Sunday, June 17, 2007

As the goat said

Great piece at Bookforum on the experience of seeing ones book made into a film.
Michael Tolkin and Elmore Leonard probably know as much as anyone on the process, but for my money the best line comes from Tim Krabbe, loved by cyclists everywhere.
"If you liked the book, don’t see the film. Why let the images that the words stirred up be overruled by some director? No matter how painstakingly a writer describes his heroine, each reader sees her differently. But on the screen, everybody sees Sandra Bullock. As the goat said after it had eaten a few reels of film, “I like the book better.” The book is always better—but why? Perhaps because films cost more and must cater to a wider audience."
Truer words were never spoken.

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