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PRCA 3330: Movies Based on Books… Yeah right.

As an avid book reader, I continue to be disappointed when I come to love a book that ends up being made into a movie. At first, I used to get really excited when this would happen, but the trend recently is to give the movie a completely different ending. To most, this may not seem like a very important issue, but it bothers me beyond belief. What is the point in advertising a movie based on a book when the book’s storyline isn’t properly depicted? It seems to me that if a director isn’t willing to stay true to a book, then the movie should have a different title!

Spoiler alert!

The most recent example of such nonsense is when the movie “Dear John” was released.  After reading the book, I personally viewed this story to be one of the best love stories by Nicolas Sparks.

The moral of the book version is that when you love someone, you want them to be happy even if their happiness comes from someone other than you. This is displayed in the book when John anonymously donates a large amount of money to Savannah’s husband’s cancer treatment.  Because of his generous contribution and undying love for Savannah, her husband conquers his cancer and they live happily ever after, with no interference from John. Much to my dismay, the movie director decided to alter this vital aspect of the storyline when Savannah’s husband tragically dies from cancer.  Also, the movie ending implies the reunion of John and Savannah.  This ending obviously has completely no relevance to the moral of Dear John, the book version.

I am well aware that when creating a movie from a book requires the omission of some scenes and the addition of others, but ones that completely change the book’s message are not well received from the people who took the time to read and enjoy the book. I think that the PR people who promote such movies based on books are being slightly unethical when the movie is unlike the book in major ways.  The book readers go to see the movie because of the book they read and expect the book’s plot line to be represented, not ignored.  These promoters use the popularity of books to draw an interest in their movie and don’t concentrate on the importance of the book’s plot to readers.


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PRCA 3330: Writer’s Block or Laziness?

After finally figuring out how to make a Blog Roll on the side of my page so I could make links to my PRCA 3330 classmate’s blogs, I noticed a considerable amount of blogs that haven’t been updated in weeks, even months. My hope is that the students who haven’t updated since week 3 have dropped the class… No offense. I know that there have been some times throughout the semester where I forgot to post my reading notes or was a little late on a TOW post, but no updates since the 3rd week? Come on, people. Don’t make us all look bad!

As Public Relations majors, blogging, tweeting and facebooking comes with the trade and in order to be successful in this field it is essential we learn the basics of social media outlets now before being thrown into the workforce.

To hopefully help out my classmates who have been lagging in updating their blogs, I have compiled some tips that I found helpful when creating blog posts:

  • Share your opinion. People want to know what other people are thinking. Even if you feel stupid writing about your thoughts, it may entertain other people and help build interest in your blog!
  • Use links when writing a blog post. This helps back up what you’re saying and creates credibility for your blog. People will listen and accept individuals who they can trust.
  • Interact with other bloggers.  I know from experience that when someone leaves me a comment I immediately check out their blog.  Most likely, I will leave them a comment too!
  • Be yourself. Other bloggers will be able to appreciate that you are not just blogging what you think people want to hear.
  • Use pictures in your blog post. This makes your blog more visually attractive which will result in more visitors!

I can only hope that some of my classmates can pull themselves out of thier writer’s block and start making some creative and interesting blog posts!

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