Posted by Ann on June 30, 1997 at 01:08:13:
In reply to Re: Definition of polarity posted by Kathy F. on June 29, 1997 at 11:20:18
] My main problem with Emma2 is the apparent desire to use so many lines not from the novel.... The result then was laughable. I couldn't even recognize any of it. PLEASE NOTE: I am not saying that there were no book lines from Emma2, just compared to Emma3 very few.
The movies are not dramatic readings of the novel! They are interpreted by the filmakers as they are transfered from one medium to another. It is next to impossible to make a perfectly textually accurate version of a book into a movie and still have it work well as a movie. They are two different mediums requiring different approaches. The biggest difference is the time involved. When you have to shorten the book into something which only takes 2 hours to see, things from the book must change. Choices must be made between what to include and what to exclude.
Emma T's S&S was the perfect example. It had little of the text in it, but it was an excellent adaptation of the novel none the less. It captured the spirit and the meaning of the book, even though much of it was the creation of Thompson. Emma2 does the same thing. I think it captures the flavor of the text very well, but Emma3 less so. Just because Emma3 uses more of the text, does not mean to me that it must be better.
If I want a textually accurate version, I'll read the book! That's the best version anyway.