Field Of Dreams: Don't Judge a Book By Its Movie

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie American society has become overwhelmed with the visual media, and often this media overshadows the classical paper books. The metaphorical phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” is well known by most Americans; given our technological age, perhaps now we should think of it as “don’t judge a book by its movie.” When novels go through the process of being made into a motion picture the novel tends to be changed to better accommodate the actors or the audience. Sometimes this can be very effective; but occasionally writing movies originally from books can also be destructive to the author’s original ideas and purposes. The film Field of Dreams, produced by Universal Pictures, is based on the novel Shoeless Joe written by W.P. Kinsella. While the general plot stays the same, there are various aspects of the movie and book that affect the design and purpose of Kinsella’s original work. The title of a work is often very crucial in captivating an audience, and can occasionally even defer the reader from picking up a work. The novel Shoeless Joe was written in 1982. Kinsella chose this title for his novel because he wanted to direct the focus to the player specifically, and not suspend the dream in the field. The novel is written from Ray Kinsella’s perspective; therefore it is suitable that Shoeless Joe be the focal point, initially, to the reader. Curiosity strings from the name of the novel itself. In the 1915s, when Shoeless Joe was active as a player, he became the symbol of “tyranny of the powerful over the powerless” (Kinsella 7). And therefore a powerful influential role model to many baseball lovers. In 1989 the novel was made into a motion picture. The original title of the novel Shoeless Joe was considered for the film; however when the title was put on survey it was found un-appealing by audiences. The producers, of course,
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