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Once upon a time, the high point of creating a story was to see it turned into a movie. But I argue that that time has now passed. With a 300 plus page novel, trying to condense all that material down into a 2 hour film usually amounts to a disaster, a watered down version of a book you love. I can think of countless examples. Most recently for me: Ender's Game and Gone Girl. Although an argument can be made that The Hunger Games is doing a pretty solid job. Trick there is film installments. Now a 10 hour Ender's Game or Gone Girl, broken in chunks would be awesome, but would never happen as they were just the one book, and Hunger Games series is technically 3.
Which leads me to my point. You need more screen time and screen play action for all the important stuff in the book to translate onto the screen. That's why I think they should aim to turn books into tv shows, over film. With TV show production being just as good as film nowadays, there is nothing they can't do on one medium over the other, which is only a recent development with cable and premium channels like HBO and the internet networks now taking hold like Netflix.
Just imagine your favorite book being brought to the digital screen. And then think, would I rather see this play out over several episodes, with time to actually build character archs and momentum? Or is the story really able to be fully told in 90-120 minutes? If the answer is the latter, it probably shouldn't be converted to begin with, unless its a badass short story, then by all means.