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Reading vs watching and The Night Manager – why I prefer the book


Today’s re-blog must be good ’cause it’s by Roz Morris :-)

Nail Your Novel

51qdfvUxcdL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I recently watched the BBC’s adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager, and of course went straight to the novel afterwards. I thoroughly enjoyed the TV adaptation, but I’m loving the novel more.

You might think that’s an obvious thing for a writer to say. But I’d like to think about why.

Let’s put aside certain practicalities. Obviously the book had to be reshaped to translate it to TV, and updated for 2016 (technology, current world events, making a key character female).

That’s not what I want to talk about; I’m interested here in the medium of delivery. The watching senses compared with the reading ones. Why do I find reading the novel is more special than watching the show?

Books are interior

A key difference is the organisation of Jonathan Pine’s back story. In the TV version this is streamlined into simple chronological order, but the novel shuffles…

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2 responses to “Reading vs watching and The Night Manager – why I prefer the book

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris June 14, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Awwww.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai June 14, 2016 at 9:10 am

      :-)

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