Comparing films to their respective book

Films and books are entirely different artistic media that produce very different results. So let’s stop comparing them when a book births a film.

Creating films from books is nothing new. Since the dawn of cinema, screenwriters have taken the success of literature and used that to create¬†cinematic masterpieces. One of the earliest films I can think of –¬†Gone With The Wind (1939) – was adapted from a book that was published 3 years prior.

However, films are not books. They are materially different media and to make a point of comparing a film to its literary genesis is pointless. If you’re a fan of literature – creating characters in your mind and taking artistic license to join the dots in the story – then by all means continue to do so, but to expect the same experience from a film is foolish. Continue reading “Comparing films to their respective book”