Analysis Of The Movie ' The Shining ' Essay

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The Shining

Every other movie today seems to be taken from a novel. This is not necessarily terrible, but there are a few guidelines when it comes to converting a novel into film. The most important aspect is keeping the theme intact. Theme is the large and small ideas which help explain the actions and events in a work of literature or film. This can be accomplished through the use of characters and their relationships with others or their own morals and values. It has been said it is perfectly acceptable to change the plot of a novel, but cannot violate the theme or tone. Ultimately, the theme and tone are what the reader or viewer takes away from the work. Movies are not just watched for their entertainment, but also to relate to and learn from. Of course, not all film adaptations are done well. Arguably, one of the “so-called” greatest Stephen King horror films is The Shining starring Jack Nicholson. Stanley Kubrick 's film, although full of iconic scenes and quotes, is not a worthy adaptation of Stephen King 's novel. One of the hardest aspects of changing a work of literature to a film is the reader 's expectations. The reader expects to feel the same way he or she did when reading the literature. It is very difficult to keep everything exactly the same because inevitably, film and literature are two very different ways to portray stories. It is similar to comparing an oil painting to a statue. There is also too much content in a novel to have it all put into a…

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