Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Off topic

Sorry for the late post—I wasn’t sure what to post earlier and opted for a late post rather than a complete BS one. I loved everyone’s blogs about Omar. He’s definitely one of my favorite characters as well.

Anyways, I was trying to figure out what to write about tonight and after a while I began to think on the literary aspect of the show; how it’s filmed like a book rather than a regular television show. Sure it’s slow at the beginning. (I was on looking for inspiration and came across this Q and A in which a person asked if the show was going to get interesting, because after 3 episodes it seemed to be slow) But I have to admit, by about the 4th or 5th episode I was hooked. I think this has to do with the fact that it required patience on my part, so in the end I was that much more invested in it. When it comes to books I feel the same way—the ones that stay with me are the books that take time and patience to get through. I know I use this example all the time, but take Harry Potter: It takes about 100 pages to get really interesting, yet somehow it is read by millions of children around the world. So then I started thinking about movies that were based on books. Why is it that most of the time, movies that are based on books are horrible? It seems like it should be easy to make popular books into great movies, since they are already laid out chapter by chapter. I can’t think of a single time in which I thought a movie did a book justice. Looking at The Wire, I now know why—they don’t take the time to pay attention to each detail. I understand that it’s impossible to include everything in a 2 hour movie. But maybe, if instead of movies, these books were made into television series similar to The Wire, then it would be possible to take a book and put it on the television screen without completely butchering its beauty.

Sorry this blog is really off topic!

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