Sometimes adaptations of classic stories don’t turn out well. I’ve always wondered about why there may be drastic changes from novel to screen or vice versa….
I know there are usually legitimate reasons in adaptations that clearly work hard to remain faithful. But sometimes I feel that those adapting the original work to another form of media try too hard to put their own twist on things and the original story is lost in translation.
Take the Percy Jackson film series for a second, okay? I read The Lightning Thief when I was twelve and didn’t like it much. I won’t go into why, but when I’d heard of all the changes they’d made for the film, I was disappointed. As much as I didn’t like the book, I hate seeing written work be disrespected. For example, Annabeth not being blonde in the first film is excusable, since it doesn’t affect overall plot, but Percy battling Luke instead of Ares? That’s a change I can’t wrap my head around. Why was that change needed?
Now, getting back to Watership Down, there was a TV series that ran from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. Responding to criticism from the animated film, it was a watered down (pun totally intended) version that took care of the majority of the story from the novel in the first ten episodes. The events were also twisted to meet parental standards (I personally don’t care how many parents would have called sexism on the show, Blackberry being a doe was unacceptable). Another twisted event that comes to mind is why was Hyzenthlay’s story changed to involve another warren?
Honestly, stuff like this boggles my mind. I’m terrified of how the 2017 Watership remake could turn out. Please, God, have them respect the written word…