50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @The Butterfly Reads
and I and focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week will have a new topic and several advance topics will be listed in the tab labeled 50/50 Friday!
Today’s Topic: Book to the Big Screen/Never to the Big Screen (AKA, a series worthy of a TV show or movie vs a movie that wouldn’t translate well)
Book to the Big Screen:
“Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.”
Why it would be perfect:
So the rights have already been sold for this book to become a TV show (back in 2015 I believe) but I still decided to choose it! I’m always leery about sci-fi or fantasy books becoming TV shows or movies because if they have a low budget, the CGI can end up looking really fake and can trivialize the entire plot. But this series has enough ‘real world’ in it with just a few fantasy elements that I think it would translate really well! I also agree with the TV show instead of a movie because they can take it in so many different directions (especially with the open ending of the third book in the trilogy). Hopefully this becomes a thing soon!
Never to the Big Screen:
“Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?”
Why it’s better as a book:
At first, I really wanted this to have an adaptation. But in my honest opinion, half the beauty of this book is the writing and the thoughts that go on within Karou’s mind. It’s the psychological element. And when you adapt the written word into actions, sometimes you can’t include those exchanges without making it incredibly weird. And because of the beautiful writing, I have this certain image in my mind and if they messed up the CGI even a little, it would ruin that image. So I’m completely content with the books!
What’s your opinion? Have you read these books? Do you think they should have adaptations? Know of other books that should or shouldn’t have adaptations? Make a post and link in below!
Next week’s topic is: Best/Worst Villain an author has created