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Okay people, here's a revelation for you, repeat after me:
The Books are not better!
Let me elaborate. Of course there are good movies and bad movies. There are good books and bad books. What there isn't is a book that is better than a movie or a movie that's better than a book. Because, and this is kind of the central point of my reasoning here, they are not comparable as easy as that, because they are not the same thing.
First things first, book and story are not synonymous. There is a story and it's told by the book. There is also a story and it's told by the movie.
There are different kinds of storys, some are served magnificently by books, others work better in movies. Then of course, there is a difference in quality. A cheap adaptation of a story is going to make a bad movie. But the point is that a story can be great in both mediums and the question is not: "Is the film true to the book?" The real question is: "Is the film true to the story?"
First example: The Golden Compass
I pick this one, because, boy was I furious about this movie. This was one of the movies that could have been great. But it wasn't true to the story. Now this was one where I used to say "Oh the book is so much better." But that's the wrong way to approach it. The book merely treated the story better. It took the time to develop the central conflicts and wasn't afraid to end on a cliffhanger. The movie showed no courage at all and wasted a genius cast.
Second example: The Lord of the Rings
There is no such thing as better in this one. Both the movies and the books are groundbreaking.
Third example: The Hunger Games
Here we have a case where in my opinion the story fits the movies better. Now the first movie was choppy and had it's mistakes, but it's still good. Catching Fire though, it hits all the right beats and makes for a great experience. In this case the book was more problematic.
What I hope people will understand someday is that movies are not just cash cows that try to con you out of your money because you liked the book. Stories will always take different ways in movies, simply because a movie has different requirements and possibilities than a book. And maybe, instead of bitching about it, we can just appreciate the opportunity to see the story that we so loved in the books playing out in a different way in a movie. I like to think that there are infinite ways that a story can go, and watching a movie ideally gives you a chance to see the story in a different way and discover new things about it.
So when you hear about a new movie coming out and it's one of your Tfios's or World War Z's, try to remember that the people who make these movies are artists too. And most of all, don't condescend just because you read the books, because come on, what are you, some hipster who didn't get enough attention growing up? There is a way to discuss books and movies that involves actual discourse and a fair exchange of opinions and it is entirely possible to like both.
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WHY is it seemingly too hard for people to figure out the differences between the different forms of homonyms?! I am so sick of seeing "to" where it should be "too," "your" where it should be "you're," "there" when it should be "their" or "they're," and the even more egregious "our" when it should be "are." I learned that in 3rd grade. I was 8 years old. I promise it's not that hard!!! If you have a disability or English isn't your first language, I will give you a grace period of a couple months to figure it out, but most of the mistakes I see are people who were raised in English-speaking countries and many even went to the same schools I did!Similarly, teachers, if your students are in 6th grade or higher, PLEASE penalize them for this kind of thing in papers and stuff! College professors, this kind of mistake can and should be an automatic 10-15% grade deduction if not an automatic zero. I'm so sick of having to go back and figure out what people mean just because they suck at the English language!
@Rollo The term SUV is refering to the fact that they can be used to transport sporting equipment.
They are used in some motor sports, and can be used as vehicles to transport sport stuff.
I know plenty of people that haul sporting gear in there SUV's also.