New book to film video essay explains why film adaptations shouldn’t be so easily dismissed


For all the people who get excited when a Hollywood studio announces they are adapting a bestselling book into a feature film, there are just as many who would rather not see a movie adaptation ruin the text they love so much. However, when it comes to movie adaptations of classic literature that seem to play quickly and freely with the source material, it’s usually for good reason.

A new video essay argues for film adaptations of books, especially when it comes to classic novels, simply because they have the ability to take the material and make it more accessible to a new contemporary audience. Use films such as 10 things I hate about you and Distraught as an example, the video essay illustrates how these classic narratives are made more interesting to a new generation of viewers by connecting them to modern issues and contexts.

Watch the book to film the video trial after the jump.

A similar argument could also be made for movie remakes. While some remakes are just carbon copies of an original movie that doesn’t look dated enough to require a remake to be more accessible to a new generation of viewers, some of them are satisfying updates to the movie with a cast that might be more familiar, and therefore more engaging, than that of a movie released decades ago.

While a film adaptation is never as good as the book in the eyes of readers who have fallen in love with the text, Signature Views argues that there are still some redeeming qualities that can make them stand out as a new take on a story that you already know. Try not to get caught up in the changes the movies make to your favorite book and enjoy them on new medium that can’t always easily translate what’s on the page to the screen.


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