Thursday, October 2, 2008

Films Versus Books

Paul Auster's protagonist in Man in the Dark has this to say (p. 15):
Escaping into a film is not like escaping into a book. Books force you to give something back to them, to exercise your intelligence and imagination, whereas you can watch a film--and even enjoy it--in a state of mindless passivity.

5 comments:

Erin said...

I love that quote! That's so true.

Jena said...

Wonderfully said.

Anna van Gelderen said...

Excellent! I am going to use that against a friend who had the audacity to state that film is the highest form of art.

Jeane said...

I like that quote! Very well said. My husband and I are waiting to get this book from the library- there's four more requests in before ours.

Matt said...

In books, readers can construct the world of the characters from the authors’ words, fill the gap for what’s not said, and speculate from between the lines. So it becomes very subjective, a matter of one’s own interpretation. The film is a manifestation of the story in the director’s perception. So different nuances can be exuded through the appearance of the cast, the scores, and the screenplay, which most of the time would have taken exact words or dialogues from the book, but the context becomes inevitably different.