A different kind of criticism.
The typical response is that books and films are different things. My response is to wonder whether or not modern criticism suffers from a one-sided point of view. The whole problem seems to rest on the nature of “appearance” and “understanding”. Looked at from one point a view, a book, strip of film, or even a DVD are little more than pieces of manufactured technology. If it is the “functional” appearance that determines the importance between a book and a movie, then of course it will be the differences that people focus on. A way of understanding either an item based on either function or appearance would have to leave almost no room for thinking about them in any other way.