RARA-AVIS: Re: Crying Out Loud in the Wrong Direction

From: Curt Purcell ( curtpurcell@hotmail.com)
Date: 30 Oct 2007

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Kevin Burton Smith <kvnsmith@...> wrote:
>Cough up all the excuses and justifications you want, but
> in a story, be it film or TV or comic books or good ol' prose,
> storytelling always matters.

For the most part I'd agree, but where visual media are concerned, I don't always mind if the story serves the visuals more than the other way around.

> Anyway, solid storytelling and great visuals aren't mutually
> exclusive. CHINATOWN and NIGHT MOVES, both conceived for the screen,
> would make dandy novels.

Well, maybe. Just as novels never make it to the screen fully intact, so original movies probably convey a lot of information visually that would be difficult to nail down in prose (especially when you're dealing with gifted directors like Polanski).

Anyway, you're right about story and visuals not being mutually exclusive. I don't think it follows, though, that every visual artwork with an element of narrative must be judged first and foremost as though it were a novel.


Sounds intriguing, the way you describe it--I'll have to check it out!

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