From Books to Movies

From Books to Movies

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By JonAnthony Dangler, Writer

The success of genre crossover will most likely always be an opinion that divides the masses. Does the integrity of a well written book stay intact when formatted for the big screen or TV? Does your love for the characters and a story line stay the same when their visuals are no longer for the reader to create? These questions, among others, are asked more and more as hit novels are now almost always made into movies.

The most recent example is Goosebumps, starring Jack Black. Personally, I had no interest in the book series by R. L. Stein when it was introduced to me in school, but then I came across the TV show, which I found incredibly scary and intriguing. I was quite stumped because the Goosebumps books were being promoted to fourth and fifth graders, but some of the words definitely sent chills down my spine. However, the movie that recently came out differed greatly from the spooky novel and TV series. The extreme contrast from the book to TV show to the movie is an example of the problem with genre crossover. I was extremely and pleasantly surprised at the believable portrayal by Jack Black. The carefully chosen characters delivered the story lines in a way that compelled audience members and their genuine reactions to the dynamic special effect characters were seamless. For me it was a perfect combination of a children’s story line mixed with suspense rather than terror. I would rate this for ages 7 and up and recommend as a great family movie event and seasonal thriller.