Anyone who reads a novel (or even worse a series) and then expects the movie depicting it to be as good as the book(s) is setting themselves up for a fall.
I cannot tell you how many times someone will say to me, “Hey did you see the movie, whatchamacallit? It’s not near as good as the book.”
I usually respond with “Oh.” But what I really want to say is -- “Really? You mean the 90 minutes of film does not capture the 1200 pages of the trilogy? I find that shocking.”
Why are you comparing the two? Its apples and oranges. There is no way a movie, even an extra-long movie (3+ hours) can come anywhere close to the experience a person has reading page after page, chapter after chapter. And the real reason has nothing to do with book vs. movie. It has to do with your brain.
Your brain has an infinite capacity to create. When the human brain reads a book, it is not simply reading words on a page. It’s creating a world in which it can move freely. A world that it can immerse itself in. To date a movie does not have that ability. Granted you can get lost in a great movie but the film does not have the capacity to put you in it. Your brain and a great novel can. When you read the words on the page your mind becomes Atticus Finch, Lisbeth Salander, and of course, Harry Potter. It is your brains ability to set you into the scene. Your mind imagines the detail, it hears, and smells the environment. That is what creates the experience. No movie can do that.
So next time you are going to see the movie of a book you read and loved. Enjoy the film. However, remember it will not replace the experience of the book. Because of your marvelous brain, the book will always be triumphant.
My new novel Songweaver
will be available January 9th, 2018
$14.95 US Paperback - $1.99 US Ebook
Available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords and
50 other retailers worldwide.
You can read a portion of the first chapter here.
DW is an author and an artist. He has been creating paintings and photographs for over 40 years. He lives in Eastern Kansas with his daughter, a large epileptic dog, two cats, and a barnyard of chickens and ducks.