Patrick

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Writer, musician, nerd and geek. Residing in Sydney, Australia.

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    The Accuracy of Book-To-Movie Adaptations

    Book-to-movie films (and—more regularly, now—shows) are especially common in young adult franchises such as The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games, and Divergent. The first three Harry Potter films are some of the most beloved book-to-movie adaptations in history. The latter movies, while successful in other regards, were criticised (especially by book purists) for cutting out, altering, or ignoring large chunks of the source material. I have heard several fans say that they would watch a Harry Potter reboot if it was a high-budget streaming show that adapted each chapter into an episode, with the dialogue and plots and sub-plots remaining exactly the same as the books. Whether this would ever be done remains to be seen,

    Movies face an issue in that they are limited in run-time. While there are long movie adaptations out there (The Lord of the Rings is a prime example), more commonly, they are cut to fit at a little over 2 hours. They prioritise entertainment and a streamlined story. Books can vary in length to a great degree—the first Harry Potter book was around 77,000 words while the fifth (the longest) was around 257,000. Yet the fifth movie (2hrs and 18 minutes long) was actually shorter than the first (2 hours and 32 minutes long). The movie arguably benefited from cutting much of the meat of the book, at least from an entertainment perspective, if not from a story and world perspective.

    How important is it for the plot to be accurately represented in films, given that they are, indeed, adaptations of the source material and not direct translations? Is it enough for the characters and world to be represented with care and detail? Are fans right in complaining about inaccuracy and missing scenes in book-to-movie adaptations? What are some examples of book-to-movie adaptations done well, and done poorly?

    • The different approaches to book adaptations and the merits or detriments of shifting the medium of a story would definitely be an interesting topic. Another possible aspect of the topic would be the question of whether a movie or an episodic show is the most effective format, whether this is case specific, and what sort of plots and subplots lend themselves to short or long form cinema. – Quodlibet 7 days ago
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    • Movies and books are two extremely different mediums with unique characteristics, potential benefits, and potential barriers. Consider this example: In the book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, there are several significant internal monologues. In my opinion, one of the most substantial ones is Alice's internal monologue while questioning her own identity (inside the rabbit hole); however, I was unable to locate a single movie that featured this internal monologue. In a novel, a character could typically have an internal monologue for a whole chapter, or even more, but in a movie, it would be disastrous. In light of this, I believe the questions to be asked are: Which elements should be removed in order to make room for the new medium? What elements need to be modified to take advantage of the new medium's potential? etc. The issue is not whether there should or shouldn't be disparities between the two - because there will always be disparities between the two; rather, it is how to implement these contrasts without compromising the book's basic concepts and takeaways. – Samer Darwich 6 days ago
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    • The benefits of a series format compared with that of a film would definitely be an interesting topic. In my opinion one of the interesting examples to explore would be the adaptation of philip pulman's series 'his dark materials' and how the movie compares to the HBO series. Whils both effectively translate the novels into another format, both fail where the other succeeds. For example the HBO series is more detailed and has better pacing whereas the movie has a tone that is similar to that of the books. Another example is all quiet on the western front which has been adapted into a television sereis and two different movies, the most recent havign been released this year. I'm sure some interesting comparisons can be drawn between the different adaptations that would help furthere develop this topic. – Matilda 4 days ago
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    • The debate of making a successful book to movie adaptation is great to engage in. There first needs to be an acknowledgement that there ate two different mediums and depending how abstract or explicit, its down to directors' and writers interpretation the book. – ml22370 1 day ago
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    I really enjoyed reading your views on ‘ending’ characters definitively, as well as the thought that not everything needs to be connected. If we had more comic book movies that stood alone without needing to include other superheroes (references would be fine) and a greater story (like The Batman, Joker, etc), the movies might become more memorable rather than all blurring together (especially for casual viewers!).

    Continuity and Connectivity in Comic Book Movies
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    A while ago I would have said that for a game to be memorable it had to be something I’d never seen before, something unlike anything in any media like movies, books, comics, etc. But that’s not true for me anymore, and I know this because I see the same settings, tropes, archetypes etc in games as I do in other media. But it’s all about the execution and how you feel while playing. Do you feel comfortable, at home, in a game like Stardew Valley (the likes of which we’ve seen, and which takes elements from many other games)? Do you feel awed, scared and thrilled by the gothic, horrifying world of Bloodborne that brings to life Lovecraft’s worst nightmares? Do you feel love and heartbreak for the characters of the Last of Us, in a post-apocalyptic setting we’ve seen a thousand times? These games create an impression because of how much care was taken in making them. So, I suppose, simply, some games aren’t memorable, because the care isn’t there to as great a degree as those standouts.

    Why Do Some Games Create an Unforgettable Impression?
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    Superman has, on many occasions, offered to help Batman deal with crime in Gotham. He has, almost always, flatly refused. Batman feels that a guardian angel or godlike figure is not what Gotham needs, and that for Superman to ‘fix’ the city would disrupt its core. How far would Superman go? Would he take away guns, lock up muggers, expose fraud and theft? When humanity is so set on being rotten, can Superman really change things by simply coming in and acting on his own heroic whims? He’d try and help… but would that end up with Gotham’s citizens perhaps resenting him more than the supervillains that run amok in the street?

    Why Don't Superheroes Change the World?