Q&A with Bernhard Schlink
Q: Are there any hesitancies or misgivings you have as an author upon learning your work will be adapted for the screen?
A: Oh no! I love movies, so I always hoped it would become a movie, and I had informed myself about Stephen Daldry and was happy when I learned he would direct the movie. I love his other movies, and I think he's a great director. As an author, you can't expect a movie to be an illustration of the book. If that's what you hope for, you shouldn't sell the rights. As an author, you hope for a director and a cast that will make something wonderful out of your book. I think that's what they all did with the movie.