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Old 07-09-2003, 01:34 AM
Movie/Book adaptations

Movies seem to have a hit or miss relationship with the books they come from. They can be perfect renditions, an example being Jurassic Park by Crichton or they can be horrible, like Sphere, another Crichton book. What do you think is the BEST and WORST adaption from book to film? Or best film from a horrible book?
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Old 07-09-2003, 09:58 AM
Best : Gone with the Wind (10/10 to both book and movie)
The End of the Affair (movie 10/10, book 9/10)
The Hours (movie 9/10, book 10/10)

Biggest improvement: Hannibal (movie 7/10, the book is horrible)

Worst: Captain Corelli's Mandolin(fabulous book, such a poor film).

Btw, I loved Sphere, both book and movie.
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Old 07-09-2003, 05:30 PM
As a huge Harry Potter fan I can say that the movies are solid examples of how to adapt a book for the big screen.

Gone with the Wind is the ultimate example for that, though...
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Old 07-10-2003, 04:04 AM
I can't believe I forgot Bridget Jones's Diary - the book is great, but the movie is even better.
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Old 07-10-2003, 08:40 AM
Best:
Stand By Me
Shawshank Redemption
Jurassic Park
Silence of the Lambs
Red Dragon
Hannibal (lots of people hate this movie, but as an adaptation of the book, it's really good. The book had most of the same things as the movie)
Bone Collector
Kiss the Girls
Harry Potter
Godfather

Worst:
Lost World: Jurassic Park (not that bad of a movie, but almost nothing like the book)
Sum of All Fears (See Lost World)
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Old 07-10-2003, 11:05 AM
BEST:

L.A. Confidential
Red Dragon
Silence of the Lambs
American Psycho
Rules of Attraction
Sphere
13th Warrior
Jurassic Park
LOTR trilogy
Vampires (it improves a lot a mediocre book)
Out of Sight
The Nameless

WORST:
Jurassic Park 2
Neverending Story
Devil's Advocate (not that the movie is bad, but it's a VERY free adaptation of the book)
It (and most of SK adaptations)
Get Shorty
Bonfire of the Vanities
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Old 07-10-2003, 11:15 AM
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Originally posted by damned martian
BEST:
Sphere
So, I'm not the only one who liked Sphere after all. I know most people hate it.
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Old 07-10-2003, 11:29 AM
Best:

To Kill A Mockingbird
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
About A Boy
The Cider House Rules

Worst:

The Hotel New Hampshire

I cannot even express how bad this film is compared to the wonderfully quirky novel by John Irving. He should be the only one allowed to adapt his novels, The Cider House Rules and The Hotel New Hampshire are perfect arguments for my opinion.
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Old 07-10-2003, 11:57 AM
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Originally posted by damned martian
BEST:

L.A. Confidential
Red Dragon
Silence of the Lambs
American Psycho
Rules of Attraction
Sphere
13th Warrior
Jurassic Park
LOTR trilogy
Vampires (it improves a lot a mediocre book)
Out of Sight
The Nameless
Those, and what Trinity said. I'd also like to state the HARRY POTTER movies were extremely disappointing to me so far.
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Old 07-10-2003, 02:42 PM
I am sorry, but I just thought Sphere the book was much more amazing. Same with The Andromeda Strain.

What about Minority Report? I loved both the short story and the film, as it is one of my favorites. Blade Runner was also a good transition.
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Old 07-10-2003, 10:03 PM
The James Bond movies are, by and large, huge improvements over the corresponding books, with the exception of Moonraker.
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Old 07-11-2003, 07:10 AM
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Originally posted by outsyder
I am sorry, but I just thought Sphere the book was much more amazing. Same with The Andromeda Strain.

What about Minority Report? I loved both the short story and the film, as it is one of my favorites. Blade Runner was also a good transition.
I thought both the book and the film of Sphere were at the same level (a pleasant 6.5/10). And Blade Runner movie is far better than the book IMO.

Also, AI is better than the short story it is based on, which is nothing particularly outstanding IMO.
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Old 07-11-2003, 09:11 PM
The Exorcist is the shite! I think it's one of the best movie - book adaptations.
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Old 07-11-2003, 11:37 PM
Best:
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (follows almost word-for-word)
Fight Club
A Clockwork Orange
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Silence of the Lambs
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

I've seen all the movies, and read all but two of the books, and they seem to be really good/faithful adaptations
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Old 07-12-2003, 01:08 AM
Damn. Forgot Silence of the Lambs. Man, I loved that book.
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Old 07-12-2003, 06:23 AM
A good movie adaptation of a book isn't necessarily a movie that follows the book word-for-word. In fact, the reason I hated the movie of GREEN MILE was because it followed the book too closely. Movies and books are different mediums, and because of this, the book has to be trimmed and altered until the story fits comfortably into the movie medium. It's much easier to sit and read a book for hours; less strain on the eyes and brain. But a movie gets tiring after 3 hours, no matter how good it is.

Book authors can get away with a lot more detail, dialogue and subplots...while movie-makers must be able to trim this to it's bare essence so that it suits the visual medium.

This is also the problem with the Harry Potter movies. They would be much better if they hadn't slavishly followed what happened in the books.
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Old 07-13-2003, 01:33 AM
Best: Wiseguy by Nocholas Pileggi into Goodfellas

Biggest Improvement: Jaws, the book is horrid imo.

Worst: The Shining, Kubick butchured the book, though it is still a good movie.
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Old 07-13-2003, 02:29 AM
Some of the Best:

Stand by Me
The Green Mile
Misery
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Silence of the Lambs
Red Dragon
A Clockwork Orange
Trainspotting
The Cider House Rules
Bridget Jones's Diary
Kiss the Girls
The Godfather
Wonderboys


Biggest improvements of a movie over a book:

American Psycho
Ordinary People
Jaws

Loved all three movies, didn't like the books nearly as much.

Some of the Worst:

Sphere
The Lawnmower Man (since it had nothing to actually do with the story it was based on)
Children of the Corn
Almost any movie based on an Edgar Allan Poe or H.P Lovecraft work


I am sure I will think of some more later...

Last edited by jenna25; 07-13-2003 at 02:33 AM..
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