The Differences Between a Book Which Was Later Converted Into a Movie Film: The Shinning

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The Shining

Research Paper English comp II

Jose Quezada


Horror, this is a very sensitive word which its real essence has been lost throughout the going of the years. Most film directors now a day, lost the real meaning of what is the real purpose of a horror movie. Especially when horror novels are converted into films. They have taken the concept of horror and have misinterpreted this into violent death scenes. Even though these scenes strike fear into people's eyes but they are not the same fear that older movies from the original film makers, authors and script writers. The Fear I speak of is that the older pioneers of this genre was a fear not caused by a vast amount of deaths but caused by genius mind tricks and a fear of the unknown. Amongst these pioneers Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King are very well known due to their novels and movies made after those since they had great success.

The question is do novels?

Edgar Allen Poe founded the word horror and as, I believe, that if he was still alive horror movies with his style would not sell. The genre of horror movies has lost its true feeling in my personal opinion, I believe if Poe were alive he would be disgraced of what the genre has turned out to be. The horror movies have lost their essence in suspense and intriguing mysteries and riddles that lead to who the killer was and have been exchanged for, either pointless death scenes or intimate scenes between characters or the token character that are there for comic relief that always end up dying. This subject has died and old fans of horror movies would just have to live up to the course that this style of...