Should Authors Have More Say in Adaptations?


Here is a great post from Shannon A. Thompson on the topic of book adaptation that resonates with me after having seen the latest Jack Reacher movie starring Tom Cruise. For anyone who has read Lee Child’s books, Reacher is 6’5″ and very muscular, more like The Rock than Tom Cruise. Anyway, enjoy this post.

Shannon A Thompson

Should authors have more say when their novels are adapted to TV or film?

Short answer: Absolutely. But the long answer is a lot more complicated.

For one, authors write novels for a reason. That’s how they like to express themselves. TV and movie writing is a completely different ballgame. When I studied screenwriting in college, for instance, I had never felt so lost in my life. That being said, I don’t think authors should be entirely removed from their work when it is adapted just because it’s a different art form. In fact, I think it benefits everyone to work together. (I also understand that TV/Film rights have a lot to do with the author’s literary agency and how they negotiated a deal.) After acknowledging that, though, I want to talk about why I wish authors had more say so in the end.

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