January 4th, 2014

flamebusy

Random thought

If they made a movie of The Princess Bride today, it would suck. Because it would be a three-hour attempt to put every single line and joke and bit of action in the book into the film. It would probably go over budget trying to make the most action-packed, special-effects heavy epic out of the dungeon descent that isn't in the version of the movie we have at all, for example, and it would be so exciting that it would suck all the impact out of the less wild and crazy action in the castle at the end. Editing, knowing what to cut and what to keep in, is the reason why that movie is a classic and most people don't even *know* that there was a book first. It also appears to be something of a lost art these days.

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