Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

Authors vs. Directors

Posted by adusheck on April 13, 2017

The reading that stuck out to me the most was the one about authors. I found this interesting because it was a nice shift from focusing mostly on consumers/viewers to viewing who makes media and the role that they play. Although viewers were discussed, not so much as a “what do they like/ what do they want?” role and also not in a “how does production get there?” view. Not only was it interesting for those reasons but also because I had never thought about the differences in the “author” and the “producer” which is strange because they are two wildly different roles. As a viewer I feel that the producer generally gets all the credit, nobody really pays attention to the person who actually creates the story line unless it is something negative in most cases. While there are a select group of people who probably do pay attention to all the details, the average viewer does not. Examples of popular Hollywood directors/producers are M. Night, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Speliberg. Examples of popular authors in Hollywood would be Nicholas Sparks, John Green, and Stephen King. The difference between these people are that the authors come up with the story line, typically through a book, not always though and then their work is transformed into a script in which the director/producer is responsible for which may tweak the original work to fit the media format whether it is a show or a movie and also based on length. An example of a popular work is The Fault in Our Stars, the author is John Green, the director is Josh Boone.

One Response to “Authors vs. Directors”

  1. katemilner9 said

    It’s interesting to consider how a media can change depending on who’s at the helm. Often times the swap between creators gets the blame for any disappointments the fan base has. It makes you wonder what exactly directors are told to do when adapting a book.

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