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Started by Svengoolie 3, November 29, 2018, 07:58:58 AM

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Svengoolie 3

What books have you read because of movies?

I've read adaptations of some movies if the authors we're good,  like 2001 and it's  sequel.  I've read a lot of star trek novels adapted from the movies.
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ER

2002's Crossroads made me head down to CVS in the multiplex parking lot and pick up the adapted novel on the way home. I was disappointed that the source material was so skimpy but the much deeper movie fleshed out some solid characterizations beyond the shallow book. Reading that pushed me to rush back and see the film again, and it made the well-written and flawlessly delivered dialogue more nuanced the second time around. I think we can all agree this was Britney's onscreen magnum opus and she'l likely never again come so close to Bernhardt.
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'Starship Troopers' had me pick up a copy of that book that I enjoy. 'Interview with the Vampire' did the same, but without the enjoyment (if i want to read a book on philosophy I'll pick one up thank you, never mind writing a whole series of books that continually spends many pages discussing the same philosophical concept). Jaws similarly failed to live up to my expectations when I read that one (the ending in the film is much better). The Thing, got me to track down a copy of 'Who goes there?' which surprised me with how much from the short story actually made it into the John Carpenter version.

I'd have to be at home looking at my book collection to see if their are any others.
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* The Godfather (and Part II) - One of the few instances where I think the movies are better than the book.

* All James Bond movies led me to read all James Bond books

* The Hunchback of Notre Dame - The Charles Laughton version led me to read the novel (which I've read at least 4 times)

* Journey to the Center of the Earth - I first read it when I was a kid and was disappointed that some of the people's names in the book were different than in the movie

* Deliverance - I saw the edited version of the movie on television back in the 1970s and loved it. Then I read the book (and did a book report on it) when I was in my teens. Then I saw the unedited version of the movie on DVD. I think the movie is better than the book in some ways (for instance, the sounds of the forest and river add a lot to the atmosphere). But the book goes deep into Ed's mind.

There are probably many others that I can't think of right now

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RCMerchant

Quote from: Dark Alex on November 29, 2018, 10:16:21 AM
'Starship Troopers' had me pick up a copy of that book that I enjoy

I've read most of Robert Heinlein's books. You would think that more of his work would have been made into movies.
But no.  :bluesad:
I'll be the first to admit it's very complicated and ...I wanna say political, except his politics are out there.
Really f**king strange. I like Heinlein.
i don't agree with him alot, but I like him.
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RCMerchant

Dang!
Dracula by Bram Stoker, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. Like Burgo-the Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo, dang! so many!
Supernatural?...perhaps. Baloney?...Perhaps not!" Bela Lugosi-the BLACK CAT (1934)
Interviewer-"Does Dracula ever end for you?
Lugosi-"No. Dracula-never ends."
Slobber, Drool, Drip!
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retrorussell

THE ISLAND by Peter Benchley.  I haven't seen much of the movie but it's critically panned for a reason.  The book was much better.
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Svengoolie 3

The doctor that circumcised Trump threw away the wrong piece.

WingedSerpent

I read Hunckback of Notre Dame when I heard Disney was doing an animated version.  I wanted to get the source material before ever seeing the film.
At least, that's what Gary Busey told me...

justme2013

Jurassic Park
Anne of Green Gables
Star Trek VI
Star Trek V
Black Beauty
Oliver
The Three Musketeers (1973 version)
Swiss Family Robinson

I'm sure that there are others but those are the ones I can recall off the top of my head

316zombie

the first one was seeing last man on earth with vincent price when i was 8. i found the richard matheson book i am legend at the library and promptly began devouring all things matheson.
  and the original twilight zone led me to  a wealth of authors, due to the matheson connection.
  charles beaumont comes to mind, and harlan ellison too.