I watched Sherlock Holmes (2009). No I’m not gonna blame the movie. And no I haven’t had read the story before. But it was not _exactly_ the Sherlock Holmes I know. Before I proceed I should mention that the movie was pretty good and it disturbed only a very little to my Sherlock Holmes.
Well I said that. twice. i) Sherlock Holmes I know. ii) my Sherlock Holmes. This is the exact reason why a book can not be turned in to a movie without blames. Because no one can make ‘every ones Sherlock Holmes’, Or ‘every ones Harry Potter’. Not to mention ‘every ones Lord of the Rings’.
Let me elaborate a bit on this. By ‘my Sherlock Holmes’ I referred to the Sherlock Holmes and the world surrounding him, I built in my imagination with the _great_ help of the writer. There is a Sherlock Holmes in my mind. And a Watson. And a Bakers street. And everything.
We make stuff up in our minds while we read. I don’t even have to explain this to you great readers. Our love towards a book is proportional to the writers help in building the story in our imagination. But The writers are lucky. They just provide us the frame, with some details of course. We, the readers ourselves paint the world as we wish. And we are going to love what we create. So a book is more ‘ours’ than a movie ever will be.
But in case of a movie, especially a movie that based on a book, the director (and also the others involved) takes on a challenge to make the story that goes with everyones imaginations. A movie is known to be good if it matches well enough with the imaginations of most of the viewers. The case is same for a movie based on a book but the viewers (who have read the book) try to match it with the imaginations they’ve already created ‘as THEY wish’.
So the movie only will intersect (I need a better word than this :) ) with imaginations of few viewers. And a hundred percent intersection will be a very rare case. So the movie is gonna get blamed more or less. Because a movie gets blamed if it disappoints the viewers and movie based on a book is going to disappoint the viewers more or less.
So about Sherlock Holmes, The movie was too gloomy than my Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes, the man, was too… well … I can’t explain. So I shouldn’t blame the movie :)