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Is The Book Always Better Than The Movie? Maybe Not

“Ach, what’s the point in seeing it? The book is always better than the movie!”

While this might be a common refrain for any book-to-movie adaption it’s not always the case. Sometimes, a theme and idea can only be explained well when it’s put into an immediate visual format. Books need a certain understanding of the ideas being discussed to truly get it. for that reason, sometimes the movie can win out over the book.

“Like when!?” I hear you ask. Well, let me explain. Here are some examples of times when the movie might actually outstrip the written version.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Having seen the movie ahead of reading the book, I maybe done this in the wrong order. However, I feel like the movie putting a bit more of a spotlight on McMurphy is important, not least because it allows Jack Nicholson to be at his most outrageous best.

It’s a cracking movie, and the book is still good. I do like the alteration of the angle and dynamic, though, as it does make the perspective more on McMurphy than with Chief.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

While many find that the works of J.K. Rowling work as well on the page as they do the screen, I preferred the screen version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I just found that there was more to it, especially the fact that the movie fleshes out the kind of lack of proper storyline in the original book.

This makes it a bit more of a story than just an additional piece of lore for the Harry Potter universe. It’s very interesting to see some of the famous HP stuff taken on by new characters and locations.

Gone Girl

A controversial one for some, but I think the Gone Girl movie released in 2014 is better than the original novel by Gillian Flynn. The novel is a fine work, but I felt there was more of a race and a pulse setting fear to the movie.

The screen version just adds a bit more to guess and try to work out and around, which always makes it a bit more intriguing in the thriller industry. For me, at least.

To Kill A Mockingbird

As one of the first ‘great’ books I ever read, the book will always hold a place in my heart. However, I feel like the screen adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird might just trump the book. The 1962 film is a wonderful take on the book as it covers it in such a tough, visceral fashion.

The empathy and the power of the story is felt so incredibly well in the movie adaption. It’s a tremendous take on a brilliant book, and might just win over thanks to the amazing works of the likes of Gregory Peck.

There are some other good options out there that you might prefer ahead of the book – what do you think? What would you rather watch than read?

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“Ach, what’s the point in seeing it? The book is always better than the movie!”
While this might be a common refrain for any book-to-movie adaption it’s not always the case. Sometimes, a theme and idea can only be explained well when it’s put into...

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Mega writers who sold over 100 million books

You may often hear that reading is dead these days. It is actually far from that and the best proof are these mega-selling authors.

Legions of readers are standing beside the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is his most famous book. It follows a personal quest of a young Andalusian shepherd. This book is translated into 81 languages and for almost eight years, it was at the top of all bestseller lists. That is almost two cycles of presidential elections.

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Coelho, beside The Alchemist, has more than 30 books. His latest work is The Spy which came out in November 2016. The writer has around 350 million books that were sold. And we are not talking about large and small screens but the old fashion papers filled with ink and made of dead trees. That is not all because Coelho has company.

There is another writer who sold almost 350 million books and that is Stephen King, the horror master, who has more than 50 titles with his name written beside them. Dan Brown also has an astonishing number of readers measured in millions. Just his The Da Vinci Code has sold 80 million copies. A Large amount of King’s End of Watch and John Grisham’s The Whistler are being sold all around the world as we speak.

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Best-selling authors are one, but on the other hand, you have mega-best-selling authors with 100 million copies sold or more. Some of them are Nora Roberts, James Patterson, Ken Follett and Stephenie Meyer. We are living in the time when there can only be more and more of them.

Today, the entertainment is a little different than before. People often don’t choose to go to the movies, watch TV on television or buy CDs to listen to music. Now, everything we watch, listen or read is mostly through our phones, especially younger generations. But, a book will always be a book. A Countless number of them are being bought every day all around the world and not just the books by best-selling authors but also by those who don’t visit the bestseller list.

Rock stars are not the only ones who have fans. Mega-best-selling authors have readers who are at the same time real fans. There are people who are not just reading their books, but also collect and try to have every single title by their favorite writer.

In the favor of books goes that you can buy them almost anywhere, from supermarkets and drugstores to discount warehouses and at the airport beside neck pillows and chewing gums.

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Jamie Raab, president and publisher of Grand Central Publishing, which published The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks, said:” You can’t be a one or two-book wonder. Authors like Sparks tend to attract a lot of readers at the beginning, and then keep them. They give the reader what they like.” Rabb, also imprinted and published Baldacci.

Of course, a story about famous writers can’t go without a Muggle of British wizardry, JK Rowling. She sold over 450 million books and in February 2004, Forbes magazine estimated her fortune to £576 million, making her the wealthiest woman in the United Kingdom leaving even Queen Elizabeth II behind. She is also the second richest female entertainer in the world, with only Oprah Winfrey being ahead of her.

You may often hear that reading is dead these days. It is actually far from that and the best proof are these mega-selling authors.
Legions of readers are standing beside the Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. The Alchemist is his most famous book. It follows a...

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Best Photography Books in 2016

With the year coming to is end, now is a good time to review the best photography books release this year. It wasn’t an easy task to recommend to best ones; there are really so many good books out there. Here are out top 5 books picks for 2016. Enjoy!

Provoke: Between Protest and Performance (Steidl)

This is the detailed overview of the Provoke movement, which unfolded from the protest colored turbulences in Japan, during the late 1960s. Its focus is not just on the famous proto-zine which included disturbing images of photographers like Takuma Nakahiri and Daido Moriyama, together with writers like Takahiki Okada. It’s also about the about the whole social context that carried it all. For anyone who is into Japanese photography and photobook making, this would be the real adventure.

Discordia by Moises Saman and Daria Birang (self-published)

Discordia by Moises Saman is one strange take on photo journalism, a piece which can be placed somewhere between art and reportage. It includes some long sequences of images that go well with the linear narrative of this genre, containing some interesting passages of prose as well. Initiated in the Middle East, this work emerged from the 4 years shooting for Magnum during the Arab spring. The other face of this artwork is the usage of photo-collages made by the co-author Daria Birang, the Dutch-Iranian artist. This mix displays the repetitiveness of street protests, including actions like running away, stone throwing and kicking tear gas canisters, which are isolated. This is the book that explains these modern turbulent times very well.

ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern (MACK)

Gregory Halpern was working on ZZYZX project for 6 years. The part of it was traveling to various locations in California, which he randomly picked, using Google Maps. This project, named after a village in the area of the Mojave desert in San Bernardino County, California, aims to study the sense of unreality that visitors can often find in Los Angeles. Chris Killip, the veteran documentary photographer, shared his thoughts with public, saying that Halpern had significantly fractured “the sanctified cliched reverence” of traditional landscape photography in the United States.

Astres Noirs by Katrin Koennig and Sarker Protick (Chose Commune)

This is a strange visual discourse between two photographers who live and work thousands of kilometers apart but, managing to make one entity together. Sarker Protick is from Bangladesh, while Katrin Koennig lives in Australia, originally from Germany. The common tools of their work is using the mobile phone to explore the sky and the earth, watching stars, light rays, shadows, water falling and small details on the road. The style of these images is grainy and dark, but also luminous at the same time. This is the right thing for those who love collaboration and close observation.

In the Beginning by Diane Arbus (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

This is the catalog of the exhibition at the Met in New York. It is like a chronicle of early years of Diane Arbus, as a wandering street photographer. It displays very well her ability to spot the eccentric and the grotesque. With circus performers from Coney Island and Times Square, she also shows the sadness of the city in these images of passing children and adults.

With the year coming to is end, now is a good time to review the best photography books release this year. It wasn’t an easy task to recommend to best ones; there are really so many good books out there. Here are out top 5 books picks for 2016...