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Her vision would have been, I am sure, to produce it exactly the way it was written. I doubt she would have found a studio willing to accept that. After all, 28 publishers turned down the book before it was put in print.
The heroes are rich, powerful business leaders, along with uncompromising intellects - hardly the type of figures today's society relates to. Just recount the attacks on people like Bill Gates or companies like Wal-Mart, whose main crime is that they ARE rich and successful and the best at what they do. No, today's society (spurred on by multi-millionaire politicians attacking the rich and successful) considers success as evil, and the more successful one is, the greater the evil. Ayn Rand would have had a difficult time making the movie in her standards but, with her staunch belief and determination that nothing is impossible if one sets one's mind to it, I won't be the one to say she couldn't have done it
Don't fret about putting the book down to ponder. That is the only way you can get the full flavor and meaning out of it. She doesn't write just WORDS - she writes thoughts and situations and comparitives designed to make on think and apply her thoughts into present life and the descriptions of her characters makes us look into our own lives for those same characters WE have run into. She will also throw in little gems only the keen eye can spot. One one page near the beginning of AS a man looks at a large calendar lit up on the side of a skyscraper and ponders "That reminds me of some phrase but I can't recall it". Hundreds of pages later someone mentions to him that his days are numbered and he thinks "That phrase reminds me of something I saw but I can't remember what." There are many such little caveats scattered throughout her works.
Did I mention I like her writings?