Good Morning All!
A little update for you this morning. As you may have noticed, I'm trying to get the website all smashingly good looking! I've added a new page titled "In Case You Missed It" for Realm related things that were posted elsewhere. The first post on that page is a good one... a rare interview Prince Luc of Celine did with the fine ladies at Young Adult & Teen Readers on Facebook! If you missed the interview when it originally ran, head on over and check it out here on my site. Learn why our dear Luc has a "thing" for motorcycles! I never would have thought it...
Tomorrow is the Twilight Marathon. I'll be attending with my daughter to finish celebrating her entrance into teen years...ugg..where has the time gone? 66% of my kids are now teens!
Admittedly, I'm not a huge TwiHard, I don't particularly care for the films at all. I was disappointed in them. I applaud Ms. Meyer and her support for the films, however, and stuck to my rule with my daughter- if its a book first, it must be read before viewing!
That brings me to today's blog...
With so many books being adapted for the big screen or television, I find myself curious... is Hollywood running out of original material or are the books just that good? Sadly, I think its neither. It all boils down to the almighty dollar.
Some authors, like JR Ward, do not wish to have their books adapted. And while us rabid fans may crave more of her hulking handsome Brothers, I respect her wishes. It brings up a question I get frequently- Would I like my books to be made into movies or TV shows?
The short answer? Why not?
But life is seldom made up of short answers, isn't it.
In fact, roughly two months ago, I was approached by a television company about the possibility of adapting the Maggie Henning books into a tv series. While I know many of you are about to freak out...relax...
I declined...and I will tell you why.
After some research into this company, that produces some wildly popular TV programs, I learned that other authors who have had their work adapted by them pretty much lost control of their stories. See- this company, when buying the option rights and leaving these authors blinded by the big lights on the West Coast, snuck in a few clauses...namely- that they could modify future books in the series. These authors now have lost their books..the stories they had wanted to tell are out of their hands.
While it would be so cool to see a little graphic roll across the screen that says "based on the books by Lisa C. Morgan", the characters are like my babies. I'm not sure what I would do if I lost them. There is a story to be told with these beings of The Realm, and I really want to be the one to tell it.
And frankly, if one person liked it, maybe someone else will, too?
Books into movies opens a door... folks who may not normally even know about a book series, let alone read it, learn of them when they hear the buzz that "such and such book is going to be a movie/tv show!" It draws in more readers to the series, discovering the books anew.
For example, the fantastic Shelley Crane's book is now being made into a film. While I'd heard of it, as I'm sure many of you also had, there are others who hadn't! Now I'm seeing more and more folks buying copies of her spectacular books! That is always a great thing.
Not every adaptation will be fantastic...I think we can all agree that Percy Jackson fell a little short of the mark, but the one sentence "The Lightning Thief is going to be a film!" was enough to garner more readers, and really? What's better than that?
Marketability is a huge Hollywood thing... Can this book-turned-movie sell things like tshirts and keychains? What else can we sell with that logo on it? A book will not be optioned if the potential production company doesn't think they can find other ways to make some dough...
Options do not guarantee a tv show or movie...only that it is possible.
So, while we await the next big adaptation, let us all take a stroll to our local libraries or download a new read...you may just be getting the inside scoop on the next blockbuster!
Lisa C. Morgan
author, mother, reader, fangirl, harbinger of doom, and extreme nerd