I'd like to give a warm welcome to Amy Morse, author of the thriller 'The Bronze Box', who has written this blog post about why you shouldn't judge a book by its movie. Take it away, Amy!
A Book Is More Intimate...
It has often been said that the book is always better than the movie - I saw a quote recently that said 'don't judge a book by its movie'.
But why is that?
A book is more intimate. When you read a book you are experiencing your own private screening of a movie being beamed directly into your brain.
A Unique Experience For Every Reader...
Everyone experiences a book differently. We build up a picture in our heads of the characters based on the information the author gives us and on our own experiences and perceptions - it's a unique experience for every reader.
The average book would take the average reader 9-12 hours to read cover to cover non-stop. The average movie is between 2 and 3 hours long. That's a big difference.
When a book is adapted for the screen it goes through a major rewrite. A skilled screenwriter can do a reasonable job of keeping the essence of the book, but it'll never be quite the same. At worse, the book is changed so radically for the screen that it becomes unrecognisable.
Movies Are A Visual Feast...
The actors cast in the roles of the characters can also alter the feel of the story. Take 'Interview with a Vampire', for example. I must admit, I did love the film, but predictably I enjoyed the book more and was a big Anne Rice fan as a consequence. Never in a million years did I picture Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise as Louis and Lestat. Both actors were brilliant, but it tarnished the sheen the book had left me with and altered my perception of the original story.
Movies are a visual and auditory feast and a shared experience. You can talk about a movie and adopt catch phases with with your peers in a way that you rarely can with books. After a few of us at work went to see 'American Hustle', the office microwave is now forever known as the science oven!
Imitation Is The Highest Form Of Flattery
More about 'The Bronze Box'
More About Amy Morse
Thank you, Amy!
Thank you, Amy! I couldn't agree more that a miscast actor can ruin a film. There can be exceptions, though. For instance, I found it hard to believe that Tom Cruise, not the tallest actor around, was cast as 6' 5" Jack Reacher in the film of the same title. Somehow, it worked for me, but I suspect only because at the time when I saw the film, I'd not yet read any of Lee Child's Reacher novels. And Tom Cruise is a good actor.
What do you think? Have there been any books that have been spoiled for you by the movie version? Or vice versa? Leave a comment!
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I'll be doing an author interview with American writer David Wind, author of thirty-three (yes, you read that right!) novels. His work encompasses thrillers, science fiction, historical novels and romances, as well as suspense and mystery titles. Watch this space!
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