The Day the World Could End in a Book Essay

1606 Words Nov 18th, 2012 7 Pages
“The day the world could end…in a book”
HUMA 1780
Jasarat Ali Bhat
The source text for this proposed adaptation is the recently released Hollywood action/adventure movie, 2012. This movie's plot is rather simple: As presumed by the Mayan Civilization in the past, a unique alignment of our solar system's planets on December 21st, 2012 will bear catastrophic effects within the earth's core causing massive earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and etc that will eventually wipe out all life from the face of the earth. In the movie, the audience witnesses these events primarily from the perspective of small-time novelist Jackson Curtis (played by John Cusack) and politician Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Although the two
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The film is cannibalizing its own message with its illustrious visuals, whereas an adaptation of this film into something that focuses more on the message, such as a novel, can help bring its story to higher grounds. Primarily, the adaptation of the film into a new medium, such as a novel, will help the story realize a new potential. In film, what you see is essentially what you get, there is not much room for didactic reasoning or personal assumption. In a novel, the story knows no bounds as each individual reader can create their own understanding. . In the case of a novel, the story is at the mercy of not only an author but also the reader; a story is incomplete without the two. The reader can melt and mould the story into any genre depending on his/her understanding. For example, he/she can take it as a sci-fi or a thriller or reality or drama depending on his/her individual perceptions. Furthermore, the novel allows the perceiver to use his/her brains, own point of view, discretion, and imagination. Most of the time, novels are adapted into a movie and rarely the other way around. This is because of the fact that a movie is basically a jest of the novel; what a novel conveys however, cannot be conveyed by a movie. Although a movie has visual effect on the perceiver, which is appreciated better and faster by the

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