DG MARTIN COLUMN: Should more North Carolina books be made into movies? – The Stanly News & Press

DG MARTIN COLUMN: Will more North Carolina books be made into movies?

Updated 9:30 am Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Why aren’t more North Carolina books made into movies?

We wonder though that the movie, “Where the Crawdads Sing,” based on the popular book set in North Carolina, was last summer’s biggest hit.

DG Martin

Thanks to the movie, the book continues to make the best-selling list. According to a July 14, 2022, article by Carrie Wittmer and Elizabeth Logan on glamour.com, “as of January 2022, the book has sold 12 million copies, making it one of the best-selling books of all time.”

But we miss the days when every Nicholas Sparks novel and every John Grisham novel was made into a blockbuster movie. Sparks lives in New Bern and Grisham has family connections in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Both authors are at the top of “The Living Authors with the Most Film Adaptations” list by Lit Hub (https://lithub.com/the-living-authors-with-the-most-film-adaptations/). Sparks and 11 were made by Stephen King alone with 34. Grisham had nine and was singled out by John le Carre (10), Ian McEwan (10) and tied with JK Rowling (9).

Why aren’t more North Carolina books made into movies?

One of the reasons is explained by Jen Doll in an article reprinted on the Atlantic website.

But any way you look at it, the movie version of the best-selling book has to go wrong. Are there any book lovers out there who have ever been satisfied with a big picture change? The relationship we have with this book is personal and unique; The relationship we have with the film is very far from it, to be silent, and it certainly doesn’t want much for us.

“We just watch it play out, and we do so with a changed eye, after reading the books.” We are not entering as innocents but as experts; we know how the story goes, and we know what to expect. If we were naive, new to the plot and characters, things might be different, but having read the books, and reading them aloud, maybe a few times, we wouldn’t know this. We can only compare with what we know, and love already. “

Acknowledging these challenges, I still want to see more North Carolina books made into movies. At the top of my list is Wiley Cash’s latest book, “When the Spirits Come Home,” set in southeastern North Carolina near Wilmington, in 1985.

This begins at 3:11 am when Sheriff Winston Barnes and his wife hear of a plane crash at a nearby airport. He rushes there, finding an empty airport, a wrecked plane, and the body of a black man shot in the chest. No fingerprints or other signs could be found, but almost all the drugs were there.

Rivalry, small town politics and the global drug trade combined with the problems faced by ordinary people drive a mystery that captivates and leads to a surprising ending that will have moviegoers on the edge of their seats.

A book by respected North Carolina author Nancy Peacock, “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson,” kept me on the edge of my seat the way a good movie can. The story begins, “I’ve hung myself before, but not mine…”

Beloved North Carolina author Lee Smith describes the power of this book, “From the last word to the last word, Nancy Peacock grabs her reader by the throat and keeps her going for the rest of her life as her adventures go from a Louisiana sugar plantation to another country. life among the The Comanches of the West, bringing to life the fiery themes of the nation and the true romance touched by history. ‘The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson’ is as fascinating and interesting an American tale as has ever been written.”

What an amazing movie this story would make.

There are many books full of events in North Carolina.

Think about what you like and how you can change it to make great videos.

DG MartinA retired attorney, he served as the UNC-System’s vice president for public affairs and participated in PBS-NC’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.”

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