CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Writers talk on transition from print to big screen at Shanghai Book Fair

08-20-2012 10:49 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Since the invention of sound films, people have never stopped comparing stories in novels to the big screens. British writer David Mitchell’s novel ‘Cloud Atlas’ has been adapted to film with the same name. At this year’s Shanghai Book Fair, Mitchell brought his novel and attended a fascinating forum with Chinese writer Su Tong, discussing the relationship between film and novel.

British writer David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas novel has been transformed into an outrageously ambitious wannabe blockbuster. The novel won numerous awards, and was short-listed for the 2004 Booker Prize.

Along the same lines as Mitchell, Su Tong’s novel ‘Husband and His Wives’ was also adapted into the film ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ and was tremendously successful. Naturally, film became their common interest.

The British writer says he respects the work of filmmakers and would be very glad if the film won an Oscar. But for David Mitchell, although film is good looking, a book is far more powerful.

David Mitchell, British writer, said, “I think, the film, when you watch it, it comes into you. You experience it for 120 minutes, and it goes away again. And when you leave the book, you’re no longer the same person. ”

Chinese novelist Su Tong says he doesn’t want to be kidnapped by film. Instead, he prefers a tentative relationship, not too far or too close. The Chinese writer also said a great work can never be adapted into a good film.

Su Tong, Chinese novelist, said, “Hitchcock said that a novel that can be adapted into film must be a second or third class novel. In my understanding, I would say that a film can do nothing with a great novel.”

When turning any piece of literature into a film, there are always a number of distinct and unavoidable differences. But whether they work out or not, for both Mitchell and Su, they have benefitted a lot from these two mediums.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CCTV.com

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program