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#1 of 46 Old 06-02-2004, 06:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What are your favourite book to movie adaptations?

What are your least favourite?

I loved "The World According to Garp" as a movie and book. I also really enjoyed the Lord of the Rings ( I actually think the movies are better!!) and Harry Potter (I still like the books better though) adaptations.

I still haven't seen Mystic River or Cold Mountain yet.... I bet they were good!

I hated hated hated Bram Stoker's Dracula and A Prayer for Owen Meany. The movies were so freaking awful.

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Favorite book to movie? The Thorn Birds without a doubt.
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Lord of the Rings, the obvious choice.

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Best - The Harry Potter movies of course

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Best - Mystic river
Worst - Midnight in the garden of good and evil - so many good actors yet so awful!

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Best-Cold Mountain would be the "best" that I've seen...though I really don't like movies made from books.

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Best--Maybe Chocolat, but not b/c they stayed with the book. They totally changed it, yet I still love the movie. That's rare for me.

Worst--Anything Stephen King. They butcher his stuff!
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I'm drawing a blank here, but I know I have some. Oh, one just came to mind--The Stepford Wives. There wasn't much more to the book than the movie, and I thought the movie was more effective.

I loved the movie The Prince of Tides but everyone who read the book was very disappointed with the film version.

Seeing the first LOTR movie was what inspired me to read the books, and I have to say I like the books better, but I did love the visuals with the movie. Although I found the last movie dragged and wasn't as interesting to me.

My husband really likes the job the film makers did with Harry Potter, but I've never read the books.

I didn't mind Bram Stoker's Dracula, but it was definitely a different take than the book.

I also like Sense and Sensibility

I've heard that some Stephen King books have made good movies, and also Silence of the Lambs.
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The A & E version of Pride and Prejudice is wonderful.

The worst was the adaptation of Emma staring Gwyneth Paltrow.
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I loved Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson & Kate Winslet! I thought Alan Rickman was so wonderful as the Colonel.

I also loved Pride & Prejudice (the A&E version from 1995 and also the one from the 40's with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson).

I liked the Daphne Du Maurier novels that were made into the movies in the 40's or 50's (Rebecca with Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine; My Cousin Rachel with Olivia de Havilland & Richard Burton).

I also liked the Russell Banks novels that were made into movies recently (Affliction and The Sweet Hereafter).

I know there are plenty I don't like but I can't think of them right now...
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I like the Harry Potter movies, but I don't think they're good adaptations, necessarily.
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Best - Toss up between LOTR (They did an AWESOME job sticking with the books) and Harry Potter.

Worst - Of all time, hands down, I HATE HATE HATE the way they did Clan Of The Cave Bear. THey mixed up EVERYTHING and put it out of order. The only thing it had going for it was Darryl Hannah as Ayla.
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Oh, Clan of the Cave Bear was the worst one that popped into my head too! Terrible!

Best, definitely LOTR
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I agree that Austen adpatations seem to work really well. I also liked "The Hours" - but a friend of mine didn't because the mother's character was so truncated.

Worst: "The English Patient" - they completely diminished and infantilized the Indian fellow's charcter in order to expand the dashing European male heartthrobby guy - in the book, they both share the storyline and in fact the book ends in the Indian character's POV with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki -and with a fairly strong anti-war message. ALL of that and more is lost in the movie so that they could bring you a typical Hollywood romance between typical Hollywood characters with the dramatic backdrop of the war. Ugh.
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Best; The Outsiders

Worst; Any John Grisham, they even changed the plot of the last one !
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Best: The End of the Affair by Graham Greene was pretty excellently remade. LotR is another obvious candidate.
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worst, worst, worst: Smilla's Sense of Snow. Totally screwed up the story and the emotions. Terrible casting. And it was such a character-driven story.

don't have a best. Can't remember liking any book-to-movie where I had read the book first.
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Best: LOTR

Worst: The Mists of Avalon a complete butcher job that changed core storylines. Gods it SUCKED!
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Best: "Persuasion" - has anyone seen this? I think I was A&E or maybe BBC? AWESOME. I have liked a lot of the Jane Austen ones too. Also the Merchant/Ivory ones - "Room With A View" was a fave of mine for a long time. I love the line: "Observe my foresight."

I also love Akira Kurosawa's "Ran" which is "King Lear" adapted. That's not really a book tho ...

Worst: I have hated the "Little House on the Prairie" series since its inception. I'm sure Laura Ingalls Wilder is STILL spinning in her grave, poor woman. Michael Landon could not have been LESS like Pa. But that's not really a movie.

SO GLAD someone else hated the English Patient! I hated that movie and got SOOO sick of the hype. I LOVED that Elaine on Seinfeld hated it. I am one of few women alive who doesn't like Ralph Fiennes. Icky.
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I usually strongly dislike adaptations of books I've enjoyed. The exception is Bridges of Madison County - I thought the movie was better than the book.

Another exception is Anne of Green Gables (surprising since it's my favourite book of all time!). The TV movies done in the 80s were great - well, the first one was - the second made me cranky cause they changed so much and i didn't see the third because I heard it was butchered too.
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mists of avalon,
clan of the cave bear
two of my favorite books- BUTCHERED as movies!!!

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Best - The Princess Bride

Worst - Rebecca done by Alfred Hitchcock (I'll have to check out the earlier version because I loved the book) and Running Man (it was NOTHING like the book!)

I thought the first 2 LOTR movies were done really well but found The Return of the King really dragging in last half.
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Worst--The Firm by John Grisham. I was out of my seat (with rage) at the end. Good Lord.

Best--Princess Bride was good, but they left out the different levels as Inigo and Fezzik had to find the Man in Black. That was one of my favorite parts in the book. Harry Potter has been pretty well done.

James and the Giant Peach was good.
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Best- hands down - "Gone With the Wind." I love both the book and the movie equally
also, I recently saw The Hours and I thought they did a really good job turning that into a movie. The book was very complicated and they made it work really well

Worst - "Seabiscuit" - the book was great, one of the best I've ever read. The movie overdramatized everything so it all seemed really corny and exaggerated. The shame is if you just let the story stand on its own (like the book did) it is fantastic. You couldn't make up a better story. The movie also portrayed the characters to be one dimensional and didn't even cover some of the best parts of the story.

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Worst--Anything Stephen King. They butcher his stuff!
ROFL, I didn't catch this the first time around and I was saying the opposite. Some people like the way they do his stuff, I guess. Green Mile, Stand By Me, Shashank Redemption. I personallythink they lost a little bit of the weirdness that made them Stephen King, but the movies were fine. I'm not sure about The Shining. I never read the book, but the movie seemed pretty effective.
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Worst - "Seabiscuit" - the book was great, one of the best I've ever read. The movie overdramatized everything so it all seemed really corny and exaggerated.
OK, so if I saw the movie and didn't care for it much, it will still be worth my time to read the book? Cool.
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I thought the first 2 LOTR movies were done really well but found The Return of the King really dragging in last half.

Hey, me too!
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The A & E version of Pride and Prejudice is wonderful.
I saw that one and liked it, as well as the Masterpiece Theater version I saw years before.
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I thought of a book that was made into a really good movie (even though it wasn't the "same"): Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was made into Blade Runner -- which was fantastic, especially once Ridley Scott got to release the Director's Cut without that saccharine ending.
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I didn't like the movie versions of Lord of the Rings....they had little of the original's spirituality....too much action and violence if you ask me. I think Peter Jackson had his hands tied by the big money executives to some extent. Violence sells.


One of the best book to film adapts I've ever seen would be Stephen Sonderbergs' "Solaris"(with George Clooney), based on the sci-fi classic by Stanislaw Lem. Very deep and beautifully made though probably not everyone's cup of tea.

I loved "The Count of Monte Cristo" with Jim Caravizel. Such an entertaining, swashbuckling film, which yet had a deep message, and great acting. Quite spiritual really, and much better than the long-winded book which I tried reading afterwards. Anyone else here like it too?
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