For better or worse: film or book, book or film

Nathaniel Vamvas

Film has encouraged few couch potatoes to travel read an original piece of literature. On the other hand, movies have slandered novels and true-life events, so as if the reader were to be dissuaded to pick up the original piece of literature at all.

In such cases, movies are based most frequently on a true-life event. Why write about something that was created from a piece of literature in the first place? Can’t the screenwriters, producers and directors create their own stories to produce rather than destroying a wonderful piece of written art?

Isn’t it to have been said in many cases such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest,” that the novel originally written by world-acclaimed author Ken Kesey had been a much better read in regards to imagery, detail and meaning.

A movie leaves out so many crucial moments included in a novel, memoir or any other piece of literature for that matter just so they can meet a certain run time. Although some movies I must give credit to such as Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” but this is only my opinion where as others may differ.

The theater screen nowadays is so demanded by the public eye. As with the public eye are amongst the greatest media projections.

With that said, demographics are torn apart by the aspects of certain scenes, especially ones in which the actors appearance and attitude along with a performance which hadn’t quite lived up to the viewer’s expectation of their true life character. The actor and character don’t go hand in hand sometimes at all.

It is one thing to keep the viewing of a film private. The projections in our minds would be left alone if we weren’t given word of opinion, criticism, and media of all sorts to demonstrate the bias.

Now what if the novel had so much more imagery and all that is to offer? Is this fascination of film productivity bringing a taper to the reader’s own fancy?

Perhaps the new generations are becoming so lazy that they cannot even take the time read piece of literature, not even a magazine or newspaper in most cases. Many people would rather watch a cable broadcast instead.

Movies and broadcasting replace one’s chance to treasure an entirely private reality. A writer is also to be known as an inventor, and this article is mere proof that anything that has been invented can be repeated for better or for worse. Yet the true invention, the excellence, could have or not have been better off on its own without a second production.

Screenplays are sometimes written for movies based on true stories. Certain books should have never optioned the rights to any production company.

For instance, Perry Deane Young, author of the memoir “Two of the Missing,” has recently optioned the rights of his novel to Mythic Films. Young and Director Ralph Hemecker have been working on a screenplay since 2008.

In my opinion, the two have much work to accomplish in order to compete with the original novel. Coming from another perspective, films such as “Apocolypse Now” and “Full Metal Jacket” have brief scenes, which have been credited by the novel “Dispatches” by Michael Herr. Since the film only captured certain aspects of the novel, they had more potential to seem exactly identical to the writing itself.


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