Jul. 1st, 2011

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I don't like to watch movies based on books unless I

1) haven't read the story the film is based on beforehand;

2) didn't like the story the film was based on, in which case any changes made can only be improvements;

3) know the movie's based on a short story, so most of what's onscreen is going to be new and original material anyway.

This doesn't mean I don't like movies in general, just that movies and books do different things: movies do exterior things really well -- splitsecond gestures, visuals, and the like -- while books do interior things like thoughts and memories and voiceover infodumps. Losing the interior life in translation... really bothers me, and it's something no amount of wowsome exterior stuff can make up for (which is odd, because I'm all for exterior versus interior in most other things).

And now for something completely different: The creator of 14 Nights just posted a Yiddish version of the song Nikita ended the last chapter with. Very beautiful melody, too tragic lyrics -- think Little Match Girl meets Grave of the Fireflies. Yeah, that grim and more.

Papirossen, performed by The Train

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