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message 1: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Sometimes it is best to avoid a book turned movie and once in a while there is a movie better than the book. Let's discuss those books that turned into movies.


message 2: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Karin had sent me Flipped because there was a baby chick on the cover of the book and she didn't want to take on her move to Canada. The major change in the movie was taking it from modern day to the late 1950s/early 60s. This wasn't bad, because much stayed the same. Overall crushes, fitting in, family and other things really don't change that much. It was a cute coming of age story.


message 3: by Ronald (new)

Ronald | 159 comments Mod
I was thinking the Scott Pilgrim books made an excellent movie. I would go so far as to say in this case the movie was better than the books.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (Scott Pilgrim, #1) by Bryan Lee O'Malley


message 4: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn | 30 comments I've read the book Flipped, it is one that my daughter's have in their bookshelf. Had no idea it was a movie. Generally I do not watch a movie of any book I have read.
They just can't pack the detail of a book into a movie & I am always disappointed.

I will keep an eye on this thread to see if there are any suggestions of good books that have made a successful movie.


message 5: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell is one book that the movie was so much better. Amy Adams made Julie tolerable and Meryl Streep shined as Julia Child.


message 6: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn | 30 comments I will admit to seeing that movie before reading the book and loved the movie. I haven't read the book but did read Cleaving: A Story of Meat, Marriage & Obsession by Julie Powell. It was a long time ago so I can't really remember if it was terrific, but I did read it all the way through, quickly so it couldn't have been that bad, lol.


message 7: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Ronald wrote: "I was thinking the Scott Pilgrim books made an excellent movie. I would go so far as to say in this case the movie was better than the books.

Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (Scott Pilgrim, #1) by Bryan Lee O'Malley"


I've been meaning to see this movie. Thanks for the recommendation.


message 8: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
I usually like to see the movie first because I can be less critical. I've learned to treat them as twins - they have the same DNA but are not the same individuals.


message 9: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
I think The Help was a good adaptation. However, the author and director have been friends since childhood. I also thought The Hunger Games was a good adaptation.


message 10: by Bill (new)

Bill | 192 comments Four classic works of literature are being released as films this fall.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald gets its umpteenth version starring Leonardo DiCaprio. First off, I hated this book. I hated the 1974 film verision starring Robert Redford. I probably won't give this adaptation a chance.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy I have never read. I did attempt his War & Peace long ago, but gave up. I will try to see the film, and may seek this book out.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien I was introduced to in a high school lit class. I have read it numerous times since then, along with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I am excited about this film, but a little concerned with some of the changes the director is making to the story. Changes in LOTR did not affect my love for the books, nor did they hamper my appreciation for the films. I expect the same for The Hobbit.

And finally maybe what I'm most looking forward to is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The movie is based on the play, which is based on the book. Living in the NYC metro area I have seen many plays on Broadway over the years, and of those Les Mis is by far the best, of any genre, musical, drama or whatever. And I think I can say the book, which I read in the 90s, is clearly one of the best things I've ever read. Few works have left me moved like Les Mis did. I've not put it on my bookshelf because I'm trying to keep it to things I've read since I joined. But I may give this another read.


message 11: by Ronald (new)

Ronald | 159 comments Mod
I always thought the made for TV version of the Hobbit was great. I am kind of dredding the movie version, things that did not need to be changed have been changed (if memory serves). But worst of all the Dwarfs do not look like Dwarfs at all. They look like cut little humans. They do not even have the look given to Gimli in the LoTR movies.

I'm sure I'll still go see the movie, just not with the passion I had with the LoTR.


message 12: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
I've the the LoTR movies and will watch The Hobbit before I read the book. If I enjoy The Hobbit I may read the LoTR series. It seems to be more fantasy than I'm used to reading.


message 13: by Kristin (new)

Kristin (trickpony1820) | 20 comments While I thought the Harry Potter movies were OK, there is so much left out from the books that I'd much rather read the books. I won't watch the movies before I've read the book, so I've yet to see the last 3 movies.


message 14: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
I watched One For the Money which is based off of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I know many die hard fans are not happy with the movie, but I don't think they would have been happy with any version of a movie. I thought they did a good job of trying to keep the spirt of the book. It had been awhile since I read One for the Money, so I didn't remember every little detail. Again - the spirit of the book.


message 15: by Mike (new)

Mike (mikekeating) That's interesting, Kristin. I watched the last HP movie a few months ago and have yet to read any of the books. Somehow I just can't enough interest in the book series to bother.


message 16: by Ronald (new)

Ronald | 159 comments Mod
Mike wrote: "That's interesting, Kristin. I watched the last HP movie a few months ago and have yet to read any of the books. Somehow I just can't enough interest in the book series to bother."

The first Harry Potter book was rather good, quick and short. The 2nd was alright. The final book was way to long. ;-)


message 17: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn | 30 comments I've ready the HP books, but not seen the movies. Loved the books and doubt the movies are as good although I've heard that they did do a pretty good job.
Maybe one day I'll try to take the whole set out of the library and watch them back to back.
As for other books made into movies, I've started the book Cloud Atlas, but haven't seen the movie


message 18: by Ronald (last edited Dec 16, 2012 10:39PM) (new)

Ronald | 159 comments Mod
The final HP movie had so many changes from the book it was rather frustrating. There was stuff cut from the book and replaced with stuff that made no sense at all.

Gave up on Cloud Atlas as it was just so bad I could not get further. Since I had the book from the library and it is not due until after Christmas my mom borrowed it. I don't think she got as far as I did before giving up.

I have a nice stupid SciFi book by Niven and Benford to read. A book that would never be made into a movie (I figure).


message 19: by Joe (new)

Joe Kapraszewski (Moose6619) | 24 comments I'm going to read Barbarians at the Gate, which is was made into a movie as well. I've heard a little bit about it and view it as a modern classic, especially in the business realm. I would imagine a lot of things still ring true 20 years later. I plan on watching the movie afterwards.


message 20: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Back in May when I was packing to go home I caught One Day with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, and I loved the movie. I couldn't get it out of my head so I had to read the book. I think they did a great job converting the movie in to the book.

I checked it out again from the library so I could watch it again - twice on Friday night.


message 21: by Joe (new)

Joe Kapraszewski (Moose6619) | 24 comments Right now I am reading Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella which some of you might know as the source for the movie Field of Dreams. I have a VHS version of Field of Dreams, which I will rewatch... I remember parts of the movie, it's been a long time since I've seen it, but I see the movie while I'm reading it.

One of these days I'll watch Barbarians at the Gate... have to see how I can get it though...


message 22: by Ron (new)

Ron | 7 comments The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)
by Rick Riordan is now a movie and on DVD.


message 23: by Saralinda (new)

Saralinda | 11 comments Last year I took a literature course, and wrote a paper about Wuthering Heights and one of its movie versions. I focused on the music in the movie, and got a better appreciation of how the two different media try to impart something to the reader/viewer. I usually say that the movie version is always "better," but now I appreciate the apples/oranges aspect of the comparison.

These are old movies, but I always felt that the film version of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was nearly as good as the book. And a book/movie that doesn't rise to the same level is "Oh God!" -- it was memorable to me because it's the only movie I can think of that I liked much more than the book.


message 24: by Cathy (new)

Cathy | 4 comments I could not stand the Lord of the Rings books. They were torturous. I agree with earlier comments about Harry Potter but if they were to be faithful to the book and did not edit much of it out, each movie adaptation would be at least six hours long! Eat, Pray, Love: the book started out fine but became more difficult for me as it went on. I have no clue how it can fit into a 90-120 minute movie.


message 25: by Ronald (new)

Ronald | 159 comments Mod
Apparently there will be a movie version of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline this will be interesting. Especially with all the licenses the movie would have to acquire for very popular games mentioned and used in the book.


message 26: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Ronald wrote: "Apparently there will be a movie version of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline this will be interesting. Especially with all the licenses the movie would have to acquire for very popular games m..."

Spielberg is directing so we know that it will be done correctly. I'm sure not all of the games mentioned will be used unless the lead specifically to an Easter egg. I'm sure they are working with the game companies with this too.


message 27: by Mike (new)

Mike (mikekeating) While I am reading Casino Royale, it's interesting to pick out all the differences with the film. I'd heard many times that the Bond movies diverge wildly from the books, but now I see it for myself. Oddly, I'm picturing Connery in my head even though the movie was with Craig.


message 28: by Bill (new)

Bill | 192 comments Mike wrote: "While I am reading Casino Royale, it's interesting to pick out all the differences with the film. I'd heard many times that the Bond movies diverge wildly from the books, but now I see it for mysel..."

Actually the original "Casino Royale" from the 60s didn't star Connery. David Niven played Bond in his only time in that role.


message 29: by Mike (new)

Mike (mikekeating) Unofficial films from outside the franchise don't count, especially since the Niven version was godawful. .


message 30: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Read and watched Silver Linings Playbook. There are a lot of differences between the two.

Movie Positives
1. Made Pat not seem as childlike.
2. The dance was less painful than in the book which would have been very odd.
3. Tiffany and Pat Senior were more likable.

Book Positives
1. Understood Pat more - like him not knowing what happened
2. Enjoyed the bonding with the brother again over Eagles football and the Asian Invasion.
3. Closure with the Nikki situation


message 31: by Mike (new)

Mike (mikekeating) So I finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter #4) by J.K. Rowling and then did a rewatch of the movie. The differences were pretty noticeable.

Do books turned into shows count for this thread? Tonight I started rereading The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick since I've been watching the Amazon series. I haven't read this book in twenty years or so.


message 32: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Mike - that would count. Lonesome Dove, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, should all qualify.


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