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Different Does Not Mean Bad

December 2, 2009

The other day, I saw a trailer for the new Alice in Wonderland movie by Tim Burton. I also remember the Disney version as a kid.

Those movies, and all media based on other media, are just not the same as the original. Something gets lost in translation. They are just the interpretations of the story by the writers and director.

Would it be better off if instead of making an Alice in Wonderland movie, they made something seperate from Alice?

Because then you expect what you think the original story is really about. You cannot get mad because someone disagrees with you and has a different interpretation then you. Different is not bad. Unfortunantly, many people will brand anything different then their own opinion as “bad” or “wrong” But in reality, everything changes based on each individual’s experience and perspective.

I wonder how writers feel when their story is turned into a movie, but it is nothing like their original:

  • Are they mad about it?
  • Or do they realize that someone else just had a different interpretation from theirs?
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  1. December 22, 2009 1:11 pm

    I am really surprised this post didn’t draw more conversation as it really got to the gist of what this project is all about! Your statement “You cannot get mad because someone disagrees with you and has a different interpretation then you.” is what makes blogging about literature so powerful. You can think one thing and write about it…then someone has a completely different take on the same thing and they comment back. I can’t wait to see Tim Burton’s interpretation, but I am sure it will be very different from the Disney Version, and the book, and probably different from the first “telling” of Alice when it was simply a series of oral tales. I think about the 2 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movies and how very different they are… any time a work is interpreted (annotated, blogged about, or recreated in media form) it will take on some individual “connection”-good, bad, or indifferent. Isn’t that really what learning is all about 😉

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