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Thursday, March 3, 2016
What’s The Best Way To Experience A Story?
I love reading books
and I love going to the movies, but I’ve noticed a pattern. Movies generally
have a specific interpretation of things and then present them definitively and
clearly. If anything is ambiguous or
mysterious, it is done so intentionally. But with many books, it seems a lot is
open to interpretation and the reader’s personal imagination. So which is the best way to experience a
universally tends to say: “the book was
better” when comparing a book that they read and then seeing the movie
version. I often see movies that are based on books without reading the books.
I have nothing to compare it to except other movies and the merits of the film.
There is always an
ongoing debate: books vs. movies. Both are entertaining and informative
mediums, and both are needed to get a perspective on history, visions of the
future, and an interpretation of today’s society.
Just as we encourage
young kids to read along while listening to an audiobook, should we encourage
people to see movies based on books they’ve read? And what of plays, especially ones based on
books? It’s a wonderful thing to have so many art forms to express and
experience stories and ideas.
What we don’t
typically see is the book coming after a movie or play – unless the book
becomes something new, like a sequel to the movie.
There are some
innovative book approaches to popular movies or TV. Sometimes books continue the stories of a TV
show long after the show expired. In
other cases, books supplement a movie or book, filling in aspects of a story
that people still hunger to know.
I would love to see a
day where all types of media honor the same story, where there’s a book out, TV
show, movie, cartoon, play, comic book, concert, and other types of
entertainment – each telling some version of the same thing.
Books are always a
key part of any conversation. The media
writes about books. It interviews authors and quote them as experts. Mass media uses books to craft its own
materials, such as films and TV shows.
And books influence other books and authors. But though it seems things begin with a book,
books must, keep up with the world and the entertainment industry. It’s a symbiotic relationship, where one influences
the other. There’s a synergy amongst all
forms of media and communications. I’m
so happy so many books lead the way and that society embraces books. This is how it should always be.