Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fantastical Paths from Pages to Film

Fantasy books.

Fantasy movies.

Fantasy books adapted into fantasy movies.

Hey everyone! It’s Melanie Ryder, one of Alyssa Montgomery’s characters, and I’m back for yet another blog!

One of my favorite genres to read is fantasy books. I simply love how authors create their own universe that you can easily blend yourself into and understand.

But one thing that always amazes me, however, is how they are able to take that fantasy book and adapt it into a movie that plays on the big screen. An idea that was once on paper has now come to life as an absolute vision so everyone can now, not only read it, but see it.

How cool is that??

I think one of the best examples of this adaptation is Harry Potter. These are my favorite books, and I get so excited each and every time the next book is made into a movie. What the people who work on the Harry Potter movies are able to do is amazing! Both Cal and I absolutely love the floating candles in the Great Hall (and not to mention the sky). And what about Quidditch? Those scenes were exactly as I had pictured them in the books! (And Parker wants to let you all know that the scenes are exactly the way he pictured them too).

So now that you all know about my love (and Cal’s and Parker’s) for the Harry Potter books and the adaptation of them into movies, what about everyone else? Are there any fantasy books that you love the movie adaptations of?

Melanie Ryder can be found in Alyssa Montgomery's short stories, Where Are You? and 9:53 P.M. (from the Heat of the Moment Anthology).


Nick Valentino said...

I totally agree with you Melanie! ;) The opening scene in the first Harry Potter is a perfect match to the book. Everything mataches to a tee. I remember thinking, "They got it right! Hollywood finally got a scene exactly like the book!"


Pam Ripling said...

Me too! One of my favorites in that movie is the troll in the bathroom scene with Hermione! Also love the floating pumpkins in the great dining hall.

My favorite, all time adaptation is LORD OF THE RINGS. I know I'm far from alone, there. With today's CGI effects and ability to reach remote locations for shooting, this is a wonderful example of incredible adaptation.

Good topic, Melanie!!


Martin Bartloff said...

I can't keep up with this one, I only watched some of the Potter movies. I always thought the movies were more detailed. I guess that isn't so?



norm said...

Loved both the books and the movies!


Ophelia Julien said...

Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are the best adaptations I've seen of fantasy books I cared about. I'd love to turn Peter Jackson loose on A Wrinkle in Time.

Great post!