Monday, November 29, 2010

:10 Topics | Se. 1, Ep. 2 | Books v. Movies

I think it should be noted that I do not typically like to compare books to movies as I think they serve different purposes.

However, I do think I can compare effective story-telling without having to breach the "books are totally different" argument.

When I saw HP7.1 the other day all I could think was "Thank god for artists interpreting this book" They were able to really cut to the bits of the story that I personally had cared about, while leaving out most of the bits that I didn't care about when I was reading. There is a good deal of fluff in the Harry Potter books that I was just never able to really care that much about, and I'm glad they were forced to cut some because of the medium in which they are working.

The very same thing is true for the LoTR books. I could never have read the books had I not seen the films first, there is just too much crap in the first 50 pages that end up NOT EVEN BEING THERE for the rest of the huge novel. All these character names and places that simply disappear after the Bilbo Party scene, never to return. It's annoying and I'm glad they didn't keep it as complex.

All this is not to say that I don't still love the way in which books tell stories, and I will always read books, it's just to say that I'm a visual thinker and love the story-telling opportunities that film allows us to explore.

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