Is a Screen Version Always Better than a Book?

Are screen version of the famous books always worse than the original issues? First of all let us state that plays are designed especially to be performed on the stage. And the playwright takes into account that his play would be performed by various actors so he needs to put all the meaning into the phrases of the characters. Otherwise he is allowed to make some stage directions, for example “Anna steps into the kitchen holding a cat in her arms”. Though the protagonist may always ask what for does Anna carry a cat and the necessity of the stage direction will be diminished.

Fiction generally consists not only of dialogues but also contains the passages describing the evaluation of the events depicted by the author himself. A good narration contains more sense than the events being shown on the screen. The text may contain the reasoning of the author, the peculiarities of his or her writing manner, the attitude of the author to the depicted characters and a lot of other important aspects of a good book. The screen version of the story loses the charm of reading as it shows the viewers only the basis of the plot. The protagonist usually comes to a certain place, sees the antagonist and defeats him.

The main thing which is the communication of the author with the reader has vanished. Moreover there are some number of stories and novels that can’t be reproduced in the form of a film or a play. The images of the characters being seen by the reader are individual and the actors may either destroy them or create a stereotype. The people who have seen the film and later read a book may develop a stereotype “Character N is equal to Actor X”. The actors also often complain about being associated with a certain part.

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