Suggested by: Superfastreader:

Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?

I do not mind having my favourite books made into movies. In fact, I should be thrilled because that shows how successful and popular these books are to be made into movies! But then, what we read from the books might differ from the movies, due to some unnecessary (mundane) scenes and the time constraint. I do understand these issues from the film-makers' point of views, however it annoys me when they also cut off some scenes which I feel are relevant to the plots. There were a few times I felt some movies were a bit rushed, or worse, leaving me confused when one scene did not link with the other.

So, my view is, books and movies do differ from each other. I enjoy the flow of the story in books, as it slowly unfold before my eyes. But then again, I do enjoy watching the movies so I can visualize the characters through the artistes performance and watch their roles being played on screen. I will be most happy if the movies will follow as closely as the books, so it is like seeing my favourite books coming to life.

18 Responses
  1. Maree Says:

    I'm all for a good story _ in any medium!

  2. Kat Says:

    Like I posted in another blog, I’m more pro-book than pro-movie most of the time, but there are instances where movie is so much better than the book… or vice versa. There are instances too when I find both book and movie wonderful but in different ways. The worst case for me would be to find that neither one is particularly interesting after all.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Actually I like movies which have not been taken from any book. Those blood and gore..usual kind of stuff or war movies!


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  4. Anonymous Says:

    Interesting thoughts. This is such an intriguing subject!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Given that the film world is so plot driven it's strange that they so often destroy the credibility of a film by weakening the original plot.

  6. I don't like when important scenes are cut either.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Yes, it's annoying when scenes you wanted to see are left out of a movie adaption! I like seeing what I've read come to life as well. I just wish more of my favourites would get made into movies!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    I agree -- if a book is to be made into a movie, I want it to be as close to the original as possible, and too often it is not.

  9. Judy Says:

    When I read a book... I would like time to lapse between seeing a movie made from it. Otherwise, the fact that my vision of the characters takes me out of what the director and casting people thought. If enough time has passed, then as long as they haven't changed the character's actual "inside person" I can live with it being someone I didn't picture.

  10. Jane Says:

    I get annoyed when film-makers cut off or leave out certain parts of the stroy too. I like it to follow the book as closely as it can.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    There have been times where a film depicts the story differently than a book does. In the end, the film loses the accuracy and pungency the book had.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Usually I extraordinarily pro book! Especially with Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, etc. But I actually liked the Prince Caspian. I found that the movie added extra depth to the character that I sort of found lacking in the book.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    I also believe there is no comparison between a book and a movie.

  14. pussreboots Says:

    Sometimes I feel like the film assumes you've read the book but I haven't always read the book first. Happy BTT

  15. Melody Says:

    Maree - I'm all for a good medium too, provided if the movie adaptions don't come off as too far apart from the books.

    Kat - I think if I watch the movie first, chances are I might like it better. But still, I want to read the book! :)

    Gautami - I agree, so there is no need for us to compare, isn't it? ;P

    Writer2b - Indeed it is. It's interesting to read what other readers are thinking.

    Table Talk - Exactly. And I wonder why.

    Chris - That's right. I don't like the feeling being confused, hehe.

    Jennifer - Me too. The recent movies I watched is Iron Man, although I don't think I'll read the comics soon, hehe.

    Barbara - This is so sad, isn't it?

    Judy - Ah, you do have a point there.

    Jaimie - Looks like some of us share the same sentiments. :)

    Kellie - Yes. Some movies are made to appeal to the moviegoers, which I think has lost the purpose of adapting from the books.

    Bluestocking - I still have not read Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia, yet! But I've to agree the movies are quite well produced.

    Charli - Absolutely! They're two different medium.

    Pussreboots - I think so too. And most of the times, the books do sell during the time the movies are released. ;)

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Comparing a book and a movie is always difficult, but it's interesting to see how a director adapts a book into a 2 hr movie.

  17. Melody Says:

    It is indeed difficult, Nithin. But as long as they don't leave any major scenes cut, I think I'm ok with it. :)

  18. Julia Says:

    I get really disappointed when the movies isn't same from the books. Movies sometime tend to cut off some important stuff that I think is necessary to the plot. Or some of my favorite scenes/characters from the books were cut off from the movies. This is why, I dislike it when I hear favorite books turning into a movie from my favorite authors. Sometime the movie work and doesn't.

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