered. A movie has up to three hours or so to encapsulate everything in the book, whereas a series has an endless amount of time depending on the number of episodes and time limit. More books are being turned into series, like Game of Thrones, to keep readers and watchers alike wanting more and keep coming back. 

4)There’s a future market for Hollywood

There’s no doubt that Hollywood will continue the adaptation trend, because of the money to be made. There’s plenty of material out there to adapt and there will never be a limit of the books being produced. Hollywood knows that adaptations make money because of the bookworm following, so I’m sure we can expect more to come.




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