For those who are fans of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, you obviously know that the first book in the series, City of Bones, will be hitting theaters in 2013. It won't be out until August 23, but here's the first trailer for the movie (featuring Twilight's Jamie Campbell Bower, and Mirror Mirror's Lily Collins), and it looks pretty exciting.
Whenever a beloved series gets turned into a movie, there's a certain amount of fan trepidation. Will they represent the characters that I've come to love properly? Will they try and mainstream the ideas, concept, etc.? I tend to look at movies or TV show adaptations of my favorite books as two separate entities—I find it makes me a happier audience member in general, and I don't hold on to so much angst about the series.
No matter how you feel about adaptations it can't be denied that Hollywood loves a good book adaptation—The Hobbit, Twilight, The Great Gatsby (and those are just the titles coming out this year!). It seems in the last few weeks there's been a lot of news, especially in the Young Adult and romance genre, of books being optioned out for film and TV rights. One of the series joining the club is Gwenda Bond's Blackwood. Blackwood follows 17-year-old Miranda as she tries to find out the reason behind the disappearance of 114 people, including her father, from Roanoke Island—the same island where 114 people disappeared almost 300 years ago. The rights for the show have been bought up by MTV, but they're not the only ones buying up book series.
NBC bought up the rights for Amanda Stevens's The Graveyard Queen series. The series is a paranormal romance, but according to a member of Team H&H it's a little light on the romance and heavier on all things paranormal. It follows the story of a graveyard restorer who can see dead people and a haunted detective who solve a string of murders in Charleston, SC.
So, what do you think of book adaptations? Will you follow an author wherever they go, even if it's to the screen?
Jennifer Proffitt is a Midwest transplant to New York City. She spends most of her time reading and writing about romance, but you can follow her other adventures on Twitter @JennProffitt. She works for Heroes and Heartbreakers and Criminal Element.