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message 1: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 22, 2010 08:01PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments For a long time now I've been a bit confused trying to remember the titles of books which are very similar to one another. So I thought it might be a good idea to make note of them here:

Till Morning Comes by Suyin Han (1982)
If Morning Ever Comes: A Novel by Anne Tyler (1964)
If Tomorrow Comes by Sidney Sheldon (1985)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb (1992)

_What Dreams May Come_ (various authors of different books) (See Message #2.)
_What Lies Beneath_ (various authors of different books) (See Message #3.)

Please feel free to add to the list or to elaborate on the above.


message 2: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 22, 2010 08:12PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Below are 4 books with the same titles, by different authors :


What Dreams May Come by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rebecca York, Robin D. Owens
What Dreams May Come by Kay Hooper
What Dreams May Come by Manly Wade Wellman
What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson*

*What Dreams May Come (1998)
(Movie with Robin Williams, adapted from above book by Matheson)
http://www.netflix.com/Movie/What_Dre...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120889/


message 4: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6288 comments I think the absolute worst is when you have a movie made from a book & then they sell the novelization with the exact same title. I, Robot is a prime example. The original book is 8 short stories that are good. The novelization is nothing like it.


message 5: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Jim wrote: "I think the absolute worst is when you have a movie made from a book & then they sell the novelization with the exact same title. I, Robot is a prime example. The original book is 8 short stories that are good. The novelization is nothing like it."

Yes, Jim, that certainly can be confusing to readers. Thanks for pointing that out. I think I recently posted about a book that was written after the movie came out, but I can't remember which book it was. Dang! Wish I had a better memory.


message 6: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6288 comments If they had attributed the novelization to another author, it would have been OK. They didn't, so it isn't & ticked me off.


message 7: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Incredible! I don't blame you, Jim!


message 9: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I have that movie, What Dreams May Come, it was really good. Highly recommend that. I never read the book so I can't compare. The movie has great visuals.


message 10: by Jackie (last edited Feb 27, 2010 10:05PM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I agree with you Jim. I automatically thought I, Robot would be based on the books because they never said it wasn't. I still liked the movie, but I want to see proper credits. Often I will see a movie specifically because it's based on a book. And when you use the title "I, Robot" how in the world could I not think of Asimov? It makes me feel like I was duped, cheated, that I was led to believe it was something else. Granted, I would have seen the movie anyway, but it still annoyed me.


message 11: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 27, 2010 10:17PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Jackie wrote: "I have that movie, What Dreams May Come, it was really good. Highly recommend that. I never read the book so I can't compare. The movie has great visuals."

Jackie, what a coincidence! While you were writing that comment about the movie, What Dreams May Come, I was writing my comments about the same movie in our movie thread. :)
I think we disagree. :)
See my post at:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2...
Message #381


message 12: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments That's OK, Joy, I'm used to be the odd one out on movies. I find that my tastes are unusual in comparison to my female counterparts, I rarely find women who agree with my movie choices.

For example, I rented Ninja Assassin today. I know I'll never find a female friend to watch it with me, I wouldn't even try, LOL
I have a friend Tina who has been trying to get me to see a movie in the theater with her for 9 years. We never want to see the same thing!


message 13: by Joy H., Group Founder (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Jackie wrote: "... I have a friend Tina who has been trying to get me to see a movie in the theater with her for 9 years. We never want to see the same thing!"

Jackie, I have a funny story related to not wanting to see a certain movie. Years ago, a friend of mine suggested that we go with our husbands to see "Midnight Cowboy". I told her I didn't like cowboy movies. LOL So we all went to the same movie theater but each couple saw a different movie, going out for coffee afterwards. Was I chagrined when "Midnight Cowboy" won numerous 1970 Academy Awards as well as Golden Globes and other awards!

Talk about misleading titles! LOL

Here's the IMDb awards page for the movie:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064665/a...

IMDb plot description: "A naive male prostitute and his sickly friend struggle to survive on the streets of New York City."

Netflix description: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Midnight...

BTW, the movie was based on the book: Midnight Cowboy by James Leo Herlihy.


message 14: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments I never saw it, nor do I want to.


message 15: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6288 comments That was a good, horrible movie.


message 16: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments Now that's an interesting comment, almost makes me want to see it.


message 17: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6288 comments Jackie, it was very well acted, but too real to life & depressing. Hoffman & ... John Voigt?... were perfect. It was nasty though.


message 18: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4050 comments Humm, maybe not for me, then. I don't care for depressing movies unless they have something important to say. I think I'll just let this pass, since it's old and I made it this far without seeing it.


message 19: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 28, 2010 06:27PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments I'm not sure if I ever saw the movie either. I do remember seeing clips. Here's a link to a video clip/trailer at IMDb:
"Midnight Cowboy" (1969):
http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/...


message 20: by Jim (new)

Jim (jimmaclachlan) | 6288 comments That's a good intro to it, Joy. It definitely shows you some of the crucial elements; shattered dreams & all.

John Voight is the correct spelling. Right guy though.

Jackie, I'd agree on skipping it. Depressing.


message 21: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Feb 28, 2010 06:30PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Yes, depressing. That would be my take too.
I'd have to be in a strong good mood to be able to take it.
A cloudy, cold winter day is not a good time. :)


message 22: by Joy H., Group Founder (last edited Mar 12, 2010 06:47AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 16697 comments Two books with the same title (both show-business related):

I remember it well (1970) by Maurice Chevalier

I Remember It Well (1974) by Vincente Minnelli


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