We've all had it happen: you're just living your life, and then you get the news that your favorite book is being turned into a movie. Eek! Suddenly everything's changed. That world that used to only exist in your imagination is now going to be in the spotlight, with actors, and sets, and scripts and maybe even (gasp!) plot changes. You'll get to experience your favorite story in a whole new way. It has the potential to be incredible.
But it could also go so horribly wrong.
Right now, we're in the golden age of book-to-screen adaptations. And especially with the success of book-to-television adaptations, many networks and streaming services are hopping on the adaptation bandwagon and bringing some of our favorite reads to the screen, including The Handmaid's Tale, 13 Reasons Why, and American Gods.
When it comes to book-to-screen adaptations, I am extremely protective of the original book. I hate it when the screen adaptation changes things. (I am absolutely the most annoying person to watch Harry Potter or Game of Thrones with.) But, on the other hand, it can also be so exciting to see a new artistic representation of the story that you love, and I adore it when a director can pull off something innovative.
Having your favorite book be adapted is such an emotional time. Here are some of the feelings we've all felt as our favorite reads are turned into movies and shows.