Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Bestselling Books Made Into Movies

Reading the book or the watching the  movie....which do you prefer?  How many times have you read a book and thought it would make a great movie?  I generally prefer to read the book rather than see the movie adaptation.  I feel Hollywood seldom gets the translation from the pages to the screen correctly. One must remember that Hollywood has certain constraints and goals in turning a bestselling book into a movie.  Sometimes Hollywood rearranges or condenses the book's content and changes the story entirely.

I like how reading lets a person imagine the detail.  Watching makes the viewer see someone else's interpretation of the story.  Seeing another perspective can be interesting, but isn't nearly as entertaining as creating a world for yourself.

Was the novel The Help better than The Help movie (both available at the Al Harris Library)?  Was seeing the dinosaurs brought to life on the screen better than imagining the per-cretaceous era in the book, Jurassic Park?

Are there ever movie adaptions that surpass the book? Come by the Al Harris Library and see my display.

Let me know what you think.

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