Quote: Little House & Poetic License


Title: Confessions of a Prairie Bitch
Author: Alison Arngrim
Page: 53

Because the books lacked soap operaesque drama, Michael [Landon] took great creative liberty; poetic license ran rampant on Little House. Michael added adventure, excitement, and tears (even the men cried!) in nearly every episode. Someone once asked him “So, why don’t you stick closer to the books?” He replied, “Have you read them? There’s an entire chapter on how to make an apple fritter. I can’t film that.”

True, what a book can do by immersing you into a scene, television can not.

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