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Initial post: 15 Jul 2013 14:53:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jul 2013 14:18:27 BDT
the recent invention of the moving picture industry has lead me to wonder why we aren't over the initiial novelty value yet. as most modern movies are remakes designed to place as many products in as possible, has the initial storytelling art gone?
why do people like me sit inside on sunny days watching films that we've already seen? what are we getting out of it?
why, if every book is 'better than the movie', do we continue to make movies from books?
don't we have something better to do with our time?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2013 19:48:17 BDT
Nonny says:
For many reasons. Films allow us to live vicariously. They offer us a window into other times, places & other people's lives. They provide 'company' of a sort for people. They can be interesting or beautiful to look at & hear. They can evoke memories or stir feelings within us. They can thrill, shock, disturb, inform. They can be life affirming, humourous, educational.

Posted on 17 Jul 2013 10:10:32 BDT
I Readalot says:
Why do people do anything, watch Big Brother, read mags containing the exploits of Z list celebs? Not all movies from books are bad in other threads people have commented that it can often be the other way around. People who never usually read books will watch the movie and then go on to read the book. A little read author who has their books made into a TV show will become known and a new demand will emerge, often not just for their books but for others like them. Whatever the reasoning for using books as a basis and for a movie it has a positive effect on book sales an that can only be a good thing. I wonder why people watch endless sport on TV, but then we all get our entertainment from different things.

Posted on 18 Jul 2013 14:56:52 BDT
gilbert says:
Sometimes I read a book and don't get it but a good film version can help me understand. Sometimes the filmmaker tells a different story from that in the book so you are getting something new. Sometimes a character can be a bit sketchy, or a two-dimensional caricature, in the book but a good actor can make a three-dimensional person from that. Sometimes an old film can be a record of a bygone era, particularly if it was shot in the area where it was set, using locals as extras. The first time I watch a film I watch it for the story; I want to be totally absorbed in that. However, if I enjoy it I may watch it again to admire the way it was made: the acting, the direction, the locations, the sets, the special effects, the music etc. Film is an art form in itself, not a substitute for a book, any more than a photograph is just a substitute for a painting.
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