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Guest Post: The Great Cinematic Circle

Posted December 22, 2011 by Max in Featured

We roll on to Day three of this week’s guest post. Just because Impassionedcinema is on Vacation, doesn’t mean quality editorials have to stop. Today we have Terrence Faulkner from Scarletsp1der’s Blog sharing his thoughts on books to film and visa-versa.

“Movies will rot your brain! Go read a book!”

Ha! I think we’ve all experienced having a parental figure say this to us at some point in time! (Being that it is the holiday season currently, I can only imagine it being said by the parents in the classic yuletide movie A Christmas Story very much in the manner of that famous line: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”)

It is always nice when originality invades the territory of the sequelized soundstages of Hollywood (i.e. 2010’s Inception, 1999’s The Matrix, 1999’s The Sixth Sense), but the majority of the films we love and hold dear are nothing short of film adaptations of a book that was written at some point in time! It is all a part of a very interesting cycle which I like to call “The Great Cinematic Circle!”

Take a look at some of the movies that originally hail from the land of author, pen, and paper:

  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Harry Potter
  • Star Wars
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Twilight Saga
  • The Notebook
  • Eat Pray Love
  • Hugo
  • John Carter
  • The Planet of the Apes
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Black Stallion
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Dr. Doolittle
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Forrest Gump
  • The Hobbit
  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians
  • Cruel Intentions
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Hunger Games (upcoming)
  • and many, many more!!

While this is nothing new, what I find interesting is that the majority of these films have done nothing short of drive people to go to the original source! Who would’ve thought that movies might actually help develop brains?! While the deeply rooted belief that movies will rot your brains may still hold some credibility (especially if you’re watching horrific mind-numbing content such as Final Destination#257Son of Mask, or Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star), it is interesting to note that many of the above listed films did nothing short of boost sales of the books on which they were based!

Hundreds upon hundreds (sometimes thousands and millions) of fans of movies based on books, flock continually to bookstores (or their eReader-versioned store) in order to read the original content and context of one of their favorite films! Consequently, hours have been spent full of mind-engagement and imagination!

Several books saw half (if not the majority) of their sales take place in the same year as the release of the film. Dear JohnJulie and JuliaEat Pray Love, and True Grit are just a few small examples of books that received exponential increased sales as a direct result of the film being released. (Dear John did 1 million of its total 2.4 million unit sales during the year of the film’s release!) Need I go into some of the stats on how much growth book sales have had for the likes of Star WarsChronicles of NarniaHarry Potter or Twilight?

You can barely go anywhere and not see one of these books being read- the subway, the breakroom at work, the beauty salon, the doctor’s office (where the receptionist ignores you with her head buried in the book!), your best friend’s house, even furniture stores have these books on the coffee tables they are selling to help promote sales! You get the point!

Do movies truly rot your brains? It would seem that they instead stimulate it more -most of them anyways- by creating even more interest in the story causing thousands to resort to picking up the book and delving deeper into the world that was briefly created for them for 90-180 minutes, thus making it last even longer!

Interesting fun tidbits of information to realize! It’s The Great Cinematic Circle! Books lead to Movies which lead to Books which lead to Movies (sequels) and so on and so forth! It is possible that what we’ve been told for decades is not true! Movies (quality ones anyways) may in fact NOT rot your brains! 😀 So, the next time someone tells you that they do, you tell them this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpmIBJ_MKas hahaha!

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

-T. Faulkner

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Max

Chief Editor of Impassionedcinema. A film enthusiast who studies and creates his own films. Criticizing movies is his favorite pass-time.