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Should books be adapted into movies? Show more Show less
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We’ve seen many of our favourite stories rise to the silver screen. From childhood favourites like Harry Potter to remakes of classics like Little Women, many books have been adapted into screenplays and made into movies. The big dilemma: read the book, or watch the movie? Should the movie adaptation even exist at all?

Books and movies are incomparable Show more Show less

Movie adaptations merely take inspiration from books and transform them into new works of art, so they should not be compared at all.
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The criteria by which movies and books are judged are different

What makes a movie good is not dependent on the screenplay alone.
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The Argument

A movie's quality is judged by how cinematography, acting, props, costuming and other film-specific elements are handled. Screenplay, though seeming to be the part of the movie that reflects the book most reliably, does not equal to the book manuscript. The format of a script is different, and focuses on dialogue. A book is more descriptive, and narrates details about the characters and setting besides the dialogue. A book can be good but have a terrible movie made out of it, and vice versa. Thus a book should not be judged from whether the movie adaptation was good or not, and a movie adaptation cannot act as an indicator for how good the book is either.

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Premises

[P1] A movie is judged by a criteria that would not apply to books. [P2] Movie screenplays are fundamentally different to book manuscripts.

Rejecting the premises

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