Being There Book vs. Movie

Being There Book vs. Movie

We read Being There by Jerzy Kosinski for school and it is an interesting book that has a lot of great social commentary about people believing what they want to hear and only caring about appearances. And it seems to relate to what is happening in politics today, the alternative facts and fake news. This book is about Chance, he has never been outside the walls of the garden and has learned everything about the world from television. The book itself gives off a strange vibe, as every word has a double meaning and use. This leads to a movie with an unsettling tone, as the silences that were awkward in the book became uncomfortable to watch. This does not make it a bad movie, just different. Reading the book and then watching the movie gives a different message then merely watching the movie as a stand-alone. Part of this comes from the message that is a result of the differences between the book and the movie, and the other part comes from the use of television, which changes from page to screen. As Kosinski also wrote the screenplay, I do not feel that the major changes took away from the story, it just made it so that the movie was an extension of the book instead of an adaption of what is directly on the page. It doesn’t bother me as much as it usually would because Kosinski wrote it and so he is using another medium to get his message across, and is even using the new medium of his story being in a movie to help expand his message even more. If you only watch the movie or only read the book, both require some deep thought to see below the surface that is being presented. For this movie, I would definitely recommend reading the book first because it helps the movie make more sense. Overall it is an interesting book and an interesting movie that makes some important statements about society.

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