Understand that I did not write the script or help make the movie. I didn't even see it, because I didn't want the movie version to change the way I saw my characters or settings in the series. I just write the books... Once the movie rights are sold, the author has no control over what happens in the movie. They let me read a version of the script and make some suggestions, but that was the extent of my involvement.
Last month Time magazine named Green one of the 100 most influential figures of the year. While the film was shooting on location, it was Green, not the actors, who was mobbed by fans. To date, the trailer for the film (out June 6, rated PG-13) has logged more than 16 million views.
I’ve always believed that a movie CAN’T be faithful to a book, because a book is something that happens in conversation between a writer and a reader, whereas a movie is mostly something you look at. So, like, trying to render the people and events of a novel on screen is impossible, I think, because you’ll only end up with some poor approximation of the magic of the book.
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