- but there is a twist-
The actress herself has expressed concerns about the addition to the pot stating that she is [worried she’ll be the “black mark on the film” because of the addition, but continues, “upon reading The Hobbit again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation— especially female characters! The Hobbit didn’t include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really.”]
*quote curtesy of heros&heartbreakers
(Btw- those who think I may be a little cuckoo- this kind of thing happens to me a lot- though movies are not usually the focus.)
So the thought of the day is--Should movie producers/directors /writers alter the classics or any book to movie project and if so how much is too much?
There's more to literature than the few stock stories
So many of the classic stories such as Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, Robin Hood or King Arthur have been made into movies and among those that have been visualized on that plateform have been remade over and over again. However there are so many other stories out there that have never made the rise to the silverscreen. As much as I adore the ones that have made that journey I would love to see new ones take the plunge.
1.What classic books would you like to see portrayed on film that have not had that option yet?
2.What actors would you put in those parts?
Getting kids to read the classics for fun
In today's digitalized world, I have found that getting a child, by child I mean preteen age, to read a classic involves them first asking if there is a movie version. It seems that they prefer to"Preview" the book by watching the film first. I grew up learning to see my own movie in my head as I read the book, painting the picture within my own imagination. Today, at least with the jr. high students age I've known, it is now the other way around. If they liked the movie they get a bit more excited about reading the book.
Which do you think should be introduced first - reading the book or seeing the movie?
Ask your kids? This could be a great dinner conversation?
A tidbit about the greatest producer of classic stories of all time William Sheakespeare
Ben Johnson, in the preface of the First Folio, written by several of Shakespeare’s colleagues and published in 1623, after his death, instinctively predicted the future popularity of this dramatist’s work when he declared “He was not of an age, but for all time.” This statement certainly rang true as William Shakespeare is still, 400 years after his death, the most revered playwright of all time. What is it that made Shakespeare’s work endure the test of time? Listed here are a few points that helped to keep this man’s work on the stage and on the lips of theater practitioners everywhere.
1. Illumination of the Human Experience
Illumination-; noun; a decoration of lights; an act or instance of illuminating; the state of being illuminated; intellectual or spiritual enlightenment; a supply of light. The definition of the word gives several levels of meaning just as Shakespeare sheds light upon the layers of relationships between the people in his plays. Like a magician who mystifies with his tricks, it may look complicated yet it is so simple. His works cover a multitude of life situations and their outcomes. Whether it was a villain to a hero, a lover to a lover or a drunkard to a king; Shakespeare had the ability to summarize human emotions with simple yet exquisite verse.
2. Great stories
Unlike most authors who concentrate the majority of their efforts on one specific genre, Shakespeare’s stories spanned the spectrum of the genre scale. Comedy, tragedy, history, fairy tale, he wrote them all. His stories have become immortal exceeding time and culture as modern storytellers adapt his works turning them into interpretations of the current times. Whether you prefer a play portrayed as originally intended, in full Elizabethan splendor, or as a modern manifestation such as in the BBC Series Shakespeare Retold, where plays like “Much Ado About Nothing” are set around a television news station and its reporters or “Macbeth” within the high class restaurant world. Shakespeare’s stories have an eternal appeal of one kind or another to everyone.
3. Compelling characters
Shakespeare’s characters have continued to dazzle, amaze and endear themselves to actors and theater goers alike for over 400 years. The complexity and emotional pragmatism of his characters, especially his heroes, are unparalleled to any in literature. One can easily find themselves understanding or even comparing their own lives with a character in which ever play they are encountering at the moment. Shakespeare’s characters undoubtedly possess souls of their own.
4. The ability to turn a phrase
No other author in the western world is responsible for writing more quotable passages and elegies than Shakespeare. His plays are quoted more in daily life than most people realize. Several of his most popular passages are; The Seven Ages of Man from “As You Like it”; We Band Of Brother, “Henry V”; Beware the Ides of March, “Julius Cesar”; To Be or Not To Be, “Hamlet”.
In addition to parts of long soliloquies that people often quote; many of today’s everyday language contains momentums of Shakespeare. If you know someone who is cold-blooded or has refused to budge an inch, if you have ever laughed yourself into stitches, seen better days, have been tongue-tied or played fast and loose you have quoted Shakespeare. His phrases, and words for that matter, he invented quite a few, are all around us in daily life. Shakespeare’s talent, brilliance, insight and even his sense of humor has influenced language for centuries. If you spend a day making a conscious effort you will most likely hear at least one quote from a Shakespeare page in everyday conversation.