A group of children enjoy popcorn and lemonade as they watch a movie on blankets in a backyard.
Fine Arts

Creative License

Which is better: the book or the movie?

Project Summary

Artists often interpret the works of others through different media. Old stories are turned into new stories. When a book becomes a film or play via the director’s or actor’s vision, it is a new vision compared to what a reader once had to create. In this project, students examine a film or play version of a story or drama. (Examples might include The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter, Wonder, A Wrinkle in Time, The Hate U Give, Holes.) Working as film/play critics, students evaluate creative choices made by the directors or actors.

Each student writes a review of a live production or film or television version of a book or play. Students compare and contrast specific elements of the work and the degree to which the direction or acting aligned with or departed from the original work. The class compiles these reviews (which can be written articles and/or video blogs) into a print or digital arts and culture magazine or website.

Note that the duration of this project may vary depending on the nature, complexity, and length of the texts students read.

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