Can I be super negative for a second?
I am super disappointed that the ACOTAR series is being made into movies. I don’t think they will work as films at all.
Sorry if people are super excited for them.
The way that my brain reads books is completely in movie form (like most people probably). I provide camera angles, position the characters like I’m setting a scene, and when I think back on a book I revise or consolidate to what would fit best in movie form. (Do people do that?? idk. Like when I heard HP7 and Mockingjay were being split, I automatically knew where they would put the break and people thought I was crazy, but I digress)
When I heard that TOG was being made a show I was thrilled because you CANNOT put those books in movies. It’s too much material, especially later on in the series obviously. But with TOG, it is made for the big screen (or you know, little screen, whatever). Set pieces, grand finales, characters overlapping and puzzle pieces fitting together, action packed, etc
But that’s not how acotar is at all. If anything, it COULD work as a series as well, but with difficulty.
You could argue that Thorns and Roses could be made into a movie but I think it would be hard to make it have the right flow. Not to mention, Sarah throws a wrench in the narrative when Feyre goes UtM, it’s a complete mood shift, and UtM would eat considerable screen time. So everything else would be abbreviated- but you know, it’s Tamlin so that’s not too bad.
Then acomaf happens. You guys, acomaf will never work on a big screen. No way, no how.
1. It’s LONG. It is the slow burn of all slow burns. Movies don’t deal in slow. Consolidating that slow burn into a movie would cut out INSANE amounts of character development. As a reader, you love each of those moments between Feyre and Rhys, and how it helps Feyre SLOWLY heal and trust him and love him. And there are a million of those little moments. And with the highly sensitive nature of her healing from abuse, good luck putting all that in 2.5 hours without botching it, rushing it, or cutting out all but 5 scenes which will just make me so sad.
2. It’s introspective. There are a whole lot of things that happen in this book that don’t play out in the open. Not to mention that this is not an Action book like TOG, it’s a Feelings book. There’s a lot of sensing and thinking and internal monologues and reading others’ thoughts. When you are reading acomaf and every other conversation is happening internally down the bond, it makes sense. You know what you get when you put that on screen? annoying voice overs and characters staring at each other for an uncomfortable amount of time. There is absolutely no time for all that shit- UNLESS…
3. When you think about it, the whole book is already set up EPISODICALLY. Look, I’ll even give some of these episodes titles:
The Wedding. The Night Court. Locked In. The City of Starlight. The Bone Carver. The Court of Nightmares. Summer. Starfall. Do you see where I am going with this? Call me, Netflix.
Basically I have a vision for how this is going to go and I don’t think a movie could ever do it justice and will probably make everything seem really contrived and rushed. Lastly, and just because I’ve been burned too many times by the film industry. I’ll give my predictions:
“Are you #teamtamlin or #teamrhysand? Retweet your favorite acotar man!”
White Rhysand. That’s all.
Side characters with any depth? What’s that?
Subtlety and and character-led story telling? What’s that?