I think every author dreams of having their story optioned as a major motion picture. In fact, sometimes as we write, we can imagine in our minds how fabulous certain actors/actresses will look playing the different parts. It's the crown-jewels of story writing-- to see your book played out on the BIG screen. Though the process of taking a 300-page book and turning it into a viable screenplay that will sell can be difficult and painful, it is still highly worth it! Your book may or may not resemble the final show, but regardless of what the screenwriters/producers do, it's YOUR name up there in big letters.
Over the years, I've noticed there are some movies that instead of appearing to be loosely based on someone's book actually improve the it significantly. Take Mary Poppins. She's far more lovable and kind in the movie than she ever was in the book. I was shocked to read how sarcastic and demeaning the "print" nanny was. Yikes!
Another movie is The Princess Diaries. Through some skillful rewriting, they took out some potentially "delicate" material and turned the movie into mega "tweenie" hits.
Are there movies you prefer to the books? Or books destroyed by movies? What do you think? Leave your comments below.