You hear rumours in the media that your favourite novel is being turned into a film. At first you are filled with a giddy happiness as it will be great to see it on the big screen…and then, the worry sets in..
- The casting directors won’t get the casting right. In your head you know who should play the lead roles and your casting choices involve some big Hollywood names. You don’t want to be disappointed. Excuses such as small film budgets are not acceptable.
- The film will not stay true to the plot. Last year you gave your friend a reassuring hug after the film version of her favourite book did not stay true to the plot. It was nothing like the book she loved to read, there were extra scenes and new characters. You told yourself that this would never happen to you. Now you are facing the same challenge. How will you cope if those film directors choose to cut up your beloved book? Or even worse…add new bits to the story? Gasp!
- Friends will get to the cinema and watch the film before you. Your friends know how much you go on about this book so surely they should respect your wishes to be…the first person from your social group who watches the film. Wouldn’t it be terrible if a friend of yours watched the film before you and gave something vital away about on Facebook?
- The film will dampen your fictional character crush. If those casting directors make the wrong choice for that lead role it could be the end of your crush. Once you have watched the film, shaken your head in disapproval and muttered stuff about the unattractive lead character there will be no going back to your crush. What will you daydream about now, whilst stood in the queue at the supermarket?
- The film will intensify your fictional character crush. The book left you with a huge crush on the lead character. Life has not been the same since you read that book. If those film directors get the casting right and manage to attract that big Hollywood star, that you have had your eye on you might have to take some accessories into the cinema; a handheld fan, an ice pack and some facial wet wipes. Temperatures are going to rise.
- The wait for the film to come out could get unbearable. You will find yourself enduring some serious frustration and it will be tough trying to detach yourself from the online rumours about casting. Things could get too much as you start to mutter things like “it is taking forever to make this film!” and ‘Oh come on film directors, it can’t take THAT long to make a film!”
- The minor character cull will be severe. We all know that when a book is turned into a movie there is a minor character cull. Sometimes this cull is needed as there were a cast of thousands in the book. However, with your favourite book, things are very different! You love all the minor characters in the book and it will be heart breaking to see some not make the film cut. They are like an extended family to you.
- The book will play out better in your mind. You could be left muttering “It was better in my head!”
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