The Book Or The Film?


Way back in 1987 I was one of the people who enjoyed the film, “The Name Of The Rose”. I hadn’t read the book, but that made the ending more enjoyable.

Sean Connery as monk and the young Hollywood heart-throb of the time, Christian Slater played his young charge. The film was evocative, exciting and a little bit different.

Fast forward to 2018 and I decided to read the book by Umberto Eco. The memories of the film were blurry enough and I fancied reading something a little bit different.

As the chapters went by my mind was conjuring up a completely different vision of the two main characters. There was also so much more historical detail and nuances in the book.

Which begs the age-old question…is the book always better than the film? Well, mostly yes!

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

The one exception in my view is “Jaws”. An incredible film, but a rather mediocre book.

Apart from that, the book always seems to be better. There’s no more assured director than your own imagination. Words can convey so much more than a panning shot, a tense scene or a dangerous exchange. Don’t get me wrong, I adore films, but they always seem to come in second place to words.

We may not be looking for Umberto Eco, but we’re all about fiction and if you need a bit of a nudge, why not visit our Story Starters?  There are no pictures of Sean Connery or sharks though!

Tracey Steel

Having worked on a number of magazines over the years, Tracey has found her perfect place on The Friend as she’s obsessed with reading and never goes anywhere without a book! She reads all the PF stories with a mug of tea close by and usually a bit of strong cheese too!

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