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message 1: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (icecheeseplease) I'm reading Harry Potter right now (I KNOW, I'm super late) and since all of the movies are already out I am reading the book and then watching the corresponding movie right after. I'm at the beginning of the fourth book and so I have read/seen the first three. I think that so far the movies have done a pretty good job representing the books.


message 2: by David (new)

David Ranney (davidranney) I tend to agree! I don't think the films get enough credit for handling the book material with class and concern. In fact, I emphatically prefer the fifth film to the fifth book.

To add to the discussion, I think everyone should read AND watch Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day. I enjoy critiquing adaptations, and I cannot think of a more polished conversion from book to film.


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Darren Lee (slappa_da_bass) | 12 comments I have just finished watching the film version of American Psycho and was very impressed with the adaptation. However, the ending seemed a bit rushed and didn't fully capture what I thought was the best part of the book and it didn't quite match up to the horrifying details.

I wouldn't recommend the book for the faint hearted.


message 4: by Andrew (new)

Andrew | 16 comments Fight club. It's the only book I've read where the film is arguably better than the book. not that the book wasn't good but I thought the film was just excellent.


message 5: by Eric (new)

Eric Garand The Prestige.
I loved the book, and I was very pleasantly surprised when watching the movie. Some says that it's even better than the book, I disagree but it's definitely a great movie.


message 6: by Johnzsmith (new)

Johnzsmith | 2 comments I think that Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Stand By Me, and The Dark Half are all great adaptations of the various King books that they are based on. Very little was added to or taken away from these works in the transition to the big screen.


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Prajwalit | 16 comments Woh! I didn't know that The Shawshank Redemption movie is based on a book. Every fantastic movie out there is based on a book, it seems.

Btw, not movie but Band of Brothers tv series adaption is very good.


message 8: by Ricardo (last edited Mar 17, 2013 02:18AM) (new)

Ricardo (ricardob) | 15 comments Lord of the Rings. Some complain of the many changes, particularly on The Two Towers, but they are mostly changes to condense the movement of characters, as a film doesn't provide a sense of passage of time as effectively as a book, and has runtime restrictions.

I should clarify that the extended versions are far superior, and they make a huge difference.


message 9: by Philip (new)

Philip Porter | 12 comments Scott wrote: "
2001: A Space Odyssey
. The book is maybe more clear in spots, but the ambiguity of the film is part of what makes it great."

Ah I had some issues with the film here it changed which planet they visited and in the subsequent books it follows the films rather than the book, which confused me slightly when I read all the books but not seen the film. But otherwise I thought it was good.


message 10: by Anna (new)

Anna (annavipe) Andrew wrote: "Fight club. It's the only book I've read where the film is arguably better than the book. not that the book wasn't good but I thought the film was just excellent."

I was going to say Fight Club, too. Great book, great movie. Even Palahniuk said that the movie was better than his book (though, like you, I don't mean to say that the book is not good, both are awesome).


message 11: by Nina (new)

Nina | 1 comments A mini-series rather than movie, but BBC's Pride and Prejudice is amazing. Very true to the book.


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Ali (obelisk) | 2 comments Darren wrote: "I have just finished watching the film version of American Psycho and was very impressed with the adaptation. However, the ending seemed a bit rushed and didn't fully capture what I thought was the..."

I agree...I've seen the movie years before I've read the book and I really liked it. After reading the book I still like the movie but I felt that the ending wasn't as good.


message 13: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 185 comments Prajwalit wrote: "Woh! I didn't know that The Shawshank Redemption movie is based on a book. Every fantastic movie out there is based on a book, it seems.

Btw, not movie but Band of Brothers tv series adaption is v..."

I believe it is called Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption


message 14: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer | 185 comments I couldn't bring myself to finish Cold Mountain, but the movie is one of my favorites.


message 15: by Johnzsmith (last edited Mar 18, 2013 09:29AM) (new)

Johnzsmith | 2 comments Jennifer wrote: "Prajwalit wrote: "Woh! I didn't know that The Shawshank Redemption movie is based on a book. Every fantastic movie out there is based on a book, it seems.
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Yes, it is Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, it is the first novella from King's collection called Different Seasons. The Body which became Stand By Me, and Apt Pupil, which became Apt Pupil (not a very good movie) also came from this collection.


message 16: by Stephanie, Super Mod (new)

Stephanie (lastnightsbook) | 346 comments Mod
Has anyone seen the Jane Austen Book Club? It was marketed as a chick flick but that wasn't really it. I read the book and saw the movie and in a few ways, the movie brings life into some of the characters, that the book The Jane Austen Book Club couldn't.

Although fans of Austen would probably prefer the insight of the book on her works to the ones mentioned in the movie. The movie I felt did a better job in capturing the essence of connecting/bonding to the characters in the novel, both to the reader and to each other.


message 17: by Ricardo (new)

Ricardo (ricardob) | 15 comments Frank wrote: "The Godfather is pretty much word for word accurate, as is the Shining.

I'm going to have to contest this one. The movie The Shinning directed by Kubrick(if that is the version you're referring to) is quite different from the book. It shares some portions, obviously, but it puts away Jack's drinking problems, and focuses on the horror parts. They're both great, but very different works.


message 18: by Mark (new)

Mark Hebden (unisonlibrarian) | 5 comments I'm not sure about this but there are several that are, dare I say it, better than the book. Jaws for example, the same goes for Jurassic Park but that's a closer contest. I think The Basketball Diaries was a great adaptation. Interview With The Vampire is a great book and film, surprisingly and Casino is again, probably a better film than book.


message 19: by Tima (new)

Tima Davydov (notoriouslynerdy) I don't really have favorites in anything, but as far as books go Requiem For a Dream is up there with them all, so I was prepared to be disappointed by the movie. The movie though turned out to surpass all my expectations and was nothing short of perfect for me.


message 20: by Rose, Mod (new)

Rose (rtrinh) | 153 comments Mod
Bumping this thread as I was having this very discussion with my roommate. She mentioned To Kill a Mockingbird as a great adaptation, and I had to agree with her - but seeing as it's an older film, it went over my head.


message 21: by Alex (new)

Alex (alexgmcm) | 41 comments I think the Lord of the Rings films did it really well - as they visually beautiful and manage to convey the story without having the problem of being hundreds of pages about Hobbits walking around (personally, I liked the books but it's a common complaint).

It's a shame they couldn't have included the part with (view spoiler)


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