CS celebrates book-to-film adaptations for women
CS celebrates book-to-film adaptations for women
Novelist Regina Eden Madrigal joins ComingSoon.net to celebrate International Women’s Day this year with a special article on book-to-film adaptations from a female perspective. She also delves into a great series of fantasy novels that she believes would make a great film adaptation. Continue reading …
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At sixteen, I discovered my love for books. I started to prefer books to movies because the fun lasted for days instead of two or three hours. But as someone who loves movies as much as books, I’m always on the lookout for the latest book-movie adaptations.
Of course, there are exceptions. I was never able to retain my interest in this massive tome known as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but the film still remains one of my low-key favorites. It’s almost astonishing how the film was so hugely successful when it seems today people are keen to criticize rather than appreciate the art it brought to us. Recently a friend asked me to explain to her why this fraternity was strictly male – definitely straight – and all white? My answer: the writers just stayed true to the JRR Tolkien story. Can you imagine the backlash if Harry Potter’s gender was reversed just to please critics who have probably never read a Harry potter book in their life?
My friend’s question, I believe, was valid, however. Throughout the history of cinema, we have seen roles primarily led by male characters, and despite the fact that, more than ever, female roles are becoming predominant in movies, the roles are still very limited.
I speak for the female population when I say we want to see stunning female roles in movies, but do we get so desperate that we have to resort to sloppy remakes of what was originally the movies that men would rather see it just for the sake of having a woman in one of the leading roles?
I feel like I hear everyday about another genre swapped movie, like 8 from the ocean, and the last, What men want. Are these ‘remakes’ flops because misogynistic men refused to see them? We can blame the patriarchy for lost income whatever we love, but take a step back and revise before pointing fingers. Anyone who reads this article, unless you’ve lived as a hermit, has heard of a little book called Hunger games. Facts: The hero was a strong female character, and the story was unique and epic. Another fact: the book was turned into a movie that not only moviegoers went to see, but also attracted male audiences.
In other words, if a script is great and has a character any genre can relate to, it’s almost guaranteed to be a hit with moviegoers. And with all the major successes from book-to-movie adaptations we’ve seen with Hunger games, dusk and Fifty shadesI am amazed at why filmmakers resort to rehashing ideas when there are so many amazing books with awesome female heroes that could easily be translated into action-packed movies.
A few years ago I got my hands on a copy of Sarah J. Maas A court of thorns and roses delivered. It was not the first time I had heard of SJM’s ability to captivate its readers. His first series, Throne of glass, was very popular, and I didn’t want to devote myself to reading because of his intimidating seven books in the series. The trilogy of ACoTar seemed like an easier challenge and less time to invest, in case Maas overtook me along the way (she has been known to frustrate readers with unexpected character choices).
I was immediately won over by this book. The story takes place in Prythian, a fantastic realm where humans live apart from the immortal Fae. Be careful, these are not your typical Tinkerbelle fairies. They are beautiful, monstrous and sometimes even loving, as Guillermo del Toro imagines.
Feyre, our hero, is the guardian of his blind father and his two older sisters, Elin and Nesta. She learned to use a bow and arrows to hunt and collect food for her impoverished family. Her life takes a turn when she mistakenly kills one of the Fae in her beast form. In order to repay the debt for the life she has taken, Feyre is taken to live among the Fae in their seven courses of spring, summer, fall, winter, dawn, day and night, led by the seven high lords.
Despite his initial dislike of the Fae, a romance blossomed between Feyre and Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court. Her affection for him fuels her desire to save his land from the impending plague that threatens the Seven Courts.
The story gets even better with the second volume.
Ever since I discovered my love for reading I became one of those girls who was looking for books where the main character was not just a woman but could kick butt too, and that’s something. that Sarah J. Maas still delivers. She created a dynamic character with Feyre, making her a survivor, while giving her a very different side to her warlike features, with her love for painting. Maas also has the ability to captivate its readers with visual images. Seeing the footage she described so vividly, I began to imagine how amazing it would look as a movie.
Granted, books have to sell in the millions before a film script is even considered, but I think SJM’s stories could absolutely work on a film. She amassed a large number of avid readers, including myself, who would line up to see a film adaptation. The fantasy is huge in the market, thanks to the success of Game Of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Disney relies on storytelling because they know most people want to relive our childhood memories. In fact, what first attracted me ACoTar that was how we announced that it was a The beauty and the Beast tell, and I think if a movie were marketed that way, it would attract even more attraction from people who have never read SJM’s books.
Out of the majority of the authors I have read, Maas is on point with the elements that make up an entertaining book. She draws an epic story featuring characters that have a lot of depth, and it’s those essential attributes that can match a great movie as well.
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