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Old 10-29-2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Movies that are better than the book.

taking this from the Blindside thread.

i think its pretty much a given that the movies never live up to a book. then again its difficult to condense a book that may take 16 hours to read into a 2-3 hour movie.

so are any movies better than the book? if not, what movies DEFINITELY do the book justice?

(where the wild things are may take this honor, but then again who cant adapt a childrens book? cat in the hat anyone?) i am intentionally leaving out comic books as i believe the good ones are all story boards begging to be turned into film.

heres some of my favorites (probably in this order)-

dont think it ever made it to theaters, but Helter Skelter really brings the book to life as does the made for tv jeffery mcdonald murder mystery Fatal Vision.

i love the theatrical version of The Shining.

And the Band Played ON. this made for HBO movie was a great adaption of the book that really captured the drama and magnitude of the AIDS epidemic. excellent cast.

nothing can top irving stones The Agony and the Ecstasy but charlton heston as michaelangelo was really good.

i will never read Dune a second time. couldnt even make it past the 3rd book of the series. watching the movie is good enough for me.

i havent read Lord of the Rings or any of the harry potter books, but i am sure they would rank high on alot of peoples lists.
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I thought Thinner stayed true to the book.
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(Movie name)- A Man Called Horse
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Default Re: Movies that are better than the book.

The Shining is the first example I think of when a film overshadows a written work. Shawshank's gotta be up their too.

I've got two more off the top of my head.. Die Hard & Predator... Both are adaptations & both are better than the source material.

Silence Of The Lambs is the one adaptation which is exactly like it is on the written word. Moreso than any book I've ever read.
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Default Re: Movies that are better than the book.

I rarely go to see a movie when I've read the book that it's based upon. I've been disappointed too many times. I agree that children's books are the exception, and from what I've read about reviews of Where the Wild Things Are, I probably will go and see that movie. Children's tales and the world into which they take us transcend age.

One of my favorite books, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, which is beautifully written and personally struck a cord with me, was made into a movie, yet I instantly knew I'd never go or rent a copy to view it. Just knowing who was casted to play the characters showed me that my perception of the story and what the characters were or even looked like, differed from what I had in my minds-eye. I didn't want anything to change how I saw the story since I will occasionally pull a book off my bookcase to read again from time to time, especially those that I love.

But there are exceptions. Although it came from a series of short stories from Stephen King, Shawshank Redemption is one of the best movies I've ever seen. If all books could translate to the big screen in the same manner then I'd be going to the movie theater more often than I currently do.
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Shawshank's gotta be up their too.

I've got two more off the top of my head.. Die Hard & Predator... Both are adaptations & both are better than the source material.

Silence Of The Lambs is the one adaptation which is exactly like it is on the written word. Moreso than any book I've ever read.
i havent read any of those. i cant imagine the story being better than the movie, but i really need to read shawshank as it is one of my favorites.

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Old Yeller i dont think there is any variation from the movie to the book. the movie absolutely and perfectly brings the book to life. (having seen and read it multiple times, this may be one where the movie is better).

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Ditto....found the book kind of stupid but the movie drew you in.
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Default Re: Movies that are better than the book.

Definately would agree with Jaws and Shawshank.

Off the top of my head a couple others I would consider are:

Stand By Me, since we're on Stephen King. A short story (The Body) from Night Shift. Oh, which reminds me of Maximum Overdrive. Another short (Trucks).

Another SciFi movie I love is Blade Runner. Based on the book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?by Philip K. Dick. A guy in HS got me to read it. Great Movie! Another from him could be Total Recall.

And I'm typing this as quietly as I can because of the surroundings, but I would have to say Gone With the Wind. Margaret Mitchell is practically royalty around here, but the movie is a better than excellent adaptation imo. Yes, this was "required" reading. *snore*
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