After several face to face sessions in the classroom relating to both the physiology and classification of corals and the origins of the structure of coral reefs, a reading of Darwin in Paradise and The Rise of Corals comes at a perfect time. A close reading of these two chapters should allow us to come to a deeper understanding of many of the concepts and ideas we've been dealing with as of late. The way I see it, your reflection here could easily be done one of two ways:
I like the book better because it gave more information. The movie did have some great details, but the book has more depth, and I like that. This book is the coolest way of book-reading-learning that I’ve ever experienced!
The film Coral Reef Adventure uses much of the same material as the book, but in a condensed version with an individualized storyline. While following two characters in an adventure to help protect/save the coral reef the film shows astounding beauty, cultural ties, and an impending disaster for the creatures and entire existence of the reefs. It seemed like its purpose was to motivate the audience to jump into the cause. In The Enchanted Braid we see much of the same staggering beauty, the same passion, and I can only assume Osha Gray Davidson would be very pleased to inspire someone to help the coral reefs. But it appears to me that the book presents the reefs to inform readers, unlike the movie. Both were excellent sources of information and awe, inspiration and fact. The writing and editing seems similar enough to me, given that the genres restrict the similarities to a certain extinct, but it's obvious the screenplay was a collaborative work.