I went to see Twilight with my 13-year-old sister last night. I have read the books, and I knew that the movie would be disappointing in comparison. My sister, however, had not read the books. This was the second time that she had seen the movie, and she LOVED it. I have to admit, they did a good job with casting Edward Cullen. I thought that would be the hardest character to cast. I'm not sure the rest of the casting was as good. None of them really met my expectations for the characters, and some were completely wrong for my opinion.
The movie was okay. I like to see movies after reading a book, because I'm a very visual person. I see the things I write as if they were a movie, and then I try to describe those scenes as best I can in my writing. However, I am almost always disappointed in the shortcuts they take to make the movies shorter. They strip out all the good dialogue and leave the movies heartless and dull. The scenes don't quite make sense because they leave out so much of the storyline. It happened with the Harry Potter movies, as well as countless others.
The only time I have been pleased with a movie adaptation of a book was with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The characters and scenery were all almost exactly as I had pictured them in my head. Also, Tolkien can be kind of wordy at times, so there was a benefit to condensing the books. Shawshank Redemption was another good one, but that was a short story anyway.
To get to my point, the way I see my stories is like a movie. I see the scenes in my head, and the difficulty I have is in transcribing those scenes into the appropriate words. Am I more suited to creating screenplays than novels? Is this the way most people think, and I just don't realize it? These are the thoughts fluttering through my head as I try to wrap up the rest of my novel. I'm at 32,045, but I am desperately hoping to finish in the next few days. Wish me luck!
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