Thursday, May 22, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie?

I'm not sure. I think I look for well-developed characters and a compelling story from both. I think I expect more from a book; I expect a more intellectual experience when I read. I like them both to be more than merely entertaining but I can enjoy a good trashy novel more than a trashy movie. When I go to see a film adaptation of a book I've enjoyed, I'm hoping for a movie that's more or less faithful to the book and that gives me an experience that's similar to the experience of reading the book. Big changes to the plot bother me more than, say, an actor who doesn't fit the physical appearance of the character I had in my imagination.