Stories are all around us. As human beings, we have a tendency to pick out stories from random bits of information, and join them together into a coherent whole. We like to hear stories that are interesting, scary, romantic, horrible, funny, random, cute, devious, hilarious, hopeful, frightening. Movies play to our general curiosity, taking us away for a few hours, whereas books often take more time to read.
Being a movie fan, there have been many instances where I have decided to forgo reading the book on which a movie is based because I like the movie too much or because the book is too long! I have been told, as I'm sure some of you can relate, that the books are always better. So, I ask you, what are we to do? Should we simply watch a classroom movie and discuss? Should we read the book first? How would we pick a book or movie that interested everyone?
The final project will be a paper that discusses the similarities and differences between the movie and the book, and your own thoughts on what was changed and if you liked the changes. Later, this will be presented to the class, and you will elaborate and discuss what you might have done differently if you had adapted the book.
So, what do we think? Does this sound like a fun idea for a project?