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Words Into Picture's (redux). A Mandate, Of Sorts
by Xavier Jones-Barlow

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A book shop, next to a DVD store. Go figure.

A book shop, next to a DVD store. Go figure.
So, I felt it was time for a re-vamp. This time around I want to explain why, what this means and what I have got in store for you all. Now it should be pretty obvious as to what the general theme of my column will be, from what I have said in the last column, to the whining I have displayed in some of my reviews plus the fact that it clearly says 'book' in the title. That's right, I will be focusing on the relationship between film and literature.

Now let's get one thing perfectly clear, I fully understand that they are two completely different mediums, I am not (that) stupid. It would be folly to judge a film by the book and vise-versa. But, we do. All the time. I don't think it is unfair of me to say that despite the differences, film and literature often find themselves either at odds with each other or calmly walking hand in hand. So first and foremost I want to provide a nugget of perspective. There are reasons why film adaptations can be fundamentally different and I want to explore why and what this means for the people involved; authors, screenwriters, film crews and most

importantly, the audience.

Matchflick is our little corner of the interweb where we share our love of movies, with that in mind I am aware that not everybody likes to read. That's fine, I may be able to offer a little guidance if you want to start, or fill in some gaps if you don't. I will never judge, amongst other things I am trying to provide a service.

I find it very interesting that almost the majority of the films produced are based on some written tome. The source material can come in several different forms, from a plethora of era's. I want to take a closer look at this, examine whether a film made in the 20th century can really represent a story written two hundred, four hundred or even two thousand years ago. Along the way maybe I can uncover and reveal a few gems that you were not aware of.

There are good books and completely rubbish ones. There are good films too and plenty of pants. These four aspects find themselves getting mixed up all over the place, I'm looking forward to inspecting some of the variations and trying to figure out why there are blatant

There has got to be a process. A chain of events that starts with conception of a story to the production of a film, this is something that I intend to delve into, discover stuff and share with you. Should be fun.

I'm in the process of lining up a few interviews, now this will primarily focus on the 'wordy' side of my output but do not fear, it will be presented with the Matchflick experience in mind. (Vaugue much! You bet, just watch this space.)

I will be keeping my ever watchful eye on upcoming releases and giving you guys and gals plenty of advance warning when there is a book that needs to be read before a film is unleashed, for those of you who wish to one step ahead. For those of you who are not that bothered I will make time to backtrack over the decades and pinpointing some of those books that deserve to be read that eventually made it to a screen of some sort.

In addition I have already got a number of straight comparisons. Possibly the simplest and potentially most ubiquitous angle I will come up with; here is the book and this is the film, how do
they compare? Why do they not compare? I will always give you advance warning of the straight comparisons I will do, to give you the opportunity to catch the movie, read the book or both. This way I hope to make my column a little more 'interactive', I will always encourage (bug) you to participate and as always feedback, comments, suggestions and criticism are always appreciated. Matchflick is evolving and I would like to see the brand spanking new forum put to use with regard to this.

This is not the be-all-and-end-all, I have plenty of other ideas and angles but I have to keep something to myself as the rest of the world has a pesky habit of second-guessing me, I would like to at least keep a couple of surprises for you.

And without further waffling I would like to inform you that the next column will be one of the aforementioned comparisons. The book was by Ken Kesey and the film was directed by Milos Forman and is regarded as a classic on both counts. 'ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST' is the focus, so hire the film or read the book, both if you have the time and inclination, you have two weeks.

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Xavier's Book Club
Every other Saturday

Xavier analyses film, literary. A bizarre melding of books and movies.

Other Columns
Other columns by Xavier Jones-Barlow:

My Month As A Teenage Girl

Mr Jones and the Shame of the Spolier Scolls

Fragment: Consider Revising.

Proof Reading The Movies #1

The Cinematic Chicken And The Literary Egg

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Xavier Jones-Barlow
Xavier lives in Scotland where it is very cold. He spends his time writing about live bands and people dreamt up in his bizarre imagination. Quite huggable .

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