Flashback to a few years ago, when The Hunger Games was one of the biggest movies in the world, Divergent had just been released, and The Maze Runner was on its way. It seemed like almost every couple of months, another YA book to movie adaptation was coming soon. There are so many adaptions that I could list off the top of my head from 2012-2017. But from 2018-2019? I can only think of a few YA ones.
So what happened to them?
There’s probably a whole bunch of different explanations. The only one I can think of is that there was too many. They were all competing with each other. Movie companies got greedy, viewing them as money makers, and just kept pushing more and more out. They ended up straying from the raw material, what made them great in the first place, changing so much of the story to fit new audiences. They lost their way. Look what happened to the Divergent series… the last movie never even happened and it had been changed so much from the books that it was almost unrecognisable.
Where are we now in 2019?
What prompted me to write this blog post was the announcement of the Grisha TV series cast (which I am so excited about!). It now seems like a lot of our much loved books are going to our TV screens; with others such as Throne of Glass on their way.
With TV shows, there’s so much more time – everything can be explored in depth and there isn’t really any excuse to miss details out. Characters can develop, the plot can be complex, and it doesn’t have to be wrapped up neatly and have all of our questions answered straight away.
Movies are fantastic and for some book adaptations, they work really well, better than if they were a TV show (e.g To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before). But there’s just something about tuning in every week to see a new episode that excites me so much more than going to the cinema.
It’ll be very interesting to see how well these TV shows do over the next few years. I’m hoping that they’ll all do amazingly but there is a little part of me that’s worried they’ll suffer the same way as the movies.