Thursday, July 29, 2010

Famous books

Never judge a book by its movie. J.W. Eagan

In the past years I noticed that I as well as a huge number of people seem to become obsessed with series book. First it started off with The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Lately there seems to be another rush for the The Twilight Saga and The Millenium Trilogy. I'm sure that there are other series of books which were famous before these set.

All these books have been converted into Holywood movies, or are in the process to be converted into one. When a book becomes a movie, it does become more popular. So many people never get to read as a hobby. They're missing so much!  I must admit that I never managed to muster reading The Lord of the Rings completely. The English used in the books was too difficult to process as bedtime reading! And somehow most of my reading is done at bedtime.

Most of the time these movies leave out certain details that are present in the books, due to time limitations or just because certain scenes just won't look good on video. This is a pity but nonetheless I love reading the books and then watching the movie. I can then spot any changes or understand nuances that are not very clear in the movies.

So what is it that makes masses of people getting so into such movies and books? Is it because the length of such series' makes you feel as if you really know the characters.  Why did these books become so famous while others haven't? What makes them so special? Some of these books aren't the most ingeniously written books but somehow they manage to burrow you into the story for hours on end.
The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.  James Bryce

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