Is the book always better than the movie? Are there any exceptions?

By eugena On August 31st, 2011

A WordPress Prompt Post — Audience, what do you think?

No. Nothing is ever always better than something else. Usually for those of you who read a book and enjoy it then it is a disappointment to see the movie or television adaptation. It will never be similar enough (some exceptions).

As a writer, technically, I could write anything any way I want. Novels are generally written as they come to me and I edit them. Structure per se is not a necessity.

Movies, however, are an entirely different story. The majority of American scripts are written in a particular formula or structure. There are certain variations and sometimes trend changes. To a certain degree, I have started planning my novels in the same structure as a screenplay, at least for its backbone.

An example in action: Number of Characters

The Age of Merrik: The Anointing has a very large cast. I will be cutting down on that cast in Rise of the New Masters, but will probably be expanding it in Dark Desires since it focuses on the Swordmasters. When I wrote the screenplay adaptation of The Age of Merrik: The Anointing, however, I reduced the number of characters and turned The Four and Miriam into two characters.

Movies and novels are generally different. They usually can be both appreciated. Fans may not like a book’s adaptation. I think the Stardust movie is much more enjoyable than the book.

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Name Formatting in The Age of Merrik

By eugena On February 11th, 2011

In The Anointing, “Zaedrif” and others are spelled with a joined “ae.”  Beldare is “Beldare'” and Serafin has an accent over the “i”.  Although these will be kept in the novels, for ease of accessibility use, my websites, including the wikis will not include these spellings.  Characters will be listed in their simplified letter form.

“Sword masters” are used in The Anointing and The Screenplay Adaptation.  Other works list them as “Swordmasters”.

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