It’s not that I think film is better. It’s not. There is just no way any movie could live up to the experience of imagining a story for yourself. That’s what makes reading a book so goddamned special – it’s a personalized experience. The author gives you a DIY kit to create a new world in your head.
Movies do well to repackage older stories for a new generation. I wonder how many people have gone on to read LOTR, the Cider House Rules, The Shining, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, etc. because they saw the movie. And sure, the imaginative experience might be diluted by having seen actor play the character first, but at least the stories are being read by a new generation.
Anyways, this little riff started because I saw the new trailer to The Little Prince – one of those special books that needs to be enjoyed by future generations. If the kids of tomorrow need to be lead there by way of an animated movie, so be.
Hell, maybe it will even mean someone figuring out how to pronounce Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s name correctly.
“Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…” “It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.” ~The Little Prince