February 3, 2014

Monday Pep Rally: YA on Screen


We've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

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Good Monday Morning, Misfiteers!

All the hubbub this past week about the Fault in our Stars trailer (here, for the zero of you who haven't already seen it) has made me think about all the YA on our movie and TV screens lately.

(Okay, let's be honest, most of my thoughts are @#$% YAY YA MOVIES!! but we're trying to to have a discussion here, right? No, self, flailing is not a discussion.)

So I was thinking about what makes a good book-to-screen transition. Is it the perfect actor to bring to life a love-interest's smirk we've grown to love? Is it seeing real people say our favorite lines and bring all the swoony kissing scenes to life? (Gah, the swoooon!)

For me, it's a bit of all that, sure, but more than anything, it's how well the movie/show captures the feel of the book. I don't mind a bit of a deviation from the exact, to-the-letter plot if that's what a film needs to maintain the integrity of the story in a new medium. For example, length. Sometimes a 400+ page book can't fit neatly into a two-hour movie, and I'd prefer the movie take a few liberties than awkwardly try to cram something in that won't fit. The Harry Potter movies were great at this, in my opinion. And I've seen some others that weren't. Eh hem.

So, what about you? For you, what is the most important element of a successful YA book-to-movie transition? Are there any you particularly love?

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