October 06, 2004

Comparing video versus book

Ok, so I thought that I would be a good student and watch the movie The Scarlet Letter in attempts to understand the book better. I am a visual learner and needless to say, I really enjoyed the movie. However, when it was test time on The Scarlet Letter, my knowledge from both the book and the video were causing confusion.

Most of the contents of the movie went along with the book; however, towards the end of the movie is when scenes were changed around from that of the book. If anyone has seen the movie, I would like to hear your comments.

Posted by ShannaDeFrances at October 6, 2004 10:41 AM

For me, the book is usually better than the video/movie. A well-written novel is what typically inspires film makers to create the movie. But a movie usually has its own limitations when drawn from a novel. Scenes are deleted or their sequence rearranged probably due to time constraints and other limitations brought about by cinematography. As a result, only the basic plot and a few memorable encounters are captured in the movie, while sadly leaving out the thoughts and emotions evoked from a particular scene or by a particular character.

One example is the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I was able to read the book and watch the movie. The movie was great and would suffice for those who prefer watching more than reading. But for those who are very much drawn to the book, watching the movie won't be as much satisfying and enjoyable.

Posted by: Flooke at March 16, 2006 10:44 PM
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