Meyer vs. Rowling (Author Leeway)

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Meyer vs. Rowling (Author Leeway)

Post by jenni_elyse »

I did a search for this and couldn't find anything, so sorry if there is something along the lines of my question.

On Stephenie's website, she said she has no pull or influence with the movie. So, she can't recommend actors, screenplay options, etc. Why is that? From what I've read about the Harry Potter movies, JK Rowling has tons of say with the movies. If she doesn't like something, then the movie isn't done that way. I know JK is a little more famous than Stephenie right now, but JK wasn't always as famous as she is...

Does Stephenie just have a different type of contract with her publisher and the movie people than JK does? Or is it because JK is JK? Or is it because Stephenie is in the US and JK is in England?

I would think because Stephenie created the Twilight universe, she would have some or more say... I guess I'm a little naive when it comes to these types of things...
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Post by vampire doll »

i really don't know

but anne rice is from the usa and she had say in her book turned movie interview with the vampire. But she was also asked to write the script.
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vampire doll wrote:i really don't know

but anne rice is from the usa and she had say in her book turned movie interview with the vampire. But she was also asked to write the script.
From what I remember hearing, though, Anne Rice didn't have any control over casting. She really did not want Tom Cruise to be Lestat.

And I can't believe she had any input in Queen of the Damned, because if she did it shouldn't have been so wrong.


Maybe with a smaller production company, Stephenie might have more of an input in the movie.
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Yes, it' seems most of the time authors don't seem to have a lot of input towards the movies, however if the book is being made into a movie then they certainly want it to retain it's original storyline and plot. Anne Rice didn't have any input on Queen of the Damned, which sucked, because that's what made the movie so off and bad. I think Stephanie should have some input as to the movie, to keep the essence of story magical. I'm sure she wouldn't want to disappoint fans, nor would the director or anything, so hopefully she will or at least should have her say in things. I don't know if it has to do with popularity, but JK and her series has been around a lot longer than Twilight, so given time I'd say that the Twilight series will grow to become more popular than it is now.
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I think it has a lot to do with the people producing the movie/the director. It also may be due, in small part, to the fact that we are in the United States and Rowling is in England. It is my personal opinion that if you are going to make a movie out of a book that was/is very popular, that you should consult as much as possible with the author. Why? HELLO! They're the reason the book is so popular. They knew what they were doing with the book, so isn't it plausible that they would know what they were doing with the movie? But that's just my opinion.
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Post by *cullens & converse »

I see no reason why they shouldn't consult with Stephenie, ...she says she has almost no say (if any) about anything, but..she would be the reason that the movie would get viewers, because it IS her book. If she hadn't written it, the producers & directors wouldn't have a movie to make.

Even if it's just for lighting or music, or something really small, I personally don't care. She just needs to have SOME input on something going into the making of Twilight, if there will be a movie. Of course, we'd all love for her to have input for characters, the main reason Twilight has the fans it does...her characters are so detailed that she directors need to get them right, or who knows how many viewers they will lose? Then they'll just get a bunch of non-Twilight fans going to see the movie just for the heck of having something to do, and they'll percieve the book the wrong way, and never read it, and that's missing out on a lot.

I think that with Stephenie talking to a smaller production company, it might work out. Smaller companies = smaller actors, or lesser-known ones, which seems to be what a lot of us want. It probably will be better, because if the movie turns out to be really good with Stephenie's hopeful input, then those actors will get the start they've wanted, and we'll get the great movie we want that can live up to the book.
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Post by Mayde »

We are also talking about this here: Shouldn't we be mad at the authors?

And I think the treatment given to JK Rowling is more like the exception rather than the rule. And even though it pains me to say this, JK Rowling is way more famous than Stephenie (wow, that really hurt to say that :cry: ). With that said, the movie producers were more willing to compromise since they saw the huge potential of the Harry Potter franchise. That's why JK Rowling could make those demands (e.g. influence over the screenplay, casting, etc). The demand for her was so high, she was able to shop around to find the best deal. Yes, JK Rowling wasn't famous before she wrote her first book. But by the time the movie deal came about, she was already recognized as one of the most successful author ever (with a huge international fanbase).

Stephenie is getting more and more famous now. So hopefully she'll have the JK Rowling's pull in the future.
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bubblefaerie wrote:
vampire doll wrote:i really don't know

but anne rice is from the usa and she had say in her book turned movie interview with the vampire. But she was also asked to write the script.
From what I remember hearing, though, Anne Rice didn't have any control over casting. She really did not want Tom Cruise to be Lestat.

And I can't believe she had any input in Queen of the Damned, because if she did it shouldn't have been so wrong.


Maybe with a smaller production company, Stephenie might have more of an input in the movie.
thats true, but she did change her mind after his performance. So i think that proves someone that is not liked for the cast in twilight can pull it off.
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Post by gaby09 »

I agree with mayde, and i really hope stephenie to be recognized as the excellent author she is in the future :D
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jenni_elyse wrote:I did a search for this and couldn't find anything, so sorry if there is something along the lines of my question.

On Stephenie's website, she said she has no pull or influence with the movie. So, she can't recommend actors, screenplay options, etc. Why is that? From what I've read about the Harry Potter movies, JK Rowling has tons of say with the movies. If she doesn't like something, then the movie isn't done that way. I know JK is a little more famous than Stephenie right now, but JK wasn't always as famous as she is...

Does Stephenie just have a different type of contract with her publisher and the movie people than JK does? Or is it because JK is JK? Or is it because Stephenie is in the US and JK is in England?

I would think because Stephenie created the Twilight universe, she would have some or more say... I guess I'm a little naive when it comes to these types of things...
Actually JK Rowling has no control over the movies. What has happened is a unique situation. The movie producers have a contract for all seven movies, but they don't know what's coming. So, they are in kind of a unique situation in that they really need Rowling's input or they could write themselves into a serious hole.

For example, they wanted midgets in POA. JK Rowling stated in an interview that she told them, "there are no midgets in the wizarding world." she also told them at for the same movie, "there is no graveyard at Hogwarts." She wouldn't explain more, but the movie writers opted to change scenes based on her commentary. Also notice that in the same movie many of Ron's best lines are given to Hermione, JK Rowling can't do a thing about that.

Apparently in OotP in the original draft the producers had cut a character (un-named, but I'm betting it was Tonks) out and JR Rowling's reply when she saw the draft was, "you're writing yourself into a hole for the seventh movie if you take this person out.

So in the end, it comes down to a contract and how willing the people on each side are to talk to each other. Generally, the kind of relationship that JK Rowling has with her movie producers doesn't exist. I would bet serious money that if they had made these movies after all the books were done, they'd be speaking to Rowling less and the movies would be a lot worse.
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