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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2013, 04:14:29 PM »

Lord of the Rings is another one.  I really enjoyed the movies, but reading the books was a chore. 

+1 on Lord Of The Rings.  I found the books interminably boring, what with Tolkein's many irrelevant digressions.  "And as they walked, they sang a hobbit marching song" - cue two pages of idiotic crud that does nothing to advance the plot.

But the movies are magnificent.  It's as if Jackson decided to strip out every last hobbit marching song and make LOTR the way it should have been.
I must say that the books get a bit better after Fellowship of the Ring.  Sure, there are still long descriptive passages, but Tolkien stopped writing chapters that could be summed up as "[Characters] moved from [point A] to [point b], where they rested and sang a song."
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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2013, 08:46:41 PM »

Lord of the Rings is another one.  I really enjoyed the movies, but reading the books was a chore. 
+1 on Lord Of The Rings.  I found the books interminably boring, what with Tolkein's many irrelevant digressions.  "And as they walked, they sang a hobbit marching song" - cue two pages of idiotic crud that does nothing to advance the plot.
But the movies are magnificent.  It's as if Jackson decided to strip out every last hobbit marching song and make LOTR the way it should have been.
I must say that the books get a bit better after Fellowship of the Ring.  Sure, there are still long descriptive passages, but Tolkien stopped writing chapters that could be summed up as "[Characters] moved from [point A] to [point b], where they rested and sang a song."
I have owned those books... I probably still do!  But, I never read any of them.  I tried. 
I loved the first movie... the second was half good... I hated the last one. 
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2013, 03:03:12 AM »

I knew I finally had to sit down and read The Fellowship of the Ring before the movie came out. As a kid, I loved The Hobbit, but could never make it through the first Lord of the Rings book. Mostly this was because every ten pages or so I'd have to sit through another lecture on Elvish poetry. But I did sit down and finish the book right before the movie was released--I didn't like it. It was also the only book I had on the plane with me, so that was doubly troubly.

Then I watched the movie and loved it. Seriously, I was not expecting anything nearly that good.

So I read the next two books in short succession, and loved those as well. Was it the movie or are the second two books just better? I vote for the latter.

Kind of in the same vein, the first three Harry Potter books are basically hogwash for kids. They do get better and more complex right around the fourth book, and I'm pretty sure they're designed to be that way. However, the first three books are pretty much repeats of themselves and not that interesting. That being said, Prisoner of Azkaban is an artfully made movie. I'm guessing this is mostly due to Alfonso Cuaron, who is an excellent director. His movie is much better than the source material.
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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2013, 07:09:59 AM »

The Wizard of Oz. I love the Oz books and always will, but they are simply kid's books. The movie, while appealing to children, is one of the best movies ever made. I know many who will disagree, but it has a story structure and depth that most overlook because it is a musical fantasy. Dorothy, a young woman unsure of herself or her place in the world, sees traits she admires in those around her. When she is knocked unconscious, she retreats into herself, unable to return to the "real" world until she discovers those traits in herself, along with the strength to confront her nemesis.

Jurassic Park. Even the author wrote the sequel more in line with the movie than the first book. The book was interminable. The movie was loads of fun.
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« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2013, 07:17:45 PM »

The example I always raise, when this topic comes up is "Lair of the White Worm." (Reviewed at this site.) Or, how to make a good film from a bad book.

(1) Take title from book cover.
(2) Throw away everything else in book.

And let me give this some thought, and see if I can come up with anymore examples.
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2013, 03:49:12 PM »

"Lair of the White Worm" is an example of a book I've read, and a film I've seen. On the other hand . . .

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (Victor Hugo)
Film: ne'er one I disliked, including the animated one.
Book: unreadable

"The 3 Musketeers" (Alexandre Dumas)
Film: ne'er one I disliked.
Book: unreadable

"Les Miserables" (Victor Hugo)
Film: ne'er one I disliked.
Book: unreadable

"Count of Monte Cristo" (Alexandre Dumas, pere)
Film: ne'er one I disliked.
Book: unreadable.

I think I am seeing a trend here.
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« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2013, 08:22:54 AM »

Harry Potter Series

I just always found the films more fun. I grew up with Harry Potter; I read the books but with every book I read I just thought "I hope this'll be in the next movie!"

When I saw the ending to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the theater I leaned back in my chair took a deep breath and said "Ten years and now it's done. Wow..."

Case and Point Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Deathly Hallows book was garbage. It was a checklist of characters who had to die ending with Harry and Voldemort having a two spell long battle. At least in Dumbledore Vs. Voldemort the books described and epic fight scene (which was wonderfully re-created in the films) but Harry Vs. Voldemort the director had basically been forced to go against the book to satisfy fans.

You can bark at me how books are always better but when you say "Harry Potter" Daniel Radcliff comes to my mind.
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« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2013, 07:46:44 AM »

Jurassic Park. Even the author wrote the sequel more in line with the movie than the first book. The book was interminable. The movie was loads of fun.

Agreed: the book seems a little nihilistic while the film was a wonderful adventure ride. That film's ending always makes me blub like a kid.  Smile
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« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2013, 03:53:35 PM »

One thing to consider in LotR books, whenever hobbits travel together, it is a long and boring affair. Note in the first book, they set out from the Shire. Thirty pages later, after many sit down meals and pipe-smoking breaks and all kinds of nonsense--after they waited past the day Gandulf said to leave even if he doesn't show up--they traveled to Bree, which was only half way to Rivendell. Took them over a month or something in the book I think to cross safe country.

They meet up with Strider, and two days and two pages later, they are at Weathertop, almost to Rivendell. As soon as hobbits aren't alone, everything picks up--the pace of the book matches the speed of their travel.

Same happens with Sam and Frodo. As soon as they are traveling alone, them going two days into Mordor takes 50 pages.

I think it was done to show the leisurely pace at which they moved (in Fellowship) and the arduous path they took (in Return).

Course, hobbits being slow-walking, Gandulf-waiting cowards brought the whole of middle earth down to the brink. Had Frodo just left immediately when told, he'd have been in Rivendell months before the Black Riders even left Mordor, and the fellowship would have made it to Mount Doom before Sauran knew what was up.
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« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2013, 10:26:57 AM »

I just thought of another example.

P.L. Travers apparently hated the film version of Mary Poppins based upon her book series. Which is why we never got a "Mary Poppins II," but after and/or before seeing the film, I tried to read the original series of books. One of the few things I have ever found that is absolutely unreadable, which is why I much prefer the movie to the book. And people agreed. The novelization of the screenplay outselling by a wide margin the original books.
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« Reply #25 on: September 30, 2013, 10:02:56 PM »

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And the made for TV movie that King did that was supposedly much more faithful to the book, that was simply horrible. 


I dunno, I kinda liked that version of "The Shining." If nothing else, Rebecca De Mornay was a hell of a lot easier on the eyes than Shelley Duvall.  TeddyR
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« Reply #26 on: October 01, 2013, 12:52:19 AM »

I read the Schindler's List book (I can't remember the name of it off the top of my head at the moment) and found the movie to be much better. The book was great, but it was a work of fiction written to look like a documentary; "based on a true story", that sort of thing. Which p**sed me off a little when I discovered that fact; if you're gonna make a documentary then make a documentary, otherwise you end up with a work-of-fiction mockumentary like one of Michael Moore's films.

Spielberg's movie was simply based off the book, not the actual story itself. So the liberties that Spielberg took with his movie weren't nearly as offensive as the liberties that the book had taken with the true story.
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« Reply #27 on: October 01, 2013, 08:26:46 AM »

I'm currently reading the book "Argo" after seeing the movie and so far I liked the movie better. The book is very dry.
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« Reply #28 on: October 02, 2013, 03:15:50 PM »

The 13th Warrior is vastly superior to Eaters of the Dead. In the book, only the narrator, Ahmed, has any personality, and he's a colossal a***ole.

In the book, all of the characters are much more rounded, and Ahmed is quite likeable.
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« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2013, 10:47:11 AM »

Movies that I liked better than the book?  Every movie based on a book that has ever been made.
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