There is a growing trend in the movie industry, which is to make a movie based on a book. Some recent movies that have followed this trend include Twilight; New Moon; Eclipse; Harry Potter; Eat, Pray Love; Dear John; The Chronicles of Narnia; The Last Song; among many others. These movies have had a great acceptance from the general public. However, they have not been widely acclaimed by most fans of the book. I can say that I enjoy watching the movies but I rather read the book first before going to watch the movie. There are times that some movies go along fairly well with the book, but there are other times when some important things are left out making the movie a bit weak. Having read the book has helped me "fill-in the gaps."I know that it isn't easy making a movie based on a book because the movie makers only have a certain amount of time for it. The book has to be condensed to anywhere from an hour and a half to three hours. Of course this is acceptable.
Although I love watching movies based on books, I feel as though the magic is lost. Whenever I read a book, I like to imagine everything that occurs in it. When a movie is created, it sometimes ruins the image that I had of the characters or the scenes. I also consider this trend as an indication that writers for movies aren't being considered as they should be. Why aren't writers for movies coming up with their own stories? Why must they be ignored? I don't have an answer to this but I wish that writers be given the opportunity to create their own stories.
I don't know how the movie industry is going to develop in the future but one thing is for certain: I will continue to go to the movies and if the movie is based on a book, I will read the book beforehand.