What is the main reason for good books to be made into movies?

@raxrox (46)
India
January 11, 2007 11:46am CST
I have been watching a few highly-acclaimed movies, lately.. And the thing which i found in common with most of these movies - apart from them being very good- is that, they were all based on some books. So, why do u think people tend to make movies out of the books? 1 reason, i could find is that they give them ready-made good stories, having to only work on the screenplay, a bit. Also, since the book is fairly well-accepted, they r bound to have less of a trouble in making a story acceptable.. What do u guys think about this trend?
8 responses
• United States
11 Jan 07
I belive that the more electronics they come out with for kids is killing the passion of reading for kids they have to have visual interaction in order to understand. So if they take a book and make it a movie everyone will get a chance to see it. kinda takes the fun out of an imagination though.
@raxrox (46)
• India
13 Jan 07
Yeah, that is there.. But, most of the movies are made after a couple of yrs, if not more, after the books gets released. So, that gives a chance for many ppl to finish reading it. And, anyway, most people do realise any movie cant offer as much as the books can. Movies can only give a gist of the story, covering the highlights.
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
apart from having ready-made good stories, perhaps their line of thinking is that the readers of such good books would definitely want to see the books' movie adaptations and it's more likely that the movies will become big hits like the books.
• United States
13 Jan 07
I agree with this. No studio, director, actor, etc would waste their time or money adapting a book to film if they didn't think it would earn them big bucks. And just look at the examples from the past few years: Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Sin City (yes, a graphic novel, but still), The Devil Wears Prada, etc. The studios already know the books have fans who will not only check out the film adaptation, but will probably make great consumers of movie merchandise and special DVD sets.
@HERMIS (16)
• United States
14 Jan 07
One more reason could be, nowadays very few people read books. Movie is watched by thousands. So to reach a large number good books are made into movies.
@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I like the movies that are based on books. 9 out of 10 movies based on a book is not exactly like the book. Even so, if it is a best seller like most of Stephen King's books then the movie industry knows it will be a hit movie. They can cash in on someone elses idea. There are a lot of people who do not have time to read a lot of books but will take the 1 hour and a half (or more)to watch the movie. And if the reader of the book finds it interesting they too will watch the movie. Most best sellers become box office hits.
• United States
13 Jan 07
I think some books are just ment to be movies becaus ethey are so good. Usually agood movie comes form a great book or story otherwise we wouldn't have movies at all.
• United States
12 Jan 07
It is true that the directors dont have to worry bout the story but a gud story doesn garuntee a gud film
@rmuxagirl (7562)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I think that's one reason, but also the book has such success I think movie markers want to try and do the novel justice by telling the story in a visual way.
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
11 Jan 07
It's true that ready made stories are a factor. And, they enjoy a story so much, they want to tell it using their method of storytelling -movies. they want to see their vision of a book come to life.