I was reading an article about authors who hate the movie version of their books. (http://mentalfloss.com/article/31001/11-authors-who-hated-movie-versions-their-books) I’ve also read stockpiles of articles where fans (myself included) discuss how good or bad a movie is based on how close it comes to the book. Here’s my BIG IDEA:
Create a new award ceremony
Categories would be similar to the Oscars, but all include “most accurately portrayed.”
Best Actor to have most accurately portrayed a character in a book.
Best Picture that most accurately portrayed a book.
Best Director to have most accurately portrayed a book.
You get the idea. (No, this isn’t just the best screen adaptation award, because they hand that out and sometimes it’s very unclear as to why.) Now, here’s the important part! IT HAS TO BE THE HIGHEST AWARD. You know how people get all excited about someone hitting the EGOT “quadfecta”? Well, there would need to be a new conversation. A bigger one.
“You don’t have a book portrayal win?” Dramatically sucks in air through teeth. “Aww, honey,” exaggerated frown, “I’m so sorry.”
The ceremony might not be held every year. Each award might not be given out every time. It wouldn’t be a “given” that someone is going to win simply by default. Either the crowd is astonished by the accuracy or they aren’t. No gray area. The awards would cover both film and television.
Voting would be weighed 45% by the author of the book, 40% by fans, and 15% by other.