Or do the books and movie that do phenomenally well, reflect our world view?
Will the current box office sensations stand the test of time?
Will people say that Twilight and New Moon were the defining movies of the first decade of the 21st century? The other night I went to see New Moon with my daughter. For a movie that has out grossed every other movie on its opening day, there were several moments where the audience laughed outright — at the wrong time. And I’m assuming that these were people sympathetic to the series. Some things don’t translate well across the mediums.
On the same day as seeing New Moon, I saw the original screen release of Blade Runner after not having seen it since it came out in 1982. The set design, the acting and direction all stood up well to the test of time. And the concepts being explored — What makes us human? How do you define human? — are interesting.
Unlike the Twilight movies, Blade Runner didn’t do well at the box office. But its standing has risen as the years passed. In 2008, the American Film Institute was voted Blade Runner the 6th best SF film ever made. Other organisations have given it higher rankings.
It is not fair to compare a movie made for the teen market like Twilight and New Moon, with a movie made for a thinking audience (not that teenagers can’t think, but you know what I mean).
A good film or book will mature as you mature. You’ll see more in them, as you grow. Can you think of films or books that have ‘grown’ with you?