When someone mentions a book being turned into a movie, the response is usually a loud cheer or a frustrated groan. Many great movies have come to life from books. Yet books and movies are very different. For some people, seeing characters come to life is a magical thing. They enjoy it much more than having pictures in their own heads. However, for others their imagination is plenty. The idea of someone making a movie that changes their ideas, or doesn’t match up with their interpretation, is a frustrating thought. Some films that come from books are right on, with the majority of the people being satisfied with their outcome. Take such films as Harry Potter and Twilight; while some people are annoyed at particular aspects of the films, they have still gained cult followings of satisfied readers and viewers.
I experienced some debate surrounding this topic recently, after my high school class read and then watched the seventies version of The Great Gatsby. Several people had also seen the recent remake of the story, so we talked about that as well. I found many people annoyed at particular details that they loved about the story, which the movies left out. As well as the way particular characters acted in the movie but not in their interpretation of the book. It is interesting how many people think that two different art forms need to exactly mirror each other for the movie to be “good.” I imagine that if people had not read the book, or if there was no book, people would have been perfectly satisfied with the films. They were well made, just not exactly like the book.
Throughout my life, people have always urged me to read books before seeing their corresponding movies. However, sometimes I find this strategy doesn’t make either form of the story enjoyable. There are exceptions to this, but overall I find it difficult to so closely compare two very different art forms. Even when I do see the movies made from books, I try (not usually succeeding but I try) to enjoy them separately and enjoy the great qualities of each. Everyone has their own opinions, of course.
What do you think? Should books and movies constantly be compared? Or on the other hand, should the pictures in your head from books be kept separate from the images in the movie? The library has some great films that have come from great books. I suggest you check them out sometime.
You can either compare them, or enjoy them separately. The choice is yours; you get to experience great pieces of art either way!