It seems that Hollywood has no good ideas of late. They take the ideas of authors and turn them into best-selling movies and top-rated TV shows. But does this help or hinder the writers who spent years trying to create a world and a story that people would enjoy?
In the long run, it does seem to help. If the screen-visualization of the books is good enough, people will be interested in the books they are based off of and try to find them. This brings the authors more readers and the networks new viewers when those who had the book first find the show.
When Dexter first aired on CBS, I was at college, living with my grandmother. We watched the “toned down” versions together, cheering for a serial murderer and having discussions over dinner on the best way to hide a body (I think consensus came to planting a tree over it or using the microwave just to say we had). Yes, my grandmother and I are strange. And yes, when the new seasons come out in DVD, I buy them, go visit her, and we hide behind our blankets eating ice cream while watching.
But when we found out this was based on a book?! My grandma made me take her to the bookstore the next day so we could buy it and read it. With the first book being the basis for the first season of Dexter, we knew a lot of the story already. But the book had nuances in it that made the story more enjoyable and an engaging read. From then on, when she saw the newest Dexter book in her magazine, she would get it, read it, then pass it off to me so I could read it. Even once the TV show started pulling away from the books, we would enjoy both of the tales told.
And while there are some cases of TV shows based off of books that have gone badly (*cough*Dresdenfiles*cough*), the outcome of such exposure, I feel, has never been a cause of pain. If anything, these “bad adaptations” have brought more fans in as they want to find out if the books are as bad as the TV show.
….and no, I’m not touching Twilight and analyzing that with a fifty-foot pole.