Thursday, March 24, 2005

From Page to Screen

1.) I just want to take some time to talk a little more about the Harry Potter book. I believe that this is one of the greatest novels in previous years. I know there has been better literary structured novels or more sophisticated works but in succeeding in its purpose, Harry Potter takes the cake. The main goal of the Harry Potter series was to relate to the mainstream audience, and as evidenced over the past few years it has succeeded past anyone’s wildest dreams. One of the key components was the novel's uncanny ability to stoke the flames of imagination. It causes the mind to delve into the world of fantasy and to sculpt its own magical reality. This one feat has caused millions of fans to flock to the shelves upon the distribution of a new book in the series. The Harry Potter novel, in my opinion, is one of the greatest literary successes in recent years because of its unique ability to enhance the audience’s imagination.

2.) How does a fantasy movie compare to its base novel has been one of the most prevalent judges of a film. In general, especially with fantasy movies, the film never ascertains the same successful status as the novel. The book allows for the reader’s imagination to shape the fantasy reality in a way that is most gratifying to the specific individual. Fantasy films, on the other hand, severely restrict the ability of the audience to transform the story into their own fantasy reality. Fantasy novels in general will be more entertaining then films because they allow the audience to experience them in their own individual way.

Another reason why fantasy films are substandard in comparison to their base novel is because the movie cuts out many parts of the story line. The movie "Harry Potter and The prisoner of Azkaban" omitted many crucial details of the original novel plots. These included classic confrontations with Snape and Hermione’s magical disappearances. The greatest loss from the transfusion of a book to the movie is the atmosphere of the setting. For example, in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", the novel spends a good third of its story presenting everyday interactions in the castle that build up to the final climax. The movie was unable to implement this literary tool because of the restriction of time for the film. A fantasy movie will always fall short of its preceding novel because it can not be individually perceived and also because of its exclusion of many aspects of the plot.

Novels, historically, have provided a great source of imaginative escape for the reader. In twenty first century society however the majority of the population has become fixated on visuals such as TV and cinemas. Has the mass production of screen visuals taken away from the imagination? The first answer to this question is yes. Since the fixation of visual productions has occurred the amount of literary experience for a person has decreased and consequently so has the use of the imagination. Though visual productions have taken away from the amount of time allotted to the imagination, it does not negate the effects of a fantasy novel. Visual productions also can be beneficial to the imagination employed in fantasy novels. The visuals that are experienced on a daily basis fine tune the imaginative capabilities of a reader. The present fixation on visual presentations decreases the amount of time an individual can delve into the imaginary realm however it also sharpens the minds visual capabilities.

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