Films and books tell the same thing to their audience – stories.
Books tell their stories by creating an imaginative world inside the reader’s mind, letting them see the colours and experiences as they flip through each page. By contrast, films show their audience what to feel by visually spoiling the audience.
These storytelling differences are why many book readers often feel disorientated when they watch film adaptations of their favourite books. The colours that they see; the touch and smells of the adventures in the story; even the portrayal of the protagonist seem vastly different from what they have perceived through their imagination.
The reason behind these differences is quite simple. Often, the screenplay writer film is not the same as the original author. What the audience sees in the film, is what the screenplay writers visualised the book to be, rather than what the writer originally intended.
After all, not everyone sees the same red colour. What might be maroon to some, might be wine-red to others.
On the other hand, viewers and critics feel much more connected to a screenplay adaptation that is written by the original author. The original author knows his story best, and he knows the key scenes that are in the story. He prioritises the feelings and sensations of the character and the motivations that drive the story.
In the end, a writer and a filmmaker may want to tell the same story but use different voices to tell that story. Whether or not the same red colour from the novel appears on screen, can depend on who is writing the script.
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