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Why Do Movies Differ So Much From Books They Are Based On?

ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

 

Avid readers tend to despise films based on the novels they read.  What’s the reason?  They believe that the film doesn’t follow the story line in the book the way it should.  So, just why are films so different from books?

After learning screenwriting myself, I now know the answer to this puzzling question and I will try to answer it the best way that I can.  For starters, most people aren’t novel readers.  So, the details that work in a book won’t necessarily work on the big screen because most people will become bored with the details.  Most people want the point to be made as quickly as possible and they want to be thrilled by what they are watching.  This is one major reason why movies differ so much from the books on which they are based.

Another major reason is that screenplays — which are the driving force of any film — are a different beast from novels.  Fiction books can include extensive narrative information but screenplays should not — there simply isn’t enough time to do so.  A film is generally 120 minutes long which equates to one page each of a screenplay.  This is about half or even a quarter of the pages of most novels written.  So, screenwriters are under the pressure to fit everything into a small space.  Not only this, film is dialogue, action and conflict and each scene should be filled with plenty of it; otherwise, people get bored with the movie and leave the theater or turn the television off.  So a screenwriters task is not only to work within the confines of a tight space but also must play up the most interesting and critical scenes from a novel.

So, yes fellow novel readers, some of our favorite scenes in the book just may not make the cut in the screenplay because they may not come across on screen as fantastically as they do in the book.  Or, the budget for some of these novel scenes just isn’t available for film scenes.  Keep in mind that films are expensive projects and one extra minute of action may be costly.

“Trim the fat and get to the meat” is the name of the game when it comes to movies so try to be cognizant of this the next time you judge a film based on a novel.

 

 

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Book Review From a Historian’s Perspective – The Testament of Solomon

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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Paranormal Romance Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian

Everyone is familiar with the Song of Songs in the Bible; however, The Testament of Solomon is a little more obscure.  It is considered a non-canonized version of Solomon’s life and it covers the topic of Solomon’s magic more extensively than the scriptures do.

Is this person an authority on the subject?

The version of the book I read was translated by F.C. Conybeare but it is ascribed to King Solomon, son of David.  Since it was supposedly written by King Solomon himself, the author is definitely an authority on the subject.

What do peers think of this body of work?

This book is not a part of the Old Testament but is associated with with that period.  It was not included in the canon but it does give insight into Solomon’s life outside of what’s included in the Song of Songs in the Old Testament.  The Testament of Solomon was not canonized as a religious text so I believe it is left to assume that this body of work is not really taken seriously, at least from a religious standpoint.

Does the writer remain objective?

The entire book is subjective.

Are the writer’s sources reliable?

There are no resources since this book is attributed to King Solomon – allegedly his own words.

Overall Impression of the Book

This book is a simple tale that is probably not as interesting as Biblical or Koranic interpretations of the life of King Solomon.  However, it does seem to be the only source of insight into how the Temple was built – allegedly by the demons Solomon controlled using his ring known as the seal, or Pentalpha.  The book even includes a confession by King Solomon about his fall from grace from the Lord of Israel due to his involvement with women who practiced idol worship.

The Testament of Solomon was a quick and easy read but I get the impression that the book has no authority whatsoever.  I’ll admit that this would have been a good book to read when I wrote my first book, The Vital Sacrifice, because it delves deeper into the mystical and magical aspects of Solomon’s life that are rarely seen in religious texts.  But, outside of exploring magic, this piece of work is not something that I would recommend as a serious work to study.

 

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