Films vs Books

A film, based on a book is sometimes disappointing. Important information is often missing. Reading the book is often more rewarding.

 

Films vs Books

Were you ever disappointed when you saw a film that was supposed to be patterned on a book you read? Did you find it lacking in so many ways? Actually what you missed most are the details and the dialogue that glued the story together. You felt cheated that so many important pieces were taken out of it, which would have made the whole much  more enjoyable.

It makes you wonder how the scenes were selected to be to be deleted or kept. Often these scenes didn’t seem to bridge the logical sequence and there were often omissions of important information that would have explained how you got to a certain conclusion. For instance, in Dan Brown’s DA VINCI CODE, I don’t mean the novel itself, but the factual research is awesome. It was instrumental in helping to explain the setting, such as the scenes in the Louvre, the history of the church .and the descriptions of the cities. As a writer I am amazed by the length of research that must have gone into it. I also felt that much of it was denied to us as viewers. You have to wonder how the length and detail of GONE WITH WIND would have fared in today’s market.

The time factor that dictated  where only so much material to be presented. What to omit is the burning question? Sometimes the film story moved at a faster rate, and in the haste some of the rich fiber of the book was lost. Even though it was a good movie I felt somewhat disappointed in it . Reading the book is often more rewarding. Have you ever felt the same way about a film?