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Cross Media Productions


I recently saw Hunger Games in theaters. My review of it was that it was good, and my main complaints is the had a lot of the camera annoyances like a shaky shots and zooming in close during fight scenes so it was difficult to tell what was going on and the alterations that are necessary for any book that is turned into a movie. This brings me to the title of this post. I’m not really sure I used it right, but what i am referring to is when a something is remade in another form of media, in this case, a book made into a movie. As was the case here and is usually the case, the movie wasn’t as good as the book. The only time this wasn’t the case was Forrest Gump; then again the movie and and the book were barely related. They had the same characters, and many of the same events, but the book was more of a Comedy with Forrest being an Idiot Savant, and the movie was more of a Drama, with Forrest being an idiot with a heart of gold.

In the case of Hunger Games there wasn’t really much changed from the book to movie, just little things like a relatively insignificant character removed, and other events changed in small ways that didn’t change the overall story. Some things were added, but were necessary. Things that were going on and needed to be shown, because the book is written in first person from the perspective of Katnis and there was a lot of explaining that only happened inside of her head.

This always seems to be the case when a book is made into a movie There is always a lot that is left out, and quite a bit that is outright changed. This is obvious because it needs to appeal to the new audiences that the new media appeals to, not just the original fans, although those are often who they actually lose with the change. It’s what happened with the Batman movies the Transformer movies, the later X-Men and quite a few other Marvel movies (Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Elektra. etc.) . People new to them that didn’t actually know anything of the source material enjoyed them – for the most part – but the original fans hated the movies for how much they changed. This part was actually a bit odd for me, because, Transformers was an Anime, something that should easily be transferred to a movie, and comic books which many nowadays are extremely episodic, but i guess it just goes back to appealing to a larger audience and not just to the herd of nerds that like the original stuff.

Another cross media creation that has cropped up is Book series being made into TV shows. My first experience with this is the making of Dreden Files into a TV show, that only lasted the one season and Legend of the Seeker, which i think lasted two or three. Both of these were changed drastically from their source material, but mostly necessarily, because to be true to the source material, a great deal of it would not have been appropriate for television, which is why i think Game of Thrones is doing so well because they can stay true to their violent and sexual source material.

The last worth mentioning is that games based off of movies are almost always terrible. This actually has a better excuse because games based off movies are usually made while the movie is being made and while it has very little to go on with what happens in the movie – something that often changes while the film is being made – games usually need a lot more time then a movie to be good, and yet they are still expected to come outbefore the movie to build the hype. Of course they’re going to suck, they don’t have the information to be accurate or the time to to be good.

Recently, Games have started to be made into movies, but not to much of a positive effect. For instance the Resident Evil movie didn’t touch well with most of the original fans of RE, but i hadn’t played any of the games when i saw the first movie and i actually enjoyed it. What they did that annoyed people is to take the basic story of the first game, and re imagine it with original characters and altered environments and events. This I actually think was a good idea, at least for this media. They kept most of the basic things: Umbrella, S.T.A.R.S., and Zombies, and made something that would actually appeal to a wider audience, and probubly got more people wanting to play the games, I know I did. The reason i didn’t want to play the original games was becuase I really wasn’t into the horror genre, but seeing that it had a great deal of action, i was interested, and have actually enjoyed the RE games i have played through: RE4 and 5.

Thing is, Movies made into games, Games made into Movies, Books made into Movies, Movies made into Books (something that i have never really delved into myself honestly) and other cross media are never going to be the same, nor should they. There are things that need to be left out, altered, and added in because they just don’t fit. A movie to game can’t be the same because a gamer should be in control of the outcome, a book to movie can’t be the same because an over-present narrator is just annoying. The best thing to realize is that things will change in the new product, but you shouldn’t let the reflect on the source material or the media as a whole, i.e. I didn’t like The Eragon or Percy Jackson movies, but i liked the concept behind them so I assumed that the books were (and having read them can say they are) better then the movies.

Netflix vs. Blockbuster


Well, it happened a while ago, but I’m only now feeling the desire to write about it. As a direct result of the Blockbuster bankruptcy the Blockbuster that i worked at went out of business, then then the one that i got relocated to closed. After this happened, i got really annoyed and cancelled my subscription to blockbuster online and out of spite, and the desire to still get movies/tv shows, i started a subscription to Netflix. I have since come to believe that Netflix is really better…and here is why.

1.) It’s cheaper. I didn’t really notice before because i was getting all of my rentals for free, but the I’m only spending about 8 bucks a month to get something that would have cost a great deal more though blockbuster. Either the buck a day per movie through the store, or 15 bucks a month through the online are both more expensive.

2.) It’s more convenient. I really really really really like the streaming, especially the way I can have it both through my computer and PS3.  The only way you could come close to streaming with blockbuster is on demand, which also means paying for each of them. There is also instant access to all these movies and shows with no need to wait for them to come in the mail or wait in line for newer or more obscure items. You also don’t risk receiving the incorrect or a damaged disc which happened to me more then once, and to plenty of other customers. Yes they do allow you to report it and after the report the immediately send the correct disc…if they have it, but the inconvenience is still there.

The only negative thing i can say about it is that there are a lot of popular and newer shows and movies that they don’t offer, but the inexpensiveness, and convenience far outweigh this disadvantage. even though the selection is limited I have been able to find a lot of things i have wanted to watch, which is mostly TV shows, and anime….which i suppose could be considered TV shows, but most the ones i watch didn’t air in the US. In fact I am currently watching SNL 2000s, specifically S34: E11 with Hugh Laurie as the host (the second time), did you know he is British? because i didn’t until the first time i watched this episode when it first aired Christmas season of 2008.

Now, before i went with Netflix i considered Hulu, but i can use it for free, and it has this weird tendency of messing up the image on my computer if i watch it fullscreen for to long, and i didn’t want to start paying for it if that was going to happen.

Conclusion: Blockbuster: BOOOOO! you deserve to go outta business if you don’t change you ways, and Netflix: YAYYYYYY!!! puh-lees don’t go away. and Hulu: I like your free stuff.