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Should literature be made into films?

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Should Literature Be Made Into Films? I believe every writer dreams of it: one of his/her books being made into a film. There are immediately obvious benefits to this happening, such as the fame and profit to come with it, but there are also problems that can occur that will possibly end up making the dream become a nightmare!! Some novels turn films have ended extremely successful such as the Lord of the Rings series however, others such as the Harry Potter and the Chronicles of Narnia have gone disastrously wrong, some would say. Others, like Of Mice and Men rift somewhere in the middle of the two extremes and are debatable. ...read more.


I asked myself a few pertinent questions after watching a film after I have read the literature itself: 1. Did the screenplay stay true to the author's intent? 2. Did the actors look the way I imagined the characters would look? 3. Did the overall production (script, musical score, camera work, etc.) capture the essence of the author's intentions? Upon watching of Mice and Men, too many important scenes seemed to be missing or lack the cutting edge that great films seem to have for example the scene where Curley's wife dies; it just seemed too unrealistic the way Lenny broke her neck and everything just happened way too quickly and it did seem rather cheesy. ...read more.


He added that special touch of daftness to his character, but didn't fully encapsulate the 'real' Lenny. In the end, I don't think there is an easy formula for making a film adaptation of a book, but I think there is one binding rule that should be followed: have the screenplay be as true as possible to the original intent of the author. This does not suggest a carbon copy screenplay, but rather one that adapts and brings to life those essential elements in the author's work. Directors shouldn't even begin to make a film out of a piece of literature unless they are positive it will be a success. When that happens there can be cinematic magic; when it doesn't, critics and fans alike are displeased with what they see. ...read more.

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