Part 2 Media Medium Analysis

No this isn’t the MMA you are looking for- Spock probably, in Mordor.


Now this analysis will jump around quite a bit but the central ideas that animated it will remain intact. Basically  I want to help people understand why the different ways of telling stories do have fundamental differences that make the transition between them dodgy at best. The structure and method of conveying the story change and therefore you can expect the story to be adapted to best fit the new medium. The most famous truism of book lovers is that the book is always better than the movie. This is often true but it is only true because the book isn’t relying to both visual and audio stimulation to get across the story. The story only requires your eyes or fingers if you are blind, and the imagination does the rest. Pretty much our own subjective interpretation of our favorite novel will always be different then the on screen adaptation. This is why, there are devoted fans who will never be satisfied. However, another thing that effects subjectivity is the order in which you observe your story in two different mediums. If you see a movie before you read the book it changes the perspective a bit. This is also true about comic books. For instance, the notoriously bad Green Lantern movie was hated by critics and comic fans. I liked it though and it is partially my own fault because it was my first introduction to the lantern mythos. However, I also put it to you that I, am often much more okay with lackluster products than other people. I enjoyed bad movies and can agree with criticism and accept other people’s barbs while not letting it effect me. I also saw the Fellowship of the Ring on the big screen before  I read it. Now  I did finish the trilogy before the two other movies came out but the fellowship of the ring was a movie I liked better than the book. Call me lame if you want but the order changed my perspective. I imagine, the books were far more effective if you read them first because of the style of the writer and the passion of the readers. However, I do make it a point to read the book before the movie whenever I can. Not because I am stubbornly against liking the movie better than the book, but because I like to compare. As I have gotten older I have gotten more understanding about the difficulty in the adaptation. For instance, I hated the on screen adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. For me the book was one of my favorites but the parts of it that  I resented not being in the movie were not actually related to the main plot. They were side fluff that I enjoyed for world-building and I understand that the directors had to make choices. The books vary in length and if they attempted to give into fan demands the movies would be terribly long and convuluted. But let’s start with the actual analysis.

Novel vs Short stories

When telling a compelling narrative it is important to have a basic idea of the structure of the story. However, the length of the work is something that changes the structure a great deal. I know that might seem like common sense but it even changes the writing process. For example, people who write shorter stories can actually flex their creative muscles a bit more often in shorter periods of time. It also gives them flexibility of theme, character development and genre. The longer story or novel is supposed to be a self-contained story but it is meant to enrapture the reader and take them on a journey. The pacing matters more when you write a novel because it makes or break your reader’s enjoyment. The novel also increases the ability to create new locations and even create colorful arcs for your protagonists. The more time given, the better you can create a connection to the character. The short story is meant to be self-contained and is more thematic and blunt. It can be subtle too, but a short story has to be concise and structured perfectly in order to be successful in it’s shorter duration. The flexibility in creativity from story to story actually condenses the freedom in the individual stories themselves. Sometimes a short story can include reoccuring characters if the author wants and Sherlock Holmes is a good example of one. The short stories as a whole are able to create a connection to a reoccuring protagonist. The short story may allow an author to try other genres and work with other writers. The ability to create a connection with protagonists is not as important in a short story but the cohesiveness and immersion is just as important. The ability of an author to capture their reader’s attention is super important.

To be continued

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