Compare and Contrast Reading a Book and Watching a Film. with References to “Touching the Void” and Another Book.

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Compare and contrast reading a book and watching a film. With references to “touching the void” and another book. Books and movies have similarities and differences. When we read a book we create a visual image in our heads, whereas when we watch a movie the image is already created. In “touching the void” and “my sisters keeper” the written story differs from the film in many different aspects. Books are more descriptive, they need to be so you can understand their feelings, emotions, their expressions and where they are. Whereas in movies the picture is what is used to tell the story. You use your imagination when reading a book, there is only the description used in the text which allows you to create an image in your head of what the characters look like and their facial expressions. When watching a movie you see what the director wants you to see, and you hear the voices through the actor’s interpretation of their lines, in books you determine what the character look like and sound like. You can also relate to the characters in your own mind. Whereas in movies the picture is what is used to tell the story, the actors use the description of the characters emotions and reflect it onto their facial expression and body position. Books are more detailed; when a movie is produced they have to cut bits out of the book to make the film last the wanted time. In “my sister’s keeper” by Jodie Pickolt, the movie removes parts of the book including the relationship between the lawyer and the guardian, which added another dimension to the book. Movies are less time consuming, films take around 2hrs to watch and get most of the story fitted into that time. While books can take days maybe weeks to read, and during the times you are not reading the book you can forget what happened last time you read it and end up rereading the same part over and over. Movies are far more visually appealing; in “touching the Void” I felt that you got the full effect of what was happening...
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