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Is the book always better than the movie? Are there any exceptions?

By Eugena On August 31st, 2011

A WordPress Prompt Post — Audience, what do you think?

No.  Nothing is ever always better than something else.  Usually for those of you who read a book and enjoy it then it is a disappointment to see the movie or television adaptation.  It will never be similar enough (some exceptions).

As a writer, technically, I could write anything any way I want.  Novels are generally written as they come to me and I edit them.  Structure per se is not a necessity.

Movies, however, are an entirely different story.  The majority of American scripts are written in a particular formula or structure. There are certain variations and sometimes trend changes.  To a certain degree, I have started planning my novels in the same structure as a screenplay, at least for its backbone.

An example in action: Number of Characters

The Age of Merrik: The Anointing has a very large cast.  I will be cutting down on that cast in Rise of the New Masters but will probably be expanding it in Dark Desires since it focuses on the sword masters. When I wrote the screenplay adaptation of The Age of Merrik: The Anointing, however, I reduced the number of characters and turned The Four and Miriam into two characters.

Movies and novels are generally different.  They usually can be both appreciated.  Fans may not like a book’s adaptation.  I think the Stardust movie is much more enjoyable than the book.

Writing the Hard Scene (Mature Content)

By Eugena On August 24th, 2011

EXTREMELY GRAPHIC MENTIONS BELOW – PLEASE DO NOT READ IF DISCUSSION OF “THAT KIND” OF VIOLENCE WILL DISTURB YOU.

I Can Handle the Discussion

Fans Asked For It, Now Look For It (Mature Content)

By Eugena On August 21st, 2011

CONTENT WARNING – INCLUDS DISCUSSION OF “THAT KIND” OF VIOLENCE AGAINST OTHERS, INCLUDING AN UNDERAGE CHARACTER

PROCEED:

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