From the Fandom Friday: Dear Movie Directors

Movies make our precious books come alive.  We can see real faces experience what happened in the  book...or in most cases, not what happened in the book.


Dear Movie Directors,

Thank you for taking an interest in our precious book series.  We appreciate that you want to turn an epic tale into a cinematic masterpiece.  However, we, The Fandom, have some requests.

1. Please study the book.  This is very important to us.  The author created the character with that color hair and eyes for a reason, so please don't change it.

2. PLEASE DON'T CHANGE A THING!  This is a big one for us.  The author who wrote this book made everything so interesting you don't need to "beef up the plot".  There is a reason it has a Fandom.  Please listen to the audience who will be watching this movie/series of movies.

3. Please don't add anything innappropriate.  I think you know what I'm talking about, Movie Director.  It isn't necessary and probably wasn't in the book, so please leave it out.  

4. Please keep costumes like the descriptions in the book.  Again, the author wrote the costumes the way he/she did for a reason.  Look on their Pinterest board if you need help.

5. Please offer the author a small part.  The author of this incredible book must be honored!  Need we say more?

We hope that you will consider these five points when you produce this movie.  Thank you for listening!

God Bless!
The Fandom
(a.k.a. Alea Harper representing all the Fandoms)

Do you think this is accurate?  Have you ever liked a book's movie better than the actual book?  Let me know in the comments!


  1. Ehhhhhhhh... I can see where you're coming from but I don't think that I could agree with you on all these points. I mean, for one thing, by nature movies are a different medium than books which means that there must be changes and even if they aren't completely true to the book, it isn't a bad thing. It just means that movies are different than books. And in fact, if movies were completely true to their books, they would totally suck. So yes, while they should study the book, I don't feel like demanding exactness in terms of plot and characters and descriptions would be helpful, you know? I will also just say that just because you wouldn't discuss them in front of a six-year-old doesn't mean that sexual, racial, social, and political things should be explored in movies—but it depends on the book we're discussing. But that is just what I think. I WILL say that I do think it's adorable when the author gets to be in the movie, which is why movies like Holes and The Twilight Saga ended up being so good.

    Anyway, it was interesting to see your thoughts, even if we didn't agree on all the points. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I do see what you mean, I just don't like it when there are changes made, especially in The Maze Runner.

  2. Some changes are ok.... but most ARE TOTALLY UNNECESSARY! Especially when they start adding in inappropriate stuff..... it is just like "You killed those characters for me, I loved them how they are in the book!"

    That really annoyed and confused feeling you get when watching a movie trailer and you are like..... wait is this the right one? .... and the even worse feeling when you realize it is...... at least it has the same name as those books you love...

  3. I know! I think movie directors must be like this: "Ooo, look! Here's a book that everyone loves! Let's make it into a movie and change it completely."
    Half of the changes they make are just not necessary...

    Except, every once in a while, the directors /do/ come up with some good changes, so I wouldn't necessarily say don't change /anything/, but very carefully consider it before you change it and maybe get the author's feedback on it first.
    But mostly yes, DON'T TOUCH MY PRECIOUS.


    1. I did like the changes they made to "The Giver" but almost every other movie, I didn't like the changes.


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