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Comparing a novel and a film is about as useful as comparing a dog and a cat They are entirely different beasts There are many similar techniques which are exploited by both mediums for example the use of emotive and descriptive language Also there are many techniques which can be only by one of the mediums such as soundtrack and music These limitations make it very difficult for comparisons between the same texts placed in different mediums An example of this occurrence is the novel and film Tuesdays with Morrie it is extremely complicated to compare the two mediums thoroughly Film and novel have basically the same structure a beginning a climax and an end or resolution However throughout the duration of the text different techniques can be applied in film which cannot be applied in a novel medium For example in the film Tuesdays with Morrie the director manages to exploit the visual techniques to his advantage when Morrie finds out that he is suffering from ALS his facial expressions completely change and the colour tone also becomes more vibrant which deepens the affect on the responder Before this discovery the audience had only seen a very happy Morrie however we actually see a progression from one stage of his life to another In the novel this cannot be fully achieved the composer can only describe to the responder what happened and attempt to depict how Morrie reacts This is an enormous limitation on how effective the novel medium is However for the film medium the ability to show emotion through visual is a huge advantage as it allows the responders to empathize to a larger extent with Morrie and the other characters in the book This visual technique is used almost non-stop throughout the film medium Aswell as the use of visual techniques the film medium also has the ability to use music and soundtrack to its advantage Music and
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