Adaptations – If the Book is Always Better, Why Bother?

It’s the clarion cry we all hear (or say) as we’re leaving the theater. “The book was better,” “Oh, well, in the comics this character…” and “What did that even have to do with the game?” It’s all summed up by the old adage: “The book is always better”.


Just a small budget adaptation of a little-known book

Of course, it’s not so simple as all that, otherwise we wouldn’t live in an age where almost all successful movies are adaptations of something. I pulled up this list of movies adapted from books (just books, not comics or anything else) coming out this year alone, and there were thirty-five of the damn things.

So why are adaptations so prevalent? Well, money, obviously, but there’s more to it than that. I would like to take a moment to delve into what makes an adaptation good, where they tend to fall flat, and why certain things work better than others. Not necessarily in that order.

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Endings – Musings and a Top Ten

Greetings and welcome, readers, to my blog dedicated to my thoughts, musings, pondering, and other pretentious synonyms, regarding the art of storytelling.

After giving much thought to the subject, I decided to start my discussions with endings. Whether this is some sort of artistic statement or an act of obtrusive contrarianism on my part is for you, dear readers, to decide, but either way, this is a subject that’s been on my mind a lot lately.


The final shot of Casablanca

Whether it be book, film, game, or music, endings stick with you, for better or worse. The best endings leave an audience with a bittersweet feeling, a mix of satisfaction and loss. Conversely, the worst endings can make people flock to internet forums where they send death-threats to writers, or anyone with the audacity to say it wasn’t that bad. I wish I were joking, but we both know I’m not.


With that said, here’s my top ten best endings in storytelling (at time of writing), with no distinction made for medium or genre:

(While I will try to keep spoilers to a minimum, we ARE talking about endings, so proceed with caution)

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