By johan on Jul 20, 2005
Now that I have a break from studying, it's time to catch up on some reading.
I've just finished and thoroughly enjoyed Good Omens
by Terry Pratchett and
What I love about reading is the way everyone forms their own image of the scenery and characters - unlike a movie where you are asked to switch off your imagination and consume sensory stimulations offered through the imaginations of others. Movies often spoil my enjoyment of a good book - the plot is changed for no apparent reason, or I simply don't like the creative interpretation. I love movies, especially some of the off-the-beaten-track, indie/cult types. But I prefer watching movies of books I've never read, and not watching movies of books I've already read and enjoyed. Making a good movie of a book is a difficult and subjective endeavour, and few directors succeed.
I learnt that one of my favourite directors, ex Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam, was going to make a movie of the book. Movies are seldom as good as the books, but Mr. Gilliam is a genius and I would have loved to see the result. Unfortunately production was cancelled due to a lack of funds.
He also tried to make a movie based on Don Quijote, which would have been fabulous now that we are celebrating the 400th anniversary of that great novel. Production was started in all seriousness, and got quite far, but was constantly riddled with mishaps until it was eventually cancelled. However, the material was sewn together in a documentary about the (non) making of the film, called Lost in La Mancha
Anyway, we have a few bookshelves full of books I haven't read yet, so it's time for me to catch up!