Making Movies from Kid’s Books – Not always successful

February 19th, 2008

We went to see the Spiderwick Chronicles today. This series is one that our family has read several times over and thoroughly enjoyed. Fairies, goblins, elves, and a book full of secrets. All the makings of a great story. Sadly, the movie didn’t offer as much entertainment as the books do. It fell a bit….short.

That seems to be the case when many children’s books are brought to the big screen. We are big fans of the Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. For some reason, the somber mystery that the books portrays didn’t transfer to the big screen. No matter how hard Jim Carrey tried, Count Olaf couldn’t save the film from failure.

Why can’t book adaptations do a better job? Our family is still waiting for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians movie to come out. As this is one of our favorite series (and then some), we are hoping that the movie studios work some magic (forgive the pun).

If they can do it for Harry Potter and Narnia, why can’t they do it for other book series?

One Response to “Making Movies from Kid’s Books – Not always successful”

  1. Brotha Man Says:

    I still feel that Narnia was sorta meh. I enjoyed the books, the movie was just a graphics fest.

    And the little girl who is supposed to be cute? I wanted to choke her the entire film.

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