Sunday, December 09, 2007

Books and films ...

... or, Books, films, chalk and cheese.

I think that short stories make better movies than novels. Case in point: John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King, which I think is well-nigh perfect. Novellas do well also. The longer the work, the more the film becomes a Cliffs Notes version of the original. If filmmakers would realize this, they could help spur interest in shorter fiction, which is often better fiction.


  1. Huston's The Dead is also a fine example. Joyceans can grumble about this and this but I thought it was a wonderfully atmospheric and sensitive adaptation.

  2. I completely agree, Neil. A wonderful film.