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September 2018

Reeling: large and small screens for read, watch and play


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This month’s theme is #reelread

One of the great debates in reading is around the idea of ‘Literature’ vs ‘Fiction’. Another great debate is the idea of the need to ‘Read the book first ’ or ‘See the adaptation first’? Of course, there are no hard and fast rules. Some works take so long to make the transition from page to screen that readers just cannot wait. Some works are never reimagined from a text for film or television. In some cases, the film comes first, the book released as part of a suite of merchandising to market a movie.

If you have a choice – if both the book and the reel are available – what do you do? Do you always make the same decision?

What are some of your examples of ‘Love the book, didn’t like the film’ or ‘Love the film, didn’t like the book’? Is it okay to say that the Stephen King’s It is better as a book than a film? Is it okay to say that Peter Benchley’s Jaws is a better film than a book?

What does the screen bring to a story experience that a book cannot deliver? There is the soundtrack, the visual effects, the speed in which a film can be consumed. What do you think is most important?

Are some genres better on screen? Are there some books that should never be adapted?

Join in, for what could be one of the most controversial reading group discussions of 2018!

What are your favourite reel related reads? Any films or games? What are the blogs, twitter streams or magazines you read for, what have you watched (or watched again) for #reelread? Are there any apps which form part of your #reelread environment?

There will be a twitter discussion on 25 September starting at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. 8am – 10.30am, GMT. Note: This is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags #reelread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of #reelread, so others can join in the conversation too.

You can add your pins to this board on Pinterest (once you follow it and we add you as a pinner) for #reelread too. Please use #rwpchat in the text of items which you pin.

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