Books to Movies, Comparable?

Books to Movies, Comparable?

It’s the age old question, should we compare books to their movie/T.V. adaptations?

The answer over the years it has been mixed; some believe that the book and their movie counterparts should be held separately from one another and others say the movie should be as faithful to book as possible. So who’s right?

Well sure, all of us want films to be an exact replica of our dearly held novels, but it is not realistic. It is impossible for a film to fit a hundred plus page novel in, at the most, a hundred and twenty minute film. Film workers must remove or condense scenes to have sufficient time to get the plot and theme across to viewers, as well as making it appealing to a broader audience.

Rachel Cohen, co-author of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, whose film was released in 2008 stated, “Even though the plot changed a lot as they turned it into a movie, they captured the essence of it beautifully.”

revenantIf movie goers always compared every aspect of film to their novel counterpart, then they would never be able to enjoy the film. Especially in this day and age where every film seems to come from an adaptation of a novel.

It is understandable that filmmakers must cut out aspects of the novel to accommodate the film’s time frame. So, in order to enjoy a film, let’s keep each one separately in our minds. Holding a film separately from its counterpart let’s a person enjoy it in its entirety instead of spending time examining what aspects of the film are different from the novel.

“Let’s face it, the form of a book is different from the form of a film, is different from the form of a television series. I think the author writing the script is unable to make the kind of choices that you have to make,” said Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights.

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