Fangirlish: With adaptations, we often find that screenwriters and directors have
to make allowances and take their own liberties when putting something on screen and
I was wondering if you consider this a relatively true adaptation of the book or if there
were a lot of liberties taken to make it more visually appealing.
Stephenie: I feel like this one is probably the most true to the book of any of my work that has been adapted. Of course there’s the huge liberty being taken of shortening it down to 120 pages and so there are all kinds of scenes that I love, little scenes, big scenes that you just have to peel away to be able to do this as a movie. And that’s the first event, the great big hurdle at the very beginning. And after that once we got down to the core story everything felt true to who the characters were. Some of the little changes were actually things that I loved. I felt like Andrew had such a good sense for the world that he came up with stuff that I wished I had. Like his seakers, they don’t use guns. Diane eventually gets there because she’s sort of having a breakdown but his Seakers just use a spray that sort of knocks people out and I was thinking “of course that’s what they would do!” My book was all about them having this inner struggle to have to use human weapons. I was kind of bummed I hadn’t done that. But mostly at this point it just felt really how the book feels to me.
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