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    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?

    • You could also look at what end up being more successful: print to movie adaptations, or movie to print adaptations. – Marcie Waters 5 years ago
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    • You could also determine talk about how some books are not fit for film. – birdonawire 5 years ago
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    • Perhaps this topic is best approached by genre. It may be that books before movies may be good for some genres--for example love and romance--but not for others--such as mysteries. – kalyraman 5 years ago
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    • You could determine your solutions based on top box office adaptations vs top literary adaptations. – Burst74 5 years ago
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    • I think book adaptations of movies have it too rough. If a great writer did it, I would read it. But as of now, they read like an intern took the script and translated it word for word into an easily digestible novel. However, I want After Hours by Martin Scorcese as a novel. I would read the hell out of that. – coletunningley 5 years ago
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    • Books sales, as a whole, should also be researched. You could also look into comic sales before and after a superhero movie is released. – MDanielewski 5 years ago
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    • This could also be stretched to include a show like 'Game of Thrones' where fans of the books will have to actively choose between watching the show or waiting until the books come out if they wish to continue consuming the media. – Matthew Sims 5 years ago
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    • You could also look at some of the reasons why book to movie adaptations fail at the box office. – writergurl22 4 years ago
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