When readers enjoy a book, they wish to only live in the story forever. It’s a simple wish, right? So when they hear a radio play or a a theatrical show is being produced about that same world, they jump to support. Avalon, Tardis, even Italy – they will love you to death for giving them a whisper of that “once upon a time” brought to life. Many times, Bibliophiles will have their favorites: an actor from this new ensemble, or the production from the golden age; but the one problem they will always have, and perhaps may never mention to those outside of the circle of readers, is their disappointment with the movie version.
Do you remember the Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre? Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret? Frankenstein’s Bride? Great films, right? Better books, no? You may debate, but until you’ve read these stories in their respected pages, you may never understand why these films were so horrible to readers. The cut scenes were agonizing, the perspective was all wrong, and their wardrobe was completely inaccurate to the era! If only film makers knew the importance of the story that touched us all…
Luckily, there are those that do.
In the independent film community, screenwriters, directors, and producers read. And not only read, they produce, they make films, and they adapt. From books to the big screen, fanfilms of posthumous stories by Hemingway and Star Wars novels not-written-by-George-Lucas have been made. Archives of mystery novels and romantic chapbooks have reached screenwriters, and the productions keep coming! So, we’ve made it easier to find them.
Here, in the FanFilm Awards, we are inviting and celebrating Bibliophile Films! We’ve recognized a number of our entrants, and we’re ready for more. Help us spread the word – Enter the Bibliophile Fest!