Literature has been and is a splendid vergel that cinema has managed to exploit conscientiously for greater and better enjoyment of the viewer. Although the binomial can sometimes be a failed math
Can you imagine the cinema away today or with your back to literature? In political terms, so fashionable in these national times, sanitary cords between both artistic expressions? Watertight compartments in which it was impossible to establish communicating vessels? It is obvious that a substantial part of the cinematographic production with the passing of the decades has been based on original scripts with the signature of writers who made their fortune outside the narrative orthodoxy, outside the circuit and the transcendence that always accompanied the universal talents and immortals who turned their works into a world heritage site long before the seventh art was present to enlighten another expression and other creative language with which to illuminate posterity. Fortunately, and thanks to the virtue of many of those screenwriters adapters and servers on the big screen, the link between literature and cinema has proved to be an extraordinarily effective and rewarding potion in many cases, although not so much in others. Well, after all, the book and the celluloid are worlds in one way or another connected, but parallel realities with differentiated languages that technique and mastery sometimes fit and reconcile until they yield extraordinary fruits and in others they produce bodries. And it is a fact that a good novel or play does not guarantee a great movie, not even an entertaining or tolerable one. Masterpieces of universal literature have been dispatched as mediocrities in the theaters. It is also true that minor works with relative popularity and travel have cemented unforgettable jewels of cinematography. In this sense, for example, the work of William Shakespeare, the writer taken to the cinema in the greatest number of occasions, accumulates a history on the big screen of the most inconsistent and diverse. Be that as it may, the other variable, the economic one, plays in favor of literary adaptations, since its films achieve 53% more box office than those of the original scripts. Cinema and literature, in health and disease, until posterity.