As you may have noticed, we get pretty excited about “Books on Screen” on Teenreads --- we highlight the latest film versions of your favorite novels every month, interview people whose very job is to make these adaptations come to life and swoon about all things “John Green on screen” and The Hunger Games.
There’s a simple reason for this: it’s always interesting to see how words on a page will translate to the theater, even if that interest is tinged with fear. Will the screenwriter keep exact lines of dialogue and enact as many scenes as possible, hoping to stay true to the novel and prevent an uprising from its diehard fans? Or will they simply “base” their movie project on the tale, keeping the story as the skeleton but padding it with some very different flesh (sorry, that was a gross image, wasn’t it?).