Adaptations: Holding On To The Heart Of The Book


Pictured above are the two men who wrote Ready Player Onedefinitely one of my favorite films of the year. On the left is Zak Penn (writer of the adaptation)and on the right is Ernest Cline (writer of the novel). I’ve read the book, and watched the movie, and I love them both.

These are two very different experiences, and if you’ve been through the book and the movie you’ll understand just how vastly different they are. This brings me to my point, as long as the heart and soul of the story transferred from the book to the movie I believe it will be a successful adaptation. A lot can change in an adaptation, scenes can be moved around, characters can be taken out or changed, a story that can be told in years can be told in weeks, etc.

I used to think adaptations were a problem, and that they were ruining television and film. The film industry was flooded with them when I was in high school, and less and less original stories have been coming to the big screen. Sometimes I miss movies just being made for theaters, but we’re in a different age. I’m now under the belief that if they are done well, and they are being done very well, then they are certainly worth a watch and can become favorites and classics. I think Ready Player Oneis a perfect example of a great adaptation, so I found an article that explains why it is very well. It’s written by Perri Nemiroff at Collider: Ready Player One’ Book vs. Film: Spielberg Doesn’t Cover It All but Nails the Best Part