Books to Movies by LeAnne Bristow

Hey! Have you heard the news? Our own Catherine Lanigan has a movie coming out on March 17th! To say this exciting is an understatement! And the fact that the movie is based on her Heartwarming book makes it even more exciting! I know we will all be tuned to the Hallmark Channel on March 17th. And today, she's making a special appearance on Hallmark's Home and Family Show at 10 am eastern time. I've already got my DVR set to record!


All the excitement got me thinking about books that have been made into movies. Some have been huge hits, such as Harry Potter or Twilight. Others didn't seem to be able to bring the books magic to the screen. One of my favorite YA series was The Mortal Instruments and I was really excited to see the premier of the first movie, City of Bones. While it wasn't horrible (I actually enjoyed it), it didn't capture audiences and the rest of the films were canned before they even got started. Instead, the series was turned into a television series. I can't comment on that because I haven't seen in yet.

Most people read the books first. They are the ones so passionate about the movie. I have to admit that there are several book series that I only read because the movie got me interested. My oldest daughter was a huge Twilight fan. Read the books a jillion times. Went to the midnight premier of the first movie and rushed to buy it on DVD as soon as it came out. One weekend, I finally gave in to her begging and watched the movie with her. It wasn't a movie that blew me away, but it did get interested in the story. And since books are always better than the movie, I started reading. I finished the entire series in three days. And I admit, I was one who anxiously waited outside theaters for the midnight premier of the rest of the movies right along with my daughter.



Movies can reach people who would normally not pick up that book. Another example is Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Years ago I was at a writing conference in Phoenix where Ms. Gabaldon was the keynote speaker. Women were pushing past me to go get her autograph. I'd never heard of the series and asked someone what it was about. "Oh," she gushed. "This WW2 nurse travels back in time---" I tuned the rest out. Time travel? Not my thing. I'm not a sci-fi fan. At all. But I went to listen to the keynote. At this conference, she announced that Starz was producing the Outlander Series and they'd just cast the role of Jamie. As soon as the name Jamie passed her lips, the audience screamed. Women next to me were crying. CRYING. I went home thinking they must be the silliest people in the world.

Fast forward to almost a year later. Starz had a free movie weekend and the first show in the series just happened to be on. I was bored. There was nothing else on. I watched. And I got it. I was on the phone subscribing to the Starz network within the hour. I've since purchased all the books and watched all 3 seasons several times. And counting down the days until Droughtlander is over and season 4 begins. And now I'm pushing past people to get Ms. Gabaldon's autograph and crying whenever I hear the name Jamie.



I became a fan of those books because I saw the movie first. Are books are always better than the movie? Of course they are! Books can get you deeper into the head of the character. You hear their thoughts. Feel their anguish. The ability of movies to do that is limited, yet still do an amazing job. In today's world, where instant gratification is so prevalent, maybe movies will turn people back into readers. I predict thousands of women will fall in love with the characters in the movie "Sweetest Heart" and flock to buy Catherine's SHORES OF INDIANA LAKE series. Maybe they'll fall so in love with Heartwarming books that they'll pick up more books. Who knows? The sky's the limit.

Don't forget to tune in to the Hallmark Channel today at 10am eastern for Catherine's guest appearance on Home and Family and March 17th for the premier of "Sweetest Heart"!

What about you? What are some of your favorite books that have made it to movies? Was it a hit or a flop?


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  1. Thanks for the reminder about Home and Family this morning. What fun! So proud of our Catherine!!

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  2. I read the Hunger Games books after the movie and feel like I got more substance out of the books. Can't wait to see Catherine's book on Hallmark.

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    1. Yeah! I'm not the only one who is inspired by a movie to read the book. :)

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  3. I saw Hunger Games after I read the book and also got more out of the book. Mostly if I really like a book I skip the movie as I'm usually disappointed. But with Catherine's I know we'll all like both as she has been involved in doing the movie, too.

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    1. I'm sure the movie will be awesome. I just saw a preview for it and it looks amazing.

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  4. I'm always torn about seeing the movie/T.V. show after reading the books. I've created the movie in my mind, and the real movie never seems as authentic. Mind, I did watch The Outlander series because, let's face it, it is Jamie, whatever the kilt. Best!

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    1. I have decided watching the movie first makes the book that much more enjoyable. But really. Can we just take a moment to talk about Jamie? ...sigh....

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  5. This may be blasphemy, but I think I liked the movie version of Sense and Sensibility better than the book. (Please, don't hit me, I like P&P as a book better, so I'm not a total philistine.) But skipping over the brother's endless bartering down of his father's promise was okay by me.

    Normally I like books better, because a two hour movie doesn't give you the same time to understand the characters. So usually, I'd say mini-series are better at translating the books than movies.

    If they do a good job with the movie, it can add an interpretation that might have been missed in the way I understood the book. Might not be better, but can add a layer.

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    1. Kim, if they hit you, they'll have to hit me too. I'm afraid I feel the same way about Sense & Sensibility!

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  6. Forest Gump was one of the few where I thought the movie better than the book. Usually I like the slower pace and deeper thoughts of a book. I'll be traveling on the 17th, but I'm hoping I can catch The Sweetest Heart in my hotel room. Go, Catherine!

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    1. Set your tv up to record it if you can! And I haven't read the Forrest Gump book, so I will have to check that out. I love the movie, though.

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  7. I’ve actually enjoyed watching some of Nicholas Sparks’s movies better than reading the books. I thought the movie THE HELP was as likeable as the book. and I loved the movie WITHOUT A TRACE, better than the book which was called Still Missing. I never read The Shawshank Redemption, but I watch the movie whenever it comes on and think it’s incredibly well done.
    Admittedly this is the exception and not the rule. Almost always I enjoy the book better. ( :

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  8. Oh, and of course I’ll be watching Catherine’s movie!! Can’t wait.

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  9. I always like the book better. And I will be watching Catherine's movie!

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  10. Hi LeAnne! I recorded the Home and Family and plan to watch it tonight. As for the movie, our DVR is set! This is so exciting! Gone With the Wind is probably my favorite book to movie. I know the movie is long, but I love it!

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  11. One of the late Diann Hunt's books was made into a Hallmark movie and I remember enjoying it, but being so sorry she hadn't lived to see it on the screen although she knew it was coming. They did a great job with the treatment. I'm anxious to see Catherine's!

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