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July 30th, 2002, 08:57 PM
Name in your opinion, the biggest liberty taken by Hollywood and their so called creative license, relating to book-to-movie adaptations.

And go on, name your favourite or at least, respectable adaptation.

Mine are as follows:

Worst - The Beach. What did you doooooo?

Best - LOTR (predictable) 13th Warrior (Cr@p book, Eaters of the Dead, Great Movie!!!)

July 30th, 2002, 10:04 PM
Worst: Great Expectations(the modern one with that G Paltrow chick)

Best: Black Hawk Down(not as good as the book but still great)

July 31st, 2002, 12:17 AM
Bad--The Neverending Story
Bad--A simple plan
Hmmm. There's a lot of bad ones, actually. I'll stop here.

Good--LOTR. Didn't like the book, loved the movie.
Hmmmm. Not many good ones, actually. Can't really think of any at the moment.

But I think I'd better avoid Eaters Of The Dead, because I didn't even like the movie.

July 31st, 2002, 11:53 AM
The Mists of Avalon made for tv movie that came out recently was pretty bad. You can't take a 1000 page book and condense it into a 3 hour movie, without losing just about everything that makes the story interesting or meaningful--only the bare bones are present.

I also hated the Harry Potter movie--stopped watching halfway through--although I haven't read the books.

I would agree with everyone else that LOTR was probably the best movie from a book. Jackson did a good job of staying as true to the book as possible.

BTW I liked The 13th Warrior.

July 31st, 2002, 01:26 PM
The Shawshank Redemption and Blade Runner are the best book-to-movie adaptations IMHO.

I don't know about the worst, probably Dune but I stopped watching it after half an hour.

July 31st, 2002, 01:38 PM
Blade Runner was a good movie but in my opinion a very poor book-to-movie translation. Not many things from the original novel are in the movie. Every Philip K. Dick book-to-movie translation has butchered the source material.

August 1st, 2002, 10:04 AM
Very bad - Watchers (Dean Koontz)
Good - The Stand
The 13th Warrior , very good movie !

August 2nd, 2002, 01:55 AM
Stephen King's It - decent adaption, though it was impossible to portray the deepness of the book. I reccommend the everyone read it, and then watch the film for a bit of fun.

August 2nd, 2002, 08:32 AM
Best: Blade Runner, 13th Warrior, Shawshank Redemption

Very good films: The Stand, Black Hawk Down.

Oh my God!: Dune, Harry Potter; The adventures of Baron Munc...

August 2nd, 2002, 02:44 PM
Well...I will start with my all time favorite:


Also good adaptions:
American Psycho (movie is better than ithe book IMHO)

Hannibal (the book ending was ridiculous but thats what made it great)
Every Stephen King book (except Christine)