On the 25th of June, 2014, I heard news that stopped the world. No, nobody got assassinated and no teams won sports. John Green announced that Sarah Polley would direct 'Looking for Alaska'. Now, 'The Fault in Our Stars' did well, very well so it's no surprise we'll see more films. But, I'm worried. Not because I'm scared they'll ruin the magic of the book or Alaska Young won't be anywhere near as cool on the big screen as she is on the page, hell, I'm not even bothered if Dr Hyde is healthy and a young gun. Nope, I'm terrified I'll never remember how I pictured the book when I read it again. Because that's the worst thing in my opinion about film adaptations, they hijack your memories and stay there forever. I've not seen 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest', but I've read it twice and I always picture McMurphy as Jack Nicholson who acts like McMurphy, but doesn't look much like him. It's the same story with 'The Shawshank Redemption', I read it with the film in my head. However, it's one of the only films made that I adore so I can let that slide.
Film adaptations aren't a bad thing, just remember the next time you visit the cinema that you will be disappointed. Unless you haven't read the source material- then go nuts. Adaptations aren't supposed to get everything right just for you, they're another way for fans to visit their favourite stories and enjoy them for what they are. So what if a character doesn't appear to be the same as they were in the book? Live with it. Anyway, I know its hard. I was annoyed when I saw the reboot of Spider-Man and discovered that the socially awkward, nerdy, closed in and shy Peter Parker turned into a skater-hipster with good hair and a cocky attitude. Then again, it's contemporary, but not at all what Peter's like in the comics I read. Toby Maguire all the way.
Stupid Andrew Garfield.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Mistakes of My Youth' by Eels
- 'Nobody's Home' by Avril Lavigne
- 'Firefly' by Submatik
- 'West End Girls' by Pet Shop Boys
- 'Gangsta, Gangsta' by NWA
- 'Today Was A Good Day' by Ice Cube
- 'All the Things She Said' by Simple Minds