Take your “original” book, play, original movie, or comic and shove it.
There’s an Oscar for screenplay adaptations, because someone took original source material- book, play, comic or fucking theme park ride – made it something different. Different and quite possibly, better.
Bitching and moaning about how “something changed” like it’s Sacred Gospel from on High
- Never read the Harry Potter series and from what I understand, the movies are decent but not 100% faithful adaptations.
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy certainly made changes, just to get the running time down to a manageable 324 hours. Unless you’re watching the umpteenth box set special edition, where you may as well call into work. For the next month.
- The DaVinci Code was too much like the book and the movie suffered for it.
There have been excellent adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, that take different liberties with the books. Don’t here much outcry there, but then they’ve 1) stayed true to the source and 2) didn’t totally suck ass.
Changes Suck. Sometimes.
I pretty much hated the Star Wars prequels and Lucas’ fuckery with the originals.
Tim Roth had an “idea” for the Planet of the Apes, that went stupid. After decent success with the first two X-Men movie adaptations, Bryan Singer failed with his weak Superman Returns remake. Then some other hacks screwed the next X-Men sequel and prequel to making me wish it’d just stop.
Changes Rock. If we’re lucky.
M*A*S*H was an irreverent movie that generated one of the best TV shows of all time, with plenty of changes along the way. The sappy Broadway musical Wicked retold The Wizard of Oz story in a fresh, completely different way.
JJ Abrams totally retold Star Trek, a franchise with a devoted fanbase, into completely new mythos and canon. Hell the Onion made a hilarious parody video of fan outcries at the lack of sucking. Heh.
Thank goodness Chris Nolan gets the Batman legacy right, not that I’ve read those comics because here’s my thing:
- If I loved The Book so much, I wouldn’t see The Movie lest it taint the purity of my imaginings.
- If I held the X-Men or Iron Man movies in such high regard, I wouldn’t go back and read the comics. Lest I discover how poorly TPTB got the specialness of the story.
- If I wanted to read your epic graphic novel, I would have. Instead I paid good money to see Sin City and Watchmen.
- If I’m only interested in the comic book version, that’s what I would follow. Instead suffer through shitfests like Smallville and Hulk and Craptastic Four.
This by way hoping that Captain America and Green Lantern will 1) not suck, please and 2) have plenty of shirtlessness, pretty please. I’ve given up hope on Smallville, that finale is sure to fail. Only question is just. how. fucking. bad.
Faithfulness to source material can stifle creativity, sacred mythos can kiss my ass. It’s fucking entertainment, just get it right.