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Book vs. Movie

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    12731

  • When is the book better than the movie? 

    Movies and books go together like, well, like salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, zombies and brains, green eggs and ham! They're different but complementary, and can expand the storytelling, the author's vision, and the audience.

    Comparing films and books is just right to get children (and adults) thinking critically. Does the film adaptation stay true to the book? What is gained or lost in the translation from book to film? Does the filmmaker see the characters as you — the reader/viewer — imagined them?

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