Beyond the Blurb | Should We Panic over or Be Ecstatic for Book Adaptations?

Calling all Grisha and stabby babies!

Who’s ready for another discussion post?! The day has come. GrishaVerse is hitting the small screen! And all the Grisha fans let out a collective scream around the world. I clearly heard it. And I couldn’t stop myself from doing the same. Having Nikolai and Kaz sharing the same screen is almost too hard to fathom.

Now, I could rave about this news. And a part of me would like someone, preferably one of my bestie bloggers, to sedate me until we see the cast. I don’t know how I can handle the wait. Can you? I doubt anyone can.

But one little negative thought wiggled in my giddiness: the dreaded “what if the Netflix screws this adaptation up?!” feeling. Yes, I’m stirring the pot. But I’m generally curious to see how people feel about movie adaptations, particularly this one. So should we freak out and be the happy book lovers who’ve been waiting years for this chance? Or are we setting ourselves up for possible disappointment?

With Adaptations, Either We Accept There’ll Be Changes, or We Don’t

As fans, we don’t have much say in the matter. We can complain all we want. But Leigh and her publisher have sold the rights, which are now owned by the movie production company. Sometimes though, negative backlash has made companies backtrack on their cast selections. Just look at what happened with the reboot of Hellboy.


Perhaps We Expect Too Much and Demand Even More

I’ll admit this now: I am one salty bitch. So I bloody hope Eric Heisserer, writer of the Bird Box, and Shawn Levy, executive producer of Stranger Things, will honour the source material. However, Leigh has somewhat calmed my nerves since she has stated she has all the faith in these two. But time will tell though. Should we have high expectations since Netflix is taking the helm? I hope so.


Sometimes What We Imagine Isn’t What We’ll Receive

With the upcoming adaptation of ACOTAR, I doubt the producers will find the right actor to play Rhysand. And I wonder the same about Kaz, Nikolai, and the Darkling. These three characters—frankly all, if not most, of the characters—are pivotal to the series. And several current (and past) adaptations, particularly Shadowhunters, have disappointed followers. Many followers of the TV show Outlander aren’t happy over the change in characters, scenes, and the overall feel of it. You should read some of the comments watchers leave on the Outlander Facebook page.


Even Though We Are the Target Audience, We Should Embrace Changes

Don’t kill me, but some differences from the source material are needed. Directors and writers can add more depth to a scene, bring more characters to the forefront, and explore over avenues the author(s) may not have had the time to. So maybe we should give Netflix some wiggle room. It has adapted best-watched shows. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Punisher, and 13 Reasons Why are in its roster.


So what are your thoughts on book-to-movie adaptations? What are you hoping to see in the GrishaVerse series? What are you freaking out over? Or what are you looking forward to?

6 thoughts on “Beyond the Blurb | Should We Panic over or Be Ecstatic for Book Adaptations?

  1. Love this post. We need to realize that the character in the book is different in EVERYONE’S head. My Nikolai isn’t yours and that’s okay because that is the miracle of books. Some adaptations are worse than others, but if I didn’t have Vampire Diaries in my life I would probably not believe in love. Okay i’m being dramatic, but I mean DAMON. Ok i’ll stop my rant, but you are 100% on it.


  2. Great article!

    I never heard of this series until recently, but definitely hoping to check out these books in 2019. Book Adaptations are always tricky, but I feel when they are adapted into a tv series rather than a movie there’s more of that chance the adaptation is in better hands. There’s just more time to tell the story vs. a two hour movie. YOU by Caroline Kepnes was my favorite book read of 2018 and the tv series was perfectly adapted. Then there was The Girl on the Train that was adapted into a film and was unfortunately just bad. Which was ashame because the book was really good.


  3. I’m quite excited for the adaptation! In her newsletter she said she would add more diversity into the Shadow and Bone storyline. I’m hoping all the rep from SoC doesn’t disapear though.


  4. The only thing that came to mind when I heard the news was: “Shoot, now I REALLY have to read those books soon”, haha!

    On the whole subject of adaptions in general though.. I don’t know. It’s hard when it’s a favorite book / book series. My objective reasoning is that the movie industry needs and is allowed to have wiggle room to make things more appropriate, better for the screen. In the end, a movie / series is something completely different than a book so it only makes sense there will be differences.
    On the other hand, sometimes those differences hurt the people who’ve known the story before and are all “BUT THAT ISN’T WHAT IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE” and I get that. Finding the right balance between those things is.. hard? Near impossible? We can only hope for the best, really. :’)

    [Although I have to say, I’m quite excited to see more and more movie adaptions. If only because it automatically promotes books and authors in general, which is a-ma-zing.]


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