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What do you think about Movie Adaptations of books and other works? Personally, I'm not too keen on them. I mean, Stephen King's books are terrific, but they never translate well to the big screen - The only one that's been decent, IMO, is "It" (and the TV Series "The Dead Zone", but that's not a movie)

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Meh, the only thing about a movie is that it TELLS you what things are like instead of letting you imagine for yourself. Take the Lord of the Ring or Harry Potter movies for an example.

They're both great adapetations, and you're happy if you imagined a character to look exactly like what he does on the big screen, but then again if you were wrong, it takes a little bit away from it.

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True. But I do say they have done well with Harry Potter and a terrific job with LOTR.

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The adaptations that stand out for me are Trainspotting and Captin Corelli's Mandalin. I felt both of them really did fantastic books justice. I also enjoyed the LOTR trilogy.

Cloudy, you didn't like the Shining? I thought Jack Nicholson was fantastic in that. It was also helped by an awesome screen play writer in Kubrick, but the book itself is also solid.

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I thought 'The Stand' was really well done, apart from the end bit (They made the hand of god bit WAY too fucking cheesy)

How can anyone forget about the Godfather? Let us not forget that this is in fact a book transfer.

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Ah, I temporarily forgot about the more recent ones like the Shawshank Redemption, and I've only seen tiny bits and pieces of The Shining and The Stand.

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Shawshank Redemption is a terrific movie. I need to buy it on DVD sometime.

A Walk To Remember was a book...then a movie with Mandy Moore...good movie.

I'm not even kidding.

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The book I feel that got a crappy deal on the movie edition wasDune. I won't go into details, but I believe that some books should stay as books, and not be marketed to Hollywood.

But, if you want something that was blown out of proportion, get a copy of some short stories by Phillip K. Dick. He's the writer who conjured up short stories taht would later turn into films like Blade Runner, Paycheck, Minority Report, and Total Recall.

Funny thing is, Recall is called "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale". It's fucking funny.

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The weird thing is how movies and TV can effect you when you read the book again. In Bernard Cornwells Sharpe books Sharpe is meant to be from Essex or somewhere similar, whereas in my head its always Sean Bean now. Bastard.

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How can anyone forget about the Godfather? Let us not forget that this is in fact a book transfer.

So were the Star Wars films if I remember correctly, I think The Adventures of Luke Skywalker were published well before the movies. IMO movies with the least about of interior monologue make the best adaptations. Take Harry Potter, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, for example. Harry Potter and Star Wars are more or less dialogue driven, while Lord of the Rings is more scene and image based. All of these books have adapted superbly to screen, albeit with a stacked crew. On the other side, a great book like 1984 was doomed to failure, mainly because the book operates mostly inside of the character Winston Smith's head, something that is very difficult to transfer to screen. For a book like this to work on screen, they have to make significant changes to the way the story is presented, and that is bound to alienate many of the book's fans.

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I thought the Peter Pan novel was translated well in the live action movie Peter Pan that came out last christmas 2003. The difference between the cartoons and the live-action one is that the live-action movie brings the central themes closer and has more events from the novel.

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Ethan Frome blows.

You know, I understand that the Lord of the Rings Trilogy has some good novelizations, by some token guy? any good?

and on the thinner note- if you read the book, they steal a car from the town of bridgewater in massachusetts, and they steal some weird car. the thing is, the day the book came out, my dads car of the SAME EXACT make was stolen

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Trainspotting and Fight Club.

Like nearly every other person on the planet I saw the film of Fight Club first and the book is pretty much the same, only with more stuff of course and even better! Palhaniuk is a great author!

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How NOT to adapt a book into a movie:

Queen of the damned.

Those who read the book and saw the movie know exactly what I'm talking about.

EDIT: Just saw Misery, and I must say, it's one of the best book to movie adaptations I've ever seen. The main premise of the story stays there, and only minor details are left out (except for the way Annie kills a cop in the book is much cooler than the way she kills that old sheriff in the movie... My main gripe. Why the hell was such a sheriff when in the book there's no such character? Oh well, it's all good in the end). I liked it very much.

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