I agree that the two experiences rarely compare, so I try to seperate the two - by that I mean that I judge a film on its own merits, as I do a book. They are two very different media and therefore different experiences.
A film requires less from it's viewers....maybe that is why there is something so much more satifying about the act of reading a book. A book requires your concentration, your imagination, your constant participation. With a film everything is done for you really.
There is nothing I enjoy more than escaping into the cinema for an hour or two. Its all the more satifying when you watch something that pushes the boundaries a little. Film can portray images for us that we may never conjure up in our heads (weird camera angles, etc.) Also, the score to a film can add to the climax of emotion, create suspense, etc...drawing us into the action.
If forced to make a choice between the two I would choose a book, but I cant honestly say that I am always disappointed with a movie adaptation of a book. The experiences are rarely similar but as long as you know that before you go into the movie then you can still enjoy it.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in book form, felt like plowing through molasses. So long and detailed, I had to force myself to get through them. And I was a pretty avid reader at the time. Maybe I just don't like fantasy novels.
Anyway, that's why I think the movies did a good job, because they painted the picture without, for me, losing the "feel" of the novels. If you like Tolkein, though, I can see how no movie could ever live up to his writing. Such is the nature of great writing!
Must admit I was disappinted by the third movie somewhat, though. You know pretty much how it's going to turn out - so you're just waiting for it the whole time. In a novel, an inevitable end doesn't feel quite so ho-hum.
I think you're getting me mixed up with Brendan. I enjoyed the Lord of Ring books. I have only seen the first one of the three movies and enjoyed that too, i will get round to watching the other two at some stage. With that paricular trilogy though i read the books a long, long time ago as a young kid so i don't think i can relate the books to the film as i don't remember how good the books were. I just see the movie as a good movie.
Sorry Dave, I should have been more explicit. By my comment in reference to you - it was an agreement that, like you not getting through Master and Commander, thus watching the movie - I couldn't get through Lord trilogy and settled for the movies. Not a reference on your opinion of the Lord books. Sorry for the confusion. Glad you enjoyed them! A lot of people do and I really wish I had been able to also. I'll giver M&C a try and see if i agree with you there. (Just might!)
Sorry Isa, your original thread made perfect tense, it's coming to the end of a 12 hour shift so i'm not reading things too thoroughly. My brain tends to work at a very leisurely pace late in the afternoon
I remember having to read "The Outsiders" in grade school...then I saw the movie...Lets just say...it helps when your a teenage girl and they put eye candy in the film version
Let me put it this way:
Books and movies are completely different medias, with different rules. I think they should be separated from each other - great book and great movie (Shawshank Redemption, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest).
For me there some are movies that I prefer to the book - The Shining! but also a lot of movies that were uninspired pieces of mediocre workmanship, just produced for the money, where you better spend your money buying the book a couple of times and give them to your friends!
Back to you, guys.
I totally agree! They are totally different mediums. What I thought was a great book and a poor movie, might be your favorite movie and worst book ever read. The Shining was a good movie, but I pictured something different when I read it. Maybe that would be a good question? Have you ever liked both, the movie and the book, equally?
I have found that if I see the movie first I like the movie better and if I read the book first I like the book more. With the exception of Carrie, film better than book.
Movie and book equally good - Pride and Predjudice (by Jane Austin). I LOVE both.
Whoops - meant to say the BBC version of P&P.
On the other hand, The Count of Monte Cristo book was much better than the movie. The movie reflected half the story and changed the ending!