Who wouldn’t want to see their stories on the big screen or on television? See their characters in the flesh? This is a side dream of many writers. Me included, but after reading the story the 1961 film is based on, I’m not so sure anymore.
I saw the movie version of Breakfast At Tiffany’s years ago and enjoy it. I was surprised though at how different the movie was from the book. The Holly Golightly of the book isn’t the Holly Golightly immortalized by Audrey Hepburn in 1961. I’d say the book and movie are more like distant cousins than sisters. You can see the resemblance if you look hard and long enough.
I fear the film version wouldn’t resemble the story I wrote. We write our stories with certain things in mind. Like our characters’ physical appearance, setting, our characters’ motivations, and tone. Altering one or some of these things can change an epic love story into a political drama.
Would I refuse an offer to make one of my stories a movie? Probably not. I’m not crazy. But I couldn’t help worrying that I wouldn’t recognize my story or my characters in the film version.
(1) Would you want your story/stories made into film? Why or why not?
(2) Any other movies you felt differed from the book it was based on?
(3) If you read and saw Breakfast At Tiffany’s, what are your thoughts on the versions?