Have you ever read a book and thought this HAS to be made into a movie? Sure there are a few books that I have read and have been delighted to hear that they are being made into a movie. However, at the weekend, I read a book by Ella Frank. The book was Blind Obsession and it was quite simply amazing. Around half way through the book the thought struck me – I need to see this as a movie. The story was intense, sexy and it sure as hell wasn’t your run of the mill romance.
The only problem is – they do tend to screw up when they convert a book to a movie. Think P.S I love you, Marley and Me, The Lovely Bones, Flowers in the Attic – I could go on. All movies I was looking forward to seeing, I loved the books. All movies that left me sorely disappointed. It of course doesn’t stop me from looking forward to future adaptations, including that of course of the much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James and I am particularly excited to see the story of Abby and Travis in the movie of Beautiful Disaster by Best Selling Author Jamie McGuire. Of course they do not always do it wrong, they have on occasion got it just right. I really enjoyed the movie version of The Blind Side by Michael Lewis – I think the essence of the book was captured wonderfully. The Help by Kathryn Stockett has also been described as a wonderful adaptation.
However as I said, while I was reading Blind Obsession I couldn’t help but want to see it on-screen. Of course the true character of the book would have to be portrayed. The intensity that was enveloped in the book was just that – a character in itself, without it the book just wouldn’t quite be the same. When i Tweeted this the author herself, Ella Frank, also said that “The intensity and emotion would need to be kept”. Sure, in my opinion, without these and the sexy nature of the book – it would be a whole different story.
“Obsession, defined as the domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image or desire….
Chantel Rosenberg’s passion for music and life had never shone brighter than the time she spent in Bordeaux France. It’s a time when feelings arose and desires ran deep, a time that fundamentally changed her life.
A man living in seclusion, Phillipe Tibideau is haunted and plagued by memories he cannot disregard. Choosing to live a quiet life in his Chateau surrounded by the vineyards of France, he’s left his passion for art behind.
However, the time has arrived to tell his side of a tale. A tale that has depicted him as a ‘beautiful monster’ and he’s finally allowing someone close.
Close enough to ask questions. Questions he’s not sure he wants to answer. Questions about her.
For up and coming journalist Gemma Harris, the pursuit of truth is what drives her and when a job of a lifetime presents itself there is nothing in the world that will stop her from taking it. Even if it does mean leaving her home for several months to stay at Chateau Tibideau, with him.
This is a story of what happens when three passionate lovers collide and the desire for truth, art and music merge.
Chateau Tibideau is a place full of unanswered questions, dark sinful desire and a beauty so hauntingly sad it will have you wondering how you will ever leave the same….”
You may completly ‘get’ this book or it may mess with your mind, it messed with my mind and i loved it. My favourite words in the book were “mindfuck” cos it described the book to a T. It’s a book that gets right inside your head and has you asking questions…it evokes a reaction. Isn’t that the best type of book?
Have you read a book that you thought should be made into a movie? What do you think are the best and worst adaptations?