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Sunday, July 8, 2012

[Before I Wake blog tour] Rachel’s Top Five Book to Movie Conversions

As part of the blog tour for the latest installment of the addictive Soul Screamers series, Rachel Vincent is on the blog telling us her favorite book to movie adaptations!

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What are your top five favourite films that were originally books?

In no particular order…

The Shawshank Redemption. I’m a huge Stephen King fan, and I read this short story ages ago and loved it. But I loved the movie even better. The acting is phenomenal and the changes made between the story and the movie were not only understandable, they were also necessary and well-done.

The Green Mile. Again, I’m a huge fan of King. The Green Mile came out in serial form during my senior year in high school, if memory serves, and I read each part greedily, then moaned about having to wait for the next bit. I loved it. But again, the movie holds its own, whether or not you’ve read the book. That was hands-down my favourite role ever for Michael Clarke Duncan and one of my favourites for Tom Hanks. And the supporting roles were also incredibly well-cast and acted.

Harry Potter. The whole series. There are many, many changes/omissions made between the books and the movies, but it would have been impossible to include everything from the books on screen, and I thought that the film adaptations were brilliant. And for that nearly-last scene where Harry Potter is trapped in a mental version of the train station… I didn’t understand that AT ALL in the book, but the movie managed to make it make sense, so YAY!

The Hunger Games. I’d never heard of the books until the movie was already being filmed and people were ranting/raving over the actors chosen. I got curious, so I bought the book and DEVOURED it. Action heroine. Devoted love interests. Revolution. These are some of my favourite things in fiction (things I write about myself, over and over) and I thought Suzanne Collins did a fantastic job with them. Especially in that first book. So, naturally, I went to see The Hunger Games on opening day, even though I had to by my tickets weeks in advance. I loved the casting (ALL of it) and most of the changes from the book were minor and for the best. (An out-of-order shot of the district 11 revolt was particularly well-placed.) I loved the whole thing. It truly captured the spirit and feel of the books, both character and worldbuilding.

I Am Legend. I love Will Smith with an almost unhealthy passion. When I saw the ads for I Am Legend, I was terribly excited to find dangerous, unattractive, non-brooding vamps/zombies in a movie staring (almost exclusively) one of my favourite actors. So I bought the book and read it in anticipation of the movie. The book and movie were very different. Different time periods. Different back story. Different main character (except for the name, I think). Different ending. I Am Legend was more inspired by the book than based on it. But I loved them both. The film remains one of my very favourite horror/vamp movies ever.

If Soul Screamers was to make it on the big screen, have you got any preferences about who would play the main characters?

You know, I don’t. I used to, but I started writing Soul Screamers back in 2008, and since then, nearly all of the actors I pictured for the roles have outgrown the part. So, I don’t intend to start fantasy casting again until/when the books are actually optioned. ;)


I loved this list! I've watched all five films and I have to say, Rachel's got awesome taste in movies!And if you were to make a cast for the Soul Screamers, who would you have as Kaylee? Tod? Nash?

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent
July 6th 2012, Published by Mira Ink

I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.
The good news? He didn’t get it.
The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…

Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much
harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent
“recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.

But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim
stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….


  1. I can'r cast this series I just can't ... Tod is someone I've never connected to an actor and I don't think I'm going to anytime soon....I'll just wait till it's made into a movie/TV series

    HARRY POTTER was an awesome book to movie conversion
    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

    1. I have difficulty in putting on faces on characters of books I love, so I have to agree with you! I hope this series gets to be made into a move though!

  2. Oh goodness YES YES YES YES YESSSSSS to the adaptations. Harry Potter? MY FAVORITE. And I LOVED THG and... yes :D

    I can NEVER picture characters with faces until I see fantasy casts. Bizarre, but I have a crappy imagination >__<


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