Monday, January 07, 2008

Books to Movies

Here’s a trend you may not have thought about. Books are being made into movies.

Sure, we all know that. And if you’re a writer, it’s exciting to think about your book being bought by a Hollywood producer or studio. It’s happened to other writers, why not you? It’s happened in the past, so why not now?

But is the trend slowing down? We all know how hard it is to break into the publishing field. The movie business is even harder.

Well, according to the January 6th, the trend is still strong. The article, “Between the Lines: Books-to-Movie Trend Not Slowing,” had this to say:
It's apparent that not all movies are derived from original screenplays, despite the roles of Hollywood writers. Many of the best films had their source material in books. For instance, at theaters now are "I Am Legend" (by Richard Matheson, published in 1954), "Atonement" (Ian McEwan, 2001), "No Country for Old Men" (Cormac McCarthy, 2005) and "The Kite Runner" (Khaled Hosseini, 2005).

Books to movies has a solid foundation. Consider’s list of “8 Kick-Ass Movies You Didn’t Know were Based on Books.” That list includes First Blood, the start of the Rambo movies. It was a book by David Morrell. Remember the scary movie called The Thing? That was based on the book Who Goes There? Did you know Psycho was also the name of the book by Robert Bloch? Check out’s website for the full list.

Some more recent examples would be The Nanny Diaries which came out in 2003. Or how about the 2006 book The Emperor’s Children just bought by Ron Howard’s Imagine? You can read about these and other deals in Publishers Weekly.

So, it still happens. No, it’s not easy, but it’s sure exciting when it happens to someone you know or love reading. Or … and here’s a New Year’s wish … to you!


  1. I'm really looking forward to getting out to watch The Kite Runner, although I have seen some poor reviews. However I loved the book so much I have to go and see and make my own mind up!

  2. It is interesting to see how a director interprets a book. It always reminds me that it's not just a director who can have a vision of the book that differs from my own. If you think about it, every person who reads a particular book sees it with their own "eyes." No matter how well described a character or the scenery, or how unique the voice is, we each have a different mind's view of them.

    Sometimes I'm happy with the director's telling. Oftimes, I prefer my own.


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