Saturday, May 08, 2010

Does Turning A Book Into A Movie Encourage More Young People To Read?

"Imagine that in the book you are reading there is a battle scene," says a member of READ SA in our discussion on whether turning books into movies encourage young people to read.

"In your head there are twenty thousand Zulu warriors in all their finery; oxhide shields and assegais. There are a thousand Welshmen with red jackets and white hats. In your head they are all there, but in the film there are fifty hungry township kids in dirty feathers and twenty white men with the wrong hats and jackets that don't fit. The book is better every time."

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Anonymous said...

I think the young person has to be a reader to begin with. I work in a library and really love some really good books that have been turned into movies (i.e. harry potter) but I watched the movie before the book and then I read it and fall in love with the books more.

But take a lof of friends of mine who also have been through the same situations don't see the point of reading the book after watching the movie. I mean they know the book is better- but they say its like watching just all the highlights and important bits of the book rather than the whole game/book.

po said...

So far the book has been better every time for me. Sometimes the movie comes close or is even as good, but I've never seen a movie better than the book.

Tamara said...

I'm with Po on books being better. Except Lord of the Rings. I loathed the books but loved the movies.

Damaria Senne said...

Gosh Tamara, i'm impressed. You actually managed to read the books? I couldn't! I started one and couldn't finish it.

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