These 7 classical African novels should be adapted for film

Ghana, the autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah

Admittedly, many avid readers would rather not have their favorite novels turned into movies. The strong love-hate relationship between readers and directors who announce a book selected for movie- adaptation is an interesting roller coaster.

First, there is the fear of having your heart broken when the movie scripts and cast don’t quite fit. Then there is the rebound stage of reading the book one last time before the magic of it is ruined. Finally, there is the denial stage where you secretly follow the adaptation process and have probably already purchased front roll seat tickets to see it.

Adapting movies into books provide a refreshing perspective on how characters, decisions and situations that affect people’s lives are interpreted by directors, actors and viewers. For the sake of expanding a writer’s reach and impact, as well as the preservation of intellectual discussions.

The adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun, originally written by Nigerian feminist and writer Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is a good example of how book adaptations to movies can establish a writer’s presence in the literary and pop culture scene and impact many more lives than originally intended because whether we like it or not the number of people that prefer to watch a movie far surpasses the number who would choose to pick up a book.

The impact of the movie industry in today’s society is undoubtedly very huge especially in today’s popular culture society and its study. Here are 7 African novels filmmakers and directors should be interested in.

Last Edited by:Ismail Akwei Updated: June 27, 2018


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