Opinions about film adaptations of books vary. While some like to watch the pages of their favorite book come to life, others prefer they didn’t. This dichotomy is familiar to most of us. How people feel about the movie editions of books, however, can have the same sentiments.
Whenever my sister and I walk into a bookstore, we notice the front and center placement of books that either have been adapted to film or will be adapted soon. The cover of these books are usually related to the film. Of course, it’s great that publicity encourages people to read the book before watching the film. However, without the book’s’ original cover art, the book may become subject to recognition only by its film.
Some take issue with this. The book becomes known in conjunction with the film, not as a piece of literature that is separate from visual media. This is the case with those who have heard of the book only from advertisements for the film. There have been instances where people will talk about a movie as if the book does not exist.
There is no doubt that it is great for people to read books after hearing about the film adaptation. However, hopefully instead of using movie covers as a marketing tool, books can keep their original cover art.