Okay, so I have been thinking about what my independent study would be for a while (even before class began actually) and I knew I wanted to do something comparing books and their movie counterparts. Some movies that are out there resemble their book counterparts almost religiously and show how technology (albeit a relatively old form) can be used to digitally tell a story. The same goes for movies that are completely different from their book counterpart to the point of being a new story. Technology has given us the chance to be creative in ways that 30 years ago we could barely imagine and that goes for films as well, since computer animation and digital effects are now commonplace.
I want to explore them individually and find out how they differ from each other and why. Was it for artistic license? Did the storyline lose its essence? Were the elements and plotlines too complex to be translated to film? I also want to then examine whether or not this improved upon the story. Does putting it to film make it better? Does it not? Does it really matter? I know it might seem like this topic isn’t educational, but I think that learning about this topic can teach us about storytelling and how we have to adapt it to the art medium we want to use. In books we can easily learn the main character’s thought and emotions through written word and understand their motivations better. On screen, it’s up to the screenwriter to add in those character notes for the actor and actors to portray those thoughts and emotions visually. In a book an author can use words to show and describe characters and places so that we can visualize what they look like in our imaginations. Movies create elaborate sets and costumes, as well as computer-generated landscapes, creatures, stunts, and illusions so as to create these worlds and people that we have envisioned in our minds.
I hope next time to start us of on this journey with my favorite movie. Now I am not going to tell you what this movie is, but I will give you a few hints. It is set in a faraway land, filled with magic. The people who should be considered good are bad, and those who are good have jobs of questionable means. It has something for everyone and can be enjoyed by the whole family! Can you guess which movie and book I am talking about?
Until next time,