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.
Although most people have seen the Disney movie Bambi, just out of curiosity I went back to read the original Bambi by Felix Salten, it's author. The book is very good, but to my surprise it has a lot of death in the book (of the animals) for a children's book. The ending has a very strong twist though, which is actually represented by the fire in the Disney film, and it actually works quite well. Both the book and the film are very well done.
The screenplay for the book the Last Unicorn is also excellent and that's because the author who wrote the screenplay for the animated film also wrote the book: Peter Benchley.
I read Ian Fleming's James Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service after I saw the movie. I liked both book and the movie and both are very much almost the same. It is an excellent adaption by director Peter Hunt, and the movie goes into my top 5 list of James Bond movies.
Looking at the graphic Novel: I thought Zack Snyder's adaption of the Watchmen was very intriguing for me. There were times that I wasn't sure about the film in its showy beginnings, but halfway through the movie I really became hooked on it. In the end I thought it was a really good adaption, and thought that it's angry author, Alan Moore, probably should've checked it out anyway.
No doubt book gives is a best friend of everyone it takes to its reader into an imaginary world, but the movies where we can see the imaginary characters performing in real world. We can see or judge the face expression of every character and can see all the activities in real but by reading we have just an idea and imagination about the environment, characters, expressions, etc.
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So I guess I'm the village idiot for saying what should go without saying : 2001 a space odissey.
Also Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky) is one of the best movie of all time, so altough I haven't read the book I guess I'm not taking a huge risk by putting it there.