What is Mookology?

Mookology is my effort to clear the air between readers and movie-goers.  The truth is, some of the best movies blossomed from carefully articulated novels and some of the best books have been turned into less-than-stellar films.  The rest fall somewhere in between.  I’ve always been fascinated with the transition of words to images, what works, what doesn’t, and why.   This is my call to end the segregation of readers and movie-goers.  We can live in harmony if we attempt to understand one another.

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36 thoughts on “What is Mookology?

  1. Wow, that’s really cool invention I’d say, simple and to the point, just feeling the gap, I bet the moment of getting the idea was truly exciting, like you just touched the sky, I mean doesn’t happen to everyone :) Such things are rare, so nice to find you here!

  2. Love, love, love the concept for your blog! This is great. More power to you! I too love stories, movies and books and look forward to hearing more from you.

    Until next time…
    marti

  3. Good idea! These are two alternative methods of storytelling with different strengths and limitations. Not every book is translated well – or even could be translated well into the visual format. And some movies truly are “better than the book.” We’re into both books and movies in our household, and I think anyone who only does one or only does the other is limiting himself/herself.

    • There are definitely some books that work better as movies, and then there are some that just don’t seem to fit. I agree that those who only do one or the other limit themselves – there’s nothing like reading a great book and watching it come to life!

  4. May I just complicate matters further by bringing in the concept of the graphic novel, which straddles somewhere in between, and yet is still somehow as un-translatable as the book is to film. Though this may be off topic, we re-itterate the classic concept of Marshall McLuhan “The medium is the message”.
    and to quote wikipedia…
    ‘a phrase coined by Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived.’

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  6. Great concept. I will follow with interest. A flip side might be the book that follows the movie. Are there any books-of-the-movie out there worth reading? I haven’t found one yet, but then I haven’t tried very hard.

  7. I’m so happy I’ve found your blog! I just posted about this topic myself and had one of the most fun conversations with readers I’ve experienced since I’ve started blogging: http://wp.me/p2myYW-pv I’m definitely going to return to this subject and will keep your blog in mind when I do :-)

  8. Definitely fresh and interesting. I’m glad i stumbled upon your blog being both being a lover of books and movies. I’m definitely looking forward to reading your new posts and well going through your older ones.

  9. I remember watching several versions of “Dracula” movies before actually picking up the book just last year to read. I thought the book would be better than most, if not all the movies, instead I found it chilling to the bone and unromantic. The movie Bram Stoker’s Dracula was very romantic in my opinion and I loved it, I cried because I felt the emotional flux between Dracula and Mina and I was jealous. I enjoyed the book, it was different to anything I ever saw on the film versions, but that movie with Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder touched me.

  10. Great idea for a blog! I love reading and have only explored book reviews, but this has inspired me to think more carefully about film adaptations! Thanks :)

  11. I recently wrote a comparison between a book and its film adaptation on my blog, and then I found your blog looking for someone who was doing something similar. You do beautiful work, and I look forward to reading more of your mookology. :)

  12. Oh, and also, here are my votes for some of the best and worst movie adaptations of the last couple of decades:

    BEST
    1. The Remains of the Day: Loved the novel, was afraid of hating the film, but loved it equally;
    2. The English Patient: To my mind, the movie language exceeded the florid writing of the book;
    3. The Help: I liked the book a lot, and the performances in the movie elevated it;
    4. Never Let Me Go: The movie had a lovely, dark tone that captured Ishiguro’s prose;
    5. Brokeback Mountain: Again, elevated by wonderful performances and good direction.

    WORST
    1. One Day: Brilliant book, awful movie;
    2. The Time Traveler’s Wife: ditto;
    3. Amelia: Not technically based on one book (I think), but super-disappointing biopic of Earhart;
    4. The Lovely Bones: Brave attempt, awful failure.
    5. Cloud Atlas: Ditto. A movie that proved Tom Hanks CAN’T do everything!

  13. This is very cool! I’m fascinated by the art of adaptation and how books become movies (and very rarely, the reverse). I’m especially interested when the book and movie are vastly different from each other, because I’m curious how such changes come about.

    I recently finished reading A Stir of Echoes by Richard Matheson. I had seen the movie first and loved it. Book and movie have similarities and differences, and I think it’s one of the rare cases where I like the movie better.

  14. Just spent the last half hour reading through your blog and I just had to tell you it is awesome! I find your perspective on novels to movies to be really refreshing and we seem to have the same tastes and opinions on a lot of things! So glad I found your blog and I look forward to reading more in the future.

  15. Great idea for a blog! I have to admit that there are definitely times when I’ve had a bit of a temper tantrum if a film adaptation has ‘ruined’ one of my favourite books but on the flip side I have seen the occasional film/tv show that is way better than the book!

  16. Great idea, and very well done! People really like to be able to say things like “The book was so much better” or “I only read the books” (always said very pretentiously lol). But often, the movie is done very well and adds visuals or inspires someone to read the book! It’s rare in the bookworm world to see someone handle this “issue” even-handedly. Well done!

  17. Hello i love your blog it is really creative and interesting I never would’ve thought of Mookology. I would really like it if you looked at my blog to see if it is any good. If you did I would really like it if you could give me some advice on how to make my blog better. if you could that would be great Thanks! My blog is called Read Between the Lines.

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