Monday, May 20, 2013

Why Is The Book Always Better Than The Movie?

Good, good, *pukes*
       This is something that is always mentioned when a movie's based on a book. "Meh, the book was better." There's a whole myrriad of movies out there based on books. The Hannibal series. A Clockwork Orange. Battle Royale. The Harry Potter series. Why, then, does it usually hold true that the book's better?


           A lot of it has to do with description. In a book you can fit millions of details that you wouldn't usually see in a movie, like what a character was thinking or how it was related to another situation, character, or object in the same book (or in another book in the same series, once we're at it). Also, a book can be extended to such a length that a moviemaker could only dream of. There's no way you could make a movie out of a three hundred page book without ommiting some details, let alone a full movie. 

Unless you're Kubrick. You can make sure there's more details in the movie.
          And yet, that's not the most important factor. In a book, you can let your imagination run wild. You can imagine things happening in magnitudes that the films simply can't capture (read a book after watching its film, and indeed, you will be forced to view the book as the director viewed it). That also means that when you watch the film, it will be very different as to what you imagined. A good example of this is for the Hunger Games movie, when Rue's actress was cast, many people were enraged because they imagined Rue as a small, white girl with blonde hair and blue eyes. Of course, many fans overlooked the fact that Rue and the dude that played Thresh were described with dark skin. 

I wouldn't complain to his face, though, that guy's big.
          Another thing is that simply, the way that the film is interpreted will simply be too different as to what you imagined. The Neverending Story? The movies were horrible to look at, they were simply too different. Hell, it was separated in three parts and in one movie there's a redhead and in the next movie the same character's portrayed by a blonde-haired kid. Also Atreyu had greenish skin in the book and he's just a dark-skinned boy in the movie. 

Pictured: Not Green
          Of course, there are a few films better than the books. Many liked The Godfather more than its novel, or the Shining. A Clockwork Orange is another example. And yet, many movies simply can't reach the level of emotion and imagination that you put forward when it comes to reading, and that's a bit of the reason as to why the book will, if not always, most of the time be better than the movie.

Indeed, the movie was awesome.