Books v.s. their Movie Adaptations

 

Most movies nowadays are adaptations of popular novels that would have all the great movie making components. I think there’s somebody who actually reads books and decides if they could be made into a great Hollywood movie. That job, definitely could go into my list of jobs a hypothetical jobs I would love to have in my hypothetical life. How great would it be to read books for a living and to analyze it and say oh yes, this will make a great or horrible movie. Novels occasionally range from various total number of pages. They always have so much content, content that could not be all relied in a movie. Movies are different. They show the viewers the story instead of telling it and usually do not exceed 2 hours and 30 minutes. Then how can a 500-700 page book be squeezed into that time frame? The answer is it really can’t.

People always compare the books and their movie adaptions. Extreme fans of such books would scream at the thought of changing a scene or not putting in a specific one at all. The actors are scrutinized by fans who clearly have perfect visions of what characters should look like. For these kinds of movies, critical reception is on the bridge as the opinions of those fans of the books heavily matter. The thing is, they already have expectations of what they are about to embark at the theaters.

What I really want to convey is that people should stop comparing. Books are movies are entirely different forms of art. Yes, the movie adaptation is based on the book. But, that is where people should think. The movies are based on the books. Nowhere does it say this movie will be exactly look the book and will contain every single moment in the book perfectly to your expectations. That would be impossible. Or it could be possible but it wouldn’t make a very good movie. Movies are here to entertain. That is why they are not 5 hours long. Who would stay entertained that long? So yes, some parts of the book will be left out. Some parts of the books would be condensed and some could be changed. People should stop saying the line “the books are way better than the movies”. Yes, the books are better than the movie in certain aspects. There is more depth of the characters and their emotions and thoughts. There is more depth of what is happening in the events. It is because books are in writing. It is so much easier to be able to write a whole page on what a character is feeling. Books don’t have caps on how long they could be. If authors wanted to, they could write, write, write. However, movies can be better than books in certain aspects as well. You get to see what the characters look like, you get to soak up the settings and see the story come to life in visual format. Books and movies are two entirely different things. People shouldn’t be looking at them the same way. Although, there is nothing wrong saying “I wish this scene was included in the movie” or “I wish the casting for this certain character was different”. But things get awry when they say one is better.

Some famous movies based on books are notably: Harry Potter, The Great Gatsby, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Hunger Games, and seriously all of Nicholas Spark’s romantic novels.The most recent movie is the teen romantic thriller, Divergent. I have read the book and also seen the movie afterwards. I enjoyed the book and also have enjoyed the movie. But, I do not think one is better than the other. The book did a better job of explaining the character’s personalities and relationships more. The movie did a better job for conveying certain scenes for me, especially the one with the main character, Tris, zip-lining hundreds of feet above. Several scenes were changed and I really did not mind. The producers felt that one of the antagonists should make more appearances in the movie than in the book. I felt that it did work out towards the plot in the movie. When scenes are changed that have no impact to the plot, that is when the movie starts making less sense.

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So people should stop comparing books and movies like they are the same. They are clearly not. On a more amusing note, let’s see if movies and book adaptations will ever spout. Now, what would people say to that?

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Life on the Other Side: Dealing with Stress

Stress is something everybody deals with on a continual basis. I get stressed out about every single thing imaginable.

-The over amounting work I have to complete.

-Dealing with people. Not just difficult, just people in general.

-When things don’t go my way….

The number one reason stress preludes my day. I woke up completely wrong. Hated the blazing sun on my eyes. Yes, spring is more like summer where I reside. Which is another funny story actually, as I was getting emotional the night before about missing the drafty and freezing winters. Winter, I wait again for you to wrap me around that shawl of cold, cold embrace. Yes, dramatization is the key to emotional confessions. I started getting ready for my day, but my eyes resorted to being puffy and watery.  Broken appearance has a great deal of an effect on women and needless to say, to that point I was stressed out. Stress can be described like today’s economy, as a spiraling cycle. When it begins to be bad, there seems to be no way to stop it or to get out of it. On a whim, I looked up on the internet, “stress”. Maybe there could be some profound psychologist who has composed magic steps to release me from this. So, I found a video from Ted Talks, a speaker named Kelly McGonigal who has realized the proper way to deal with stress.

From this, I learned there is life on the other side, the right way to live with stress.

It is the common conception that stress is seen as something negative. Atrocious. Bad. Dreadful. All in all, Crappy. It is not good to have stress; it is one of the leading causes for the number of deaths. Seriously. However, the turn around is not the fact that we have stress, it is the way we look at it.
Change the way we approach stress. Change the way we view stress. Stress is our body’s way of prepping us for whatever comes next. Our body’s way of pressuring us to the point and we then finally act. So, yes stress helps us in life! Take for example of the stress of public speaking. People can definitely be feeling the weight when they have to present themselves in front of others. That is when stress comes to play. It pushes us. It pushes people when they have fear. They act on their stress and come through with something they were dreading otherwise.

Stress prompts us to want more human interaction. Makes us social. This is quite astounding as I am as antisocial as it ever gets. Talking to people, helping out people actually lets us release some of the energy we have when we are stressed out. It makes sense, it feels good to physically interact with someone or help out others in need. It also lets people seek support of their troubles instead of bottling it all up. Human connection is a important factor in dealing with stress. Rethink your stress response. Think of stress as being helpful when you go into a situation next time and the results will be an insurmountable change. Think of stress as a rouse to go seek people and the connections to them.

View stress differently. Make a statement against stress that you can handle it. Make a statement that you are not alone when dealing with stress. Maybe you will see, life is really better on the other side.

 

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