The Adaptation Game

It was recently pointed out to me that books would make much better TV show adaptations than movie adaptations. There’s more time for character development, producers wouldn’t necessarily need to cut any content die hard fans would be hoping for, and writers could be more faithful to the original canon. However dragging a story out too long could lose the audience. Discuss the pros and cons of both.

  • There is also the factor that some things in books are hard to recreate in film and in TV. Film don't just leave scenes out of a book just because of the running time; It is also because there are parts of books that just don't translate well in to film. Just look the Shining mini-series for example. The book is filled with disturbing and creepy scenes, but when you try to translate it into TV, it just comes of as silly. What readers imagine in their head is usually 10 times scarier that when it is depicted on screen. – Aaron Hatch 7 years ago

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