• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Screenplays - Although hundreds of movies based on books have been very triumphant, I believe that watching a movie based on a book really alters how the reader conceived the book.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

ENC1101 Angela Fralick Essay #5 Commentary Ever since the beginning of the film industry, books have been made into screenplays. Books that are made into films can be very popular. One reason for the popularity is because fans are familiar with the titles of the books or the author, so they become interested in viewing the author's film. Movies such as The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Torklein, The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum, and The Road to Perdition by Max Allen Collins were all among thousands of well-recognized novels that were best sellers before ever hitting the "big screen". (www.library.thinkquest.org) Very high numbers of authors that have decided to record their novel(s) as a movie have been very successful in the box office. Stephen King is possibly the most well known author of horror. Stephen King has produced more than 8 movies that have been based on his books, such as The Shining, Carrie, and It. Although hundreds of movies based on books have been very triumphant, I believe that watching a movie based on a book really alters how the reader conceived the book. ...read more.

Middle

One of the five characters was a small girl named Swan, hence the title of the book. After reading this book, I found that the book had been made into a movie. I watched the movie as soon as I could. I was very disappointed to find that many of the parts in the book had been left out of the movie. I believe however interesting the movie is to the author, if the movie turns out bad, the people who read the book and watched the movie may envision the book in a totally different way than they did after only reading the book. Before reading Swan Song, my favorite book was The Tenth Kingdom by Simon Moore. The book was a wonderful fantasy about a young woman from New York City who discovers that her mother is an evil queen from a fantasyland made up of ten kingdoms. When reading the book, I was able to picture in my mind what every place and thing in the book looked like. ...read more.

Conclusion

Many parts of the book had been left out of the movie for times sake. Being that parts were left out and I knew the parts that should have been in the movie, I felt that the movie was ruined. Although the book received great reviews, the movie received some not-so-good criticism. Todd Anthony of the South Florida Sun Sentinel stated, "How this one escaped the Lifetime Network, I'll never know." Ultimately, I feel that movies should not be based off of novels. To put my figures into ratio form, I would say that 2 out of 3 times I am disappointed after watching a movie based off of a book that I read. When books are made into movies, the illustration of a book should be left to the reader so that the way the book was envisioned by them will not be distorted. Also, a lot of times parts are changed or totally left out of the movie that were contained in the book, thus, to me, changing the story altogether. Novels should simply stay novels. Fancy superstars, lights, and props, in my opinion, do not make the words of the book any better than they were after I read them myself. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Films section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Films essays

  1. Compare the movies 'Taxi Driver' and 'Manhattan'

    Moreover, the actor's voiceover comes across as rather personal because in actual fact he is speaking to himself and not to the viewer. Already, we have been invited to listen in on his private thoughts and he even hesitates several times, "Uh, no.

  2. Gary Sinse transformed the book of Arthur Miller, The Crucible, into a very forceful ...

    As can be proved by her words, "I have laid seven babies unbaptized in the earth..... and yet, each would wither in my arms the very night of their birth.... and now, this year my Ruth, my only I see her turning strange...."

  1. Launching a movie successfully

    and Celebrity parties share a common insight of establishing a good relationship with public which is a critical factor to gain positive words of mouth. In the meanwhile, they build awareness and show confidence. Yet, they are not necessarily low-cost and sometimes could be very expensive.

  2. Movie villains article.

    More importantly, this update to the Zombie mythos works also in the plot department. Whereas the 70's original was a thinly veiled criticism of consumer culture with the zombies congregating at a shopping mall because they remember it as a happy place, this new film attaches a lot of post-Sept 11, 2001 commentary.

  1. Communication in the Movies: Rainman

    When communicating with someone, it is imperative to keep the climate warm by doing things to keep the conversation comfortable. If the climate gets cold, then the conversation can turn into a negative spiral where one negative thing triggers another negative thing until it spirals out of control.

  2. What can a Roman historian say about the movie "Gladiator"?

    Ironically, Lucilla is the only sister with whom he is not accused of incestuous relations, but the filmmakers are to be commended for not focusing on the biographer's unreliable charges to make "Gladiator" into another cheap sexploitation epic of Roman Imperial orgies.

  1. Hollywood movies follow a formula.

    The majority of action hero's play vital roles in the movies as this is what they are well known for, such as superman, Batman etc. Style is also a major a major factor in Hollywood action movies. In 'The Matrix' Laurence Fishburne plays the character, Morpheus.

  2. The movies today have sometimes been based upon a book. Sometimes however the book ...

    This is very different because in the book it shows a progressive revert to barbarism. As well as the movie did not have the atmosphere in the book. The movie never had Piggy portrayed quite as a logical think as told in the book.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work