I'll give you the short and sweet answer: the acting isn't good enough.
Okay, don't flame me, I'll admit that I am the worst actress in the world, but something that ruins movies worse than cheesy lines is unconvincing acting chops. In a movie, I would always take stellar acting/weird plot over horrid acting/fantastic plot.
Oh, we like lists (these are more mainstream movies/novels):
- Every word out of
Jeremy Iron'sEd Speelers (thank you celi.a! my bad!) (Eragon) mouth sounds rehearsed and recited. Getting an "unknown actor" sure comes back and bites ya in the arse.
- Robert Pattinson's attempt at making his character a tortured soul ends up with him looking eternally constipated. Kristen Stewart's Bella is a travesty.
- Blake Lively might be good on Gossip Girl (my guilty pleasure) but she wasn't that talented (plus she ran really weirdly) in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
- Anne Hathaway in Ella Enchanted grated my nerves.
- Logan Lerman from Percy Jackson, while cute (okay... you can call me weird now...) said nothing that made him believable to be the embodiment of a widely appealing character.
- I couldn't even finish watching Stormbreaker featuring (the insanely attractive) Alex Pettyfer because of a mix of both cringe-worthy lines (and delivery of said lines) and messed up plot.
- And don't even get me started on Harry Potter (please don't hate me!). I don't not enjoy the movies because of the weird adapted plot, it's because I never believe the actors are the beloved characters.
All these things aren't meant to be a shot at the movie or the actors themseleves, but I personally think that with (quite) a few exceptions, teen actors just aren't as good at acting as adults (I'll say it again, my opinion).
I need an actor to be able to deliver his lines in a way that makes me, the audience, believe them. I need words to come from the heart, to be that much more real in order for me to enjoy a particular scene. If this isn't possible, suspension of disbelief is broken, and I am back to staring at the pimple (or the perfect face) on the actor's forhead. Not immersed in the movie.
Because in a movie about teens, I think it would be smart to cast teen (or younger adult) actors, not 25 year olds to play Katniss. Call me petty, but I think their performances while heartfelt, may not be the very best to what I am used to watching, thus leaving me just a bit nostalgic, wishing I had stayed away from the movie which just ruined a perfectly good book for me.
Just my two cents.
YA movies that weren't that bad: Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, My Sister's Keeper (only because I was crying too much)... plus some other ones that I can't think of right now.
To You: What are your thoughts about these YA novels-turned-movies? Enter them with a feeling of dread? Itching with anticipation? Ignore them altogether and live in the peaceful bliss just knowing the book was perfect? I'd love to know!
*Disclaimer: I know everybody has posts like this but I promise I didn't steal any of your ideas. Anything we have in common is purely coincidental..
**please note that this is not an accurate representation of Edward, Bella, or me. Also, please do not be offended, it was not intended to be like that.
PS- I have the same pet peeves with child actors too. Being cute can only get you so far, but after that, your witty dialogue gets insanely anoying and forced. I'm looking at you, Jamie from One Tree Hill. And that kid from Home Alone like 20 years ago.
PPS- looking back, my thoughts apply to teen movies in general, not specific to novels-turned-movies. But whatever xD
PPPS- Maybe later I'll write a post about how bringing my favourite characters to life makes me sad as well because they can never be what I imagined.