Better than the book?

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  1. MoonDoggie

    MoonDoggie New Member

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    Like most avid readers I usually say, "The book is so much better than the movie." However, there have been times when I actually liked the movie better than the book. The Postman is one of them and Practical Magic is another. In both cases I saw the movie first and decided to read the book afterwards.

    How about the rest of you? Do you think it matters which you're exposed to first?
     
  2. phil_geo

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    Quitters Inc. is a Stephen King story from the movie Cats Eye that I thought was compelling and had a shocking twist at the end in the movie, but was just "meh" when I read it.

    I'll go so far to say that Starship Troopers was a great summer action flick, better than the book for excitement and action. I'm not saying this movie was better than the book in general, but they made the movie that a lot of people wanted and did a good job.
     
  3. Loerwyn

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    I'm not really of the idea that adaptations are necessarily worse than the text they're from. See, what happens is people have their own ideas, visions and so forth and in a bizarre way it colours what they see because it's not their interpretation.

    I enjoyed the three Narnia films, Coraline, The Black Cauldron, No Country For Old Men, True Grit (the recent one) and other interpretations though I wouldn't say they were better than the book (if I'd read it).

    One of the few that was at least on the same level as the book that I know of is Persepolis, and it has to be watched in French.
     
  4. SilentDan

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    Lord of the Rings.

    What?
     
  5. JimF

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    I thought the Watchman movie was better than the graphic novel, but only by a little. I never really liked the squid.
     
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    I felt that both the movie and book versions of Watchmen had strengths and weaknesses, but the endings, I felt that the movie version was far better than the alien squid thing in the book.

    If you want a great example of a show that actually surpasses the written material, look no further than True Blood. Don't get me wrong, I also own the books and enjoy them, but the show brings so many of the characters to life in a way that you don't get in the books. Also, the show has trimmed out a lot of the unneeded stuff from the books.
     
  7. JunkMonkey

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    Any adaptation of anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs is better than the book - even if it does have Doug McClure in it.*

    Tarkovsky's 1972 Solaris is a vast improvement on the novel.







    *The exact opposite applies to any adaptation of A Philip K Dick story.
     
  8. Loerwyn

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    I'd say the adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is, if not better, then at least is as good as the book. Loses some of its power and message as it's reduced for a film (300+ page combined graphic novel into a single film), but still pretty darned good.
     
  9. Solaar

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    Agreed on Solaris. The book was good, but the film was better.

    HOWEVER, Junk, in my opinion Bladerunner beats 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep' hands down.

    A masterpiece of a film.

    Solaar
    shining eyes
     
  10. JunkMonkey

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    But they lost all the humour! Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is such a funny book. You'd never guess from the film.


    But otherwise, yes, I'd forgotten about that one.
     
  11. Loerwyn

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    In non-genre films, how about True Grit? I'm reading the book, but I think the film (latest w/ Bridges, Brolin, etc) is that little bit better.
     
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    I think the movie Jaws is much better than the book. The Running Man movie adaptation is supremely superior to the book. It's one of the few instances in which I would say Stephen King (aka Richard Bachman) missed the mark.
     
  13. Solaar

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    BLASPHEMY! Ah, ok, the Jaws book was very, very good, but the film itself is in my top three of all time, so it edges it. But only just. The book itself had that great little side-story including 'the affair', and definitely had a lot more life and edge to it. But the film... the film... genius.

    Loerwyn - agreed. When I knew the True Grit film was being remade I downloaded the book to my phone... and wasn't overly impressed.

    Solaar
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    ...erm... True Grit is a genre film. It's a Western.

    I would say any version of Dracula is better than the novel. In fact I suspect that any version of anything by Stoker has to be an improvement on his stodgy prose. I'm even prepared to extend this as far as Ken Russell's overblown bollocks of an adaptation of The Lair of the White Worm and I loath Ken Russell's films (though I do like Amanda Donahoe's norks which were the only reason to watch this and The Rainbow). I'm trying to read the book at the moment. It's awful.
     
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  15. Loerwyn

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    I meant 'genre' as in SF/F/H :p
     
  16. Action Avenue

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    That's what makes the world go around, different strokes for different folks, so to speak. The subplot of the affair in the book, Jaws, is one of the things I did not like. Found it to be an unnecessary distraction. We can agree to disagree. :cool:
     
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    Lord of the Ring is a movie, and its very nice and good movie i really like it..
     
  18. DailyRich

    DailyRich Damn fool idealist

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    I have to agree with Action Avenue, the novel Jaws is pretty weak sauce. There's just no build to it. Hooper's affair with Brody's wife is laughable, as is the subplot of the mayor wanting to keep the beaches open because he needs the money to pay his mob debts. And in the end, the shark just sinks because they finally injured it enough. Really unsatisfying.
     
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    Yes, indeed. The movie was so much more intense and gratifying. In my haste to make the original post, I forgot to mention all other story elements that seemed to weaken the whole story....but I am happy to see you made these other points. Thanks for backing me up!:cool:
     
  20. Solaar

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    Agreed!

    I think...

    Yeah, forgot to mention the hideous ending to the book. So, I stand by my original claim that the film is better.

    And on frickin Blu Ray, don't cha know?

    Solaar
    you can really see the wires