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Exposition Exploration: Part 2

Stacey Kite

How many times have you said, “The book was OK, but the movie was fantastic”?

Me neither.

Common knowledge says the difference is because movies have to trim the plot and cut scenes to fit the story into a shorter format. That’s part of the reason, but I think there’s another, subtler and far more important ingredient lost in the translation—the telling. With the exception of voice-overs, movies are all show and no tell. Books, on the other hand, have loads of telling. Continue reading