Hey Guys!

 

So I was thinking about all the fun things my class did this year. Yeah we went to WW18, contest play, group interpretations, and other auditorium adventures, but we also explored something else: movies. Accompanying some of the books we read, we also watched its interpretation on screen. Why should this go unnoticed? It is a form of literature because we see the point of view twisted through the director’s eyes and can appreciate the plot in a different way. Here’s a list of the movies we watch already/ will watch:

Hamlet

A Knight’s Tale

Pride and Prejudice

Bride and Prejudice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In my opinion, I enjoy watching movies in class not only because it’s a break from the usual, but because it helps me understand the book a little better. For example, before I read Pride and Prejudice, I watched this same movie and hated it. The plot was foreign to me and I kept falling asleep. Though after reading the book, I loved the movie! Together, they are better because they help us to appreciate the references and expand our knowledge of the books.

So, what do you guys think about watching movies in class? Does your class set time aside to appreciate them?

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Comment by Jessie Miller on March 19, 2012 at 8:49pm

I have watched both Hamlet and Pride and Prejudice in Pine's class and it was interesting to see the directors different takes on the stories.  For example, the director of the movie Hamlet made Hamlet and his mother have some sort of incest thing going on.  yet while in Pride and Prejudice instead of Mr. Darcy simply giving the letter to Jane and walking away as he does in the book, the direcotr made it a dragged out dramatic scene with rain.  This director also took parts of the letter and the questions Elizabeth poses in a later chapter.  Thus it's always fun to see directors different takes and see if they really do stick to the book or not. Laslty, i'm really excited to see bride and Prejudice soon!

Comment by Andrew Lundholm on March 19, 2012 at 8:57pm

Hey Mag!  Usually in our class, if we read a chapter, we'd watch the scene in the movie that accompanies it.  This helped me to imagine the setting and to see the character's expressions and emotions outside of what the author tries to infer.  Our current book we are reading is The Joy Luck Club which has a movie, but we can't watch it because there is one inappropriate scene that isn't even in the book.  We could just skip the scene, but the entire movie is rated R, so scene by scene doesn't matter.

Comment by Lauren Marek on March 19, 2012 at 9:22pm

I love when we watch movies in class based on a book we read. It's a really interesting perspective to see the action instead of reading it. Plus, you gotta admit, it's hilarious when the movie's really old and any of the following happen: the acting is bad, the visual effects are bad, or random stuff is added in that causes us all to exchange puzzled looks and mutter "THAT wasn't in the book!" I feel it serves as valuable class bonding time!

Comment by Alaina McCaffrey on March 19, 2012 at 10:02pm

I love watching movies in English class because it not only brings life to the characters, it also helps me see how someone else (the director, actors, etc.) see certain characters or scenes. Plus, like you said, it helps me stay awake and understand the classic movie more.

Comment by Garrett Peters on March 19, 2012 at 10:17pm

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.  I LOVE WATCHING MOVIES IN CLASS.  Of course it is because they help me understand the book better...  Anyway I really do believe that movies help make people understand books.  It's one thing trying to visualize the story and characters in your head, but it's a whole other thing to watch the movies and see how others interpreted the books.  Together the movies and the books act as one to help kids and adults understand the literature they are reading.

Comment by Perianne Johnson on March 19, 2012 at 10:21pm

I agree that watching the movie version of a novel can be helpful for illuminating a tricky plot or bringing life to the characters, but I think it can sometimes go a little too far. When my class was reading Pride and Prejudice, we would watch a little snippet of the movie every day  to recap what we watched the night before. While I definitely appreciated getting to start my day off with Colin-Firth-as-Mr.-Darcy, I began to rely too much on the movie version, using it as a crutch. Instead of trying to understand some confusing plot point, I found myself waiting until the next morning, when I could mindlessly watch the scene unfold. I think movies are a great way to reward yourself for completing a difficult novel, but I don't think they should replace actually reading and comprehending the story.

Comment by Ji Young Seo on March 20, 2012 at 1:47am

I love watching movies in class, too, because we do get a nice two to three day break. Reading a book than watching a movie does give another interpretation of the novel and helps you understand some things that you might not have gotten when reading. This is also true for watching a movie and then reading a book. Sometimes, though, this coupling of movie and novel confuses me. Hollywood has taken the initiative of distorting books and its contents to fit what they think will sell. This means anything from a little scene to a major character can be changed. This bothers me and always messes me up on tests because the details are the things that are manipulated with. Hopefully, movies don't mess us up too much in the future because sometimes reading quizzes end badly.

Comment by Anushka Vazirani on March 22, 2012 at 1:21am

I love watching movies in class, too! Besides it being fun, it's really helpful for a majority of the books we read. Half the time, we're all confused about Shakespeare and other books written in a different dialect then we're used to. Watching the movie first of all would help us understand the plot better since that's kinda of important to know, and also it would help us understand the meaning of the text we're reading. Beyond just the plot, we'd actually LEARN what the lines meant in our modern day English instead of taking it the easy way and picking up a No Fear Version. I do think it's really helpful for other books too, but for books that are written in the English we understand very well today, I think it would just be a hinderance in class. 

Comment by Drew Beeman on March 22, 2012 at 3:18pm

Movies are definitely a good way to further your understanding of a book and add that extra visual layer to your previous understanding. However, I often find myself having the book ruined because of a movie. First of all, I never watch the movie first if I plan on reading the book, I would spend all that time reading the book only to know every little surprise and event ahead of time. I also often get bothered when movies leave out certain parts of the book for a more "exciting" plot. It is when I find a great movie based off a book I have read, one done perfectly, that I fall in love with it and can truly appreciate their magic.

Comment by Marlisa Wang on March 22, 2012 at 9:09pm

Watching the movie after you just read the book would be a great way to understand the plot more and bring the characters to life. In 8th grade, we read Romeo and Juliet, and after each act, we would watch the movie. It really helped me understand each character more, and made learning Romeo and Juliet really interesting and fun! It would be so great to watch the movie version after reading a book, but it does take up a lot of class time. 

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