Have you read the book?

One big example of convergence in the media is the transformation of page to screen. It becomes more and more frequent for people to simply chose to watch the film instead of read the book. The film business grows larger and larger each year, books are turned into films and new concepts are thrown at us three or four times a month. Marvel offer us a community of super heroes with the Avengers, featuring film franchises for each individual character. Why read the comic book when you can watch a collection of films, so it seems. Disney create long awaited sequels; Finding Dory, Toy Story, Alice through the Looking Glass. More and more films are made, leaving little time for the hours it takes to read a book, especially in today’s busy world.

However does this ruin the story? Films very rarely capture everything a book can, things are missed out, characters adapted and story lines twisted. Personally I’ve loved to read since I was little, and the idea of not reading is just ridiculous. But it seems that more and more people and children are turning from the page to the screen.

 

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5 Comments

  1. You’ve pointed out something really true, how can you fit everything from a book into a film and still make it interesting? But I don’t think people will stop reading books for this very reason, wanting to get the whole story and see character development is something people really want.

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  2. It is definitely a growing ‘fear’ that one day books will be obsolete as we move online and movies reduce the need for books to be written. However I think there will always be a market for books. When you have discussions with people about movies vs books you always seem to find that people are in favour of reading the book, and that they want to sit down with something hard copy rather than watch something on a screen.

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  3. I think it’s also a question of time. Students and people who work are usually quite busy and may feel like they don’t have enough time to start a book because they will never get to the end. However, a movie is just about two hours hours even in the cases of books that are very long and hard to read. Also because they take less time people who just want to know what the story is because it became so famous will watch the movie even if they don’t read the book because they are not actually interested. They just want to know what everyone is talking about. (I, for example, would never read the Hunger Games books but I’ve seem all the movies.)

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  4. I agree that the making of films to portray books can be a fear in the future. The convergence of digitizing stories can be both a positive and negative outcome for our society. On one hand, films offer a different visual perspective on a story, appealing to different audiences and allowing readers a real-life story outside their imaginations. On the other hand, a film can ruin a reader’s own individual perspective. Books are meant for the imagination, and films are meant to be visual appealing. A popular book series, for example Harry Potter, could be lost within the films. For example, someone who has never read the Harry Potter books and has only seen the movies misses a lot of the details that the books offer. The convergence of print to digital can be fearful. However, I think they help each other. Digital still needs print, such as scripts and books. While print can be grown their digital to wider audiences. I think they both need the old and new media to survive.

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  5. I really love your angle on convergence and how it might be affecting the primary content of the media product, this usually being books.

    Many people these days do decide viewing a product’s film over reading the book. Film businesses at the moment are distributing many long awaited, upcoming films, particularly comic book movies that persuade most audiences to view the product rather than its primary form. Movies such as Deadpool, Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad have long been advertised to the audiences and due to the large complex comic book content, audiences only have the time to view the film.

    However if done correctly I don’t think it ruin’s the story, though it has the potential to. Many films don’t stay very true to the storyline in the products original form. This is usually done as filmmakers attempt to put their own angle on the storyline. But also due to the amount of screen time available and the amount of information in the products original content. Book plots are usually more complicated and a lot more happens as the narrative progresses. Therefore Filmmaker need to created simpler plots that can be easily understood for all audiences on screen and fill the correct amount of screen time.

    The new Deadpool film has a brilliant balance of information from its comics and a movie plot line, creating an onscreen character with many elements and qualities from the original comics.

    It is ashamed the people are concentrate more on the on screen content. People that read the books for these films fall in love with the primary content and usually are disappoint with the movies take.

    I don’t think books as a primary source are gone just yet and i hope they don’t as the source material begins the media convergence from the product to alternate media platforms.

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