I approach book to movie adaptations with a heavy sense of apprehension. A movie nearly always fails to reach the splendor of a book that I love. I'm sure most of you feel the same.
Even worse than the movie oftentimes is the movie book cover adaptation. You take a perfectly good book cover and ruin it by sticking a sappy photo of the stars on the front cover. But it's not always bad. Sometimes a movie cover captures the spirit of the book. Or the original cover is so bad that the movie version is equivalent or better.
This topic came to my mind today when I when into Barnes & Noble and saw the new movie tie-in cover for
I hate this. I really, really hate this.
The giant photo of Tris on the cover makes her look like a typical, weak YA protagonist. Her suffering is emphasized instead of her strength. Plus, what are those birds for? I loved the original cover with the bold loop of fire.
Here are some other comparisons from the original cover to the movie tie-in:
I don't love the original cover for Vampire Academy, but the movie cover is bad on so many levels. The short skirts and poses sexes up the girls. The actress playing Lissa looks completely wrong to me. And there's zero reflection of the kick-ass personality that defines Rose.
I actually like the Twilight movie tie-in cover. I love the simplicity of the original cover. It was different from any YA cover at the time. I like the movie cover as well, because it captures the attitude and romantic tension of the book.
City of Bones
This isn't too bad actually. Mostly because I dislike the original cover so much. I like that there's a ruin on it. Is that big building on the cover the Institute? I'm not sure.
The Hunger Games
This is perfect. One of the only movie tie-in covers that captures the spirit of the book and actually looks better than the original cover.
This isn't too bad. It emphasizes Katniss's strength and the bleakness of her world. But it looks really photo-shopped.
It's all right. Similar enough to the original cover and it basically honors the characters and spirit of the book.
The Book Thief
I like the movie version. The actress Sophie Nelisse looks haunting. But I still like the original better, given the great symbolism of dominoes about the follow.