Re: [mythsoc] Ruining the book
- At 07:54 AM 2/22/2002 , Jamaq wrote:
>I'm hesitant to reply because I may not be understanding you properly--let meI'm puzzled by your use of the word "however" here, because you'd just
>know if I'm off-base. You say, "The comparison would not say whether this
>un-evenness was meaningful, necessary, or wise, or better art." Within those
>terms, I think your comparison might be very interesting and even valuable.
>I do think, however, that we have to avoid any idea that a film adaptation
>can be or should be judged solely on how slavishly it reproduces the
finished quoting my specific disavowal of the very error you then go on to
caution me against.
My intent is to compare the time allocation objectively, and then use my
judgment to decide whether the changes worked or made sense.
Your comments on film adaptation in your post are interesting, but there's
a lot of fog surrounding this subject. I see an insufficient rigor in
distinguishing between changes that are actually necessary because of the
differences in the media, changes that are not necessary but are made to
fit the director's or screenwriter's preferences (usually dignified as
"expressing a vision"), and changes that are made purely out of guesswork
or superstition about what will sell to movie audiences.
I'm confident that the last category exists because of the screenwriter
William Goldman's Law of Filmmaking, which reads "Nobody knows anything."
Nobody knows what will be popular, nobody knows whether what was popular in
one film will replicate its popularity if repeated in some other film.
However, as you guess, my main interest is in analyzing what Jackson did
first, and reach conclusions afterwards.
>So I think your problem will be finding some way of establishing a consistentThat's an intellectually trivial problem, though it may be tiresome working
>ratio between the space/time of the book and the space/time of the film. I'm
>not sure this is possible, but who am I to say? If you succeed, I for one
>would be very interested in the result.
it out. It will require judgment to tag the parts of the movie properly
and decide exactly what chapters constitute "the book" it's being compared to.