Seems to me like more and more YA books are being made into movies as of late. Or maybe I've just become more aware of it? We have the Twilight movies, Harry Potter, Beastly, Hunger Games, If I Stay... Now I'm hearing talks of Firelight and The Forest of Hands and Teeth (OHGODIHOPESO) being movie-ized as well.
I personally love seeing the transition from paper to film. Except... here's where I'm weird: I enjoy seeing the movie first. I like seeing the visuals. I like getting to know the characters a little and falling in love with the story, and loving it enough that I run out to buy the book(s).
When I read the book first, I don't get as much enjoyment from the film. Too much picking at it, pointing out, "They missed this detail. That isn't how it happened!" Because, let's face it, no decent-lengthed YA book can be properly contained in two hours of movie time. Not to mention all the internatilizing and inner monologues/thoughts happening on-page just don't always translate well on screen.
(Often when reading, though, I picture everything in my head like a movie. I get a sense for what scenes would translate well and what wouldn't. It's something I do a lot when writing, too; if the scene doesn't move well in my head as moving pictures, then the words don't flow well.)
Of course, a good movie (or TV series, for that matter) can make all the changes it wants, run with the plot in a different direction, and still have a masterpiece. (I'm looking at you, Vampire Diaries.) Just as a book can take an age-old plot line and make it something beautiful with the right characters and unique details, a movie can do the same, I think.
What do you guys think? Totally hate or love movie versions of books? Any favorite book-to-movie adaptations (YA or otherwise)?