Dear Authors Everywhere,
As I explained in this post, the future for book-to-movie adaptations is not bright. Lord of the Rings turned out well, most of the Harry Potter movies were great, and the Twilight and Hunger Games movies have managed to improve, but don’t let that fool you. The flops far outweigh the successes. Look at both Percy Jackson moves, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Eragon, Divergent, Ella Enchanted… We are inundated with appalling excuses for book adaptations (see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug).
I beg you now, do not let your work, your art, your masterpieces be corrupted, marred and stained by cinematic brothers. Do not allow more screenwriters and directors to get their grubby, unworthy, and slimy hands on your words. Because, as Peter Jackson has shown us, no one can be trusted. He did a beautiful job with The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Pt. 1, but The Desolation of Smaug was a catastrophe of epic proportions.
Is it really worth the money? No. Is it worth the time of everyone involved? No. Do yourselves, your fans, and your art a favor and do not allow them to twist it into a hideous, unrecognizable form. Lock your doors, guard your children, and never give them rights to massacre your work. Because your art will forever bear the shame of its evil counter parts with horrific movie companion covers of actors who, most likely, won’t be good representatives of your characters and world. Let Hollywood stick to superhero movies. They’re the only thing it’s semi-decent at; and while superheroes will be given second chances, your books will not.