Dan's Friday Blog!


Hello Everyone and Happy Friday! Wahoo!

Well, we are still in lock down, but I hope you find something great to do over the weekend!

This week I’d like to talk a bit about when a book becomes a movie. The thing is, if it’s your favourite book of all time, you’re probably going to have high expectations from the film. I guess the thing about turning a book into a movie is how long will this movie be? If it is only the standard ninety minutes running time, they might have to cut a few things from the book. Especially if the book is over four or five hundred pages. In my humble opinion, the Harry Potter films did a fantastic job of capturing the magic of the books. The casting, screenplay, sets, music etc. Those production people did everything right. I’m guessing J.K. Rowling must have had a say on how all the films were made. Also, the TV mini-series version of Anne of Green Gables starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, Richard Farnsworth…I read the books and then watched the mini-series, and it was amazing. A lot of the success of that series had to do with the cast and the casting of the actors, which I thought were perfect.

Now on the flipside, I remember seeing the film ‘Field of Dreams’. And I freakin’ loved it! At the time, I didn’t know it was a book. After I saw the movie, I read it. It’s called ‘Shoeless Joe’ by Canadian writer W.P. Kinsella. I liked the book so much I have read it three times. So, it can work in a different order sometimes. I would, however, prefer to read the book first before the movie but as I’ve shown, it isn’t always necessary.

There are also graphic novels that have been turned into TV series as well. I recently watched the Umbrella Academy, Locke & Key and really liked them a lot. Here are some more: The Walking Dead, Snowpiercer, Wynonna Earp, Kick Ass, Sin City, Cowboys & Aliens to name a few.

Have a great long weekend!



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