Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The Chicken or the Egg: Should Books or Movies come first?
As we all await the release of the new Star Wars this winter, we should consider the fact that this series did not start off in print. That is to say, it was a movie sensation before anyone created a printed version of the story. Since then, there have been numerous novels, short stories, graphic novels, etc…that have been written. This is not unique; many movie sensations have prompted authors to create written versions of the film(s). Is there a use in creating written versions of films that have already been created? Readers often love to see movie versions of their favorite stories because it can help bring them to life. A difficult task for readers is often imagining what certain aspects of a story look like (i.e. characters, settings); therefore, a film version often confirms or disproves their previous assumptions. Unfortunately, for many readers, finding out this information, along with knowing how the story ends, can ruin the experience of reading something. In conclusion, what would the point be of reading a book if you have already seen the entire story in film version?