Things We Worry About When Our Favourite Book Becomes A Film #BookNerd #Bookworm


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..

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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!”
  7. 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.
  8. The book will play out better in your mind. You could be left muttering “It was better in my head!”

I hope you have a great day!


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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions For Falling In Love Again is out in June 2019.

27 thoughts on “Things We Worry About When Our Favourite Book Becomes A Film #BookNerd #Bookworm

  1. I love your articles. The one about disappointing Character crush happened to me. I red Stephan King’s The Stand three times. Even the long version. I was head over heals for Stu Redman. The hunky Texan with the heart of gold. No offence to Gary Sinese but he did not fit the look for this guy. The rest of the movie was pretty good, I have to admit.

  2. I try to look at the book and film as two individual works of art and that helps sometimes, but I can’t lie. I have felt most of these heartbreaking points at one time or another. It is a hard life for a book nerd.

  3. Most of the time the characters cast for parts haven’t bothered me too much–not toooo much. However, changes to part of the story or characters makes me see RED!
    A great post, Lucy. One we can all cry into our tea over. 😦 Sigh.

  4. My sister and I were all atwitter waiting for One for the Money – the book by Janet Evanovich turned into a movie. We weren’t happy with the casting of Morelli and Ranger (they were sooo much sexier in our minds), but the movie turned out well. I’m easily entertained and pretty forgiving when seeing movie versions of favorite books. It’s just that darned casting.

    From an author perspective, I got a kick out of James Patterson saying (paraphrased) if Hollywood comes calling, take the money and run. Everyone will lie to you; even if they don’t have to, and the movie will not likely resemble your book at all. 🙂

  5. No 8 is my worst fear. I get excited that a book’s gonna be a film. Then I remember the bad ones. And I’m scared. :/

  6. Great post and I definitely feel this way about Books to movies. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind, was so against her book being made into a movie suggested that Groucho Marx play Rhett Butler. How’s that for a casting choice?

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