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(Entertainment Weekly)   Twenty-six instances where the book was better than the movie. Watchmen isn't on the list, presumably because the movie was just as good as the book   (ew.com) divider line 196
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2012-03-10 09:01:33 AM  
I don't need no stinkin' slide show to know that the correct answer is "all of them".

/Especially Starship Troopers.
 
2012-03-10 09:03:18 AM  
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2012-03-10 09:11:48 AM  
The Da Vinci Code sucked balls so the movie couldn't have been worse. Same with Gatsby.

And how is this list only 25 long?
 
2012-03-10 09:13:10 AM  
"The Running Man" is a great movie. Perfect when I need something mindless to watch.
 
2012-03-10 09:16:34 AM  
The book is almost always better. The only exception I've come across is Silence of the Lambs. The movie is much better.
 
2012-03-10 09:24:21 AM  

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Thanks.

Of course no Starship Troopers, but I'll absolutely go along with Dune.
 
2012-03-10 09:28:03 AM  

jaylectricity: http://desli.de/3ZW (new window)


You are my new favorite person.
 
2012-03-10 09:28:38 AM  

kxs401: The book is almost always better. The only exception I've come across is Silence of the Lambs. The movie is much better.


V for Vendetta.
 
2012-03-10 09:40:40 AM  

unlikely: kxs401: The book is almost always better. The only exception I've come across is Silence of the Lambs. The movie is much better.

V for Vendetta.


Fight Club, at least in the way it ended (and I think even Palahniuk has said the movie's ending is better than the book's)
 
2012-03-10 09:51:22 AM  
The Great Gatsby sucks, in whatever medium.
 
2012-03-10 10:03:03 AM  
Nice troll subby.
 
2012-03-10 10:42:25 AM  

Mentat: Nice troll subby.


Subby fail because extended length comic books are not a respectable medium.

/irtroll
 
2012-03-10 10:45:31 AM  

kxs401: The book is almost always better. The only exception I've come across is Silence of the Lambs. The movie is much better.


One more exception
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2012-03-10 10:47:11 AM  
Planet of the Apes, the original Charlton Heston version, is far superior to the book. Actually, even the Mark Wahlberg version is better than the crappy book.
 
2012-03-10 10:47:15 AM  
The Iron Giant movie was way better than the book.

/Rare exception is rare.
 
2012-03-10 10:49:45 AM  
Oh, and Blade Runner was better than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

/No expects the Spanish Inquisition.
 
2012-03-10 10:50:40 AM  

Earpj: "The Running Man" is a great movie. Perfect when I need something mindless to watch.


Their claims of why it's not any good is why I watch it.
 
2012-03-10 10:53:30 AM  
Jaws the movie is better than Jaws the book.
 
2012-03-10 10:54:20 AM  
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2012-03-10 10:54:37 AM  
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The book dragged a bit.
 
2012-03-10 10:54:45 AM  
I liked The Musketeers, but it was more a remake of Iron Monkey than an adaptation of the novel.
 
2012-03-10 10:56:33 AM  

Harv72b: I don't need no stinkin' slide show to know that the correct answer is "all of them".

/Especially Starship Troopers.


Jaws would like a word.
 
2012-03-10 10:57:35 AM  
I couldn't get through the first chapter of Dune, so I better stay the hell away from the movie, I guess.
 
2012-03-10 11:01:00 AM  

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Thread over.
 
2012-03-10 11:03:19 AM  

LoneWolf343: I couldn't get through the first chapter of Dune, so I better stay the hell away from the movie, I guess.


I don't see how the movie would make a lot of sense to someone who hasn't read the book, unless you just really want to see Sting and Captain Picard fighting with knives.

The Dune mini-series by Sci-Fi on the other hand, is worth checking out. I think it's a great adaptation and makes perfect sense on its own.
 
2012-03-10 11:04:25 AM  
I have to say that the apes in the tim buton version of planet of the apes were much more "ape" looking then the ones in heston's movie. in spite of what he article says.

1968 version still far superior.
 
2012-03-10 11:09:24 AM  

LucklessWonder: kxs401: The book is almost always better. The only exception I've come across is Silence of the Lambs. The movie is much better.

One more exception
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I prefer the book. I get that I'm the only one. I felt the story was more complete in the book.

This is not to take away from the movie and its sequel, which is an entirely different experience.
 
2012-03-10 11:10:42 AM  

SithLord: BumpInTheNight: [www.filesfeed.com image 428x638]

Thread over.


Whether he was being snarky or not, I agree. The Passion of the Christ was about a guy getting the shiat beat out of him for three hours, getting nailed to a cross and then emerging from his burial cave for some reason. A weird androgynous creature with a creepy midget child rounds out the cast. A movie should not have required reading to make sense, even if that required reading is the Bible.

On that subject, even though I haven't read The Lord of the Rings, I would submit that. The film never explains WTF the "Grey Havens" is, we never get a real resolution to Christopher Lee's character and I'm assuming the book explains why those eagles couldn't just fly the Hobbits to Mordor. And the people I've spoken to who have read the book always complain that there wasn't something called the "scouring of the Shire". With all the time wasted on walking, one would think they could leave room for explaining major plot points.
 
2012-03-10 11:14:08 AM  

NeoCortex42: LoneWolf343: I couldn't get through the first chapter of Dune, so I better stay the hell away from the movie, I guess.

I don't see how the movie would make a lot of sense to someone who hasn't read the book, unless you just really want to see Sting and Captain Picard fighting with knives.

The Dune mini-series by Sci-Fi on the other hand, is worth checking out. I think it's a great adaptation and makes perfect sense on its own.


...

*goes to watch the movie.*

/spice must flow and such
 
2012-03-10 11:16:04 AM  
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2012-03-10 11:16:39 AM  
Forrest Gump. The book was high southern camp, heavily playing on an "idiot savant" theme, that had Gump as a wrestler, an astronaut, a harmonica player in a rock band, a chess wizard and an actor wearing a costume in a monster movie. He didn't take up shrimping, he took up aquaculture. Bubba was a white guy who played with him at Alabama who got drafted with him, Lt Dan didn't turn him into a multimillionaire and his momma was timid mess, always getting ripped off. And the best two characters in the book, the wild man Curtis and the female astronaut with an attitude, were completely left out, along with the best story in the book, the training camp incident where he blew up the boiler.

The movie changed the book into a politically correct baby boomer's nostalgia feel good movie. It became a big hit because it was formula written for a target demographic. But what a disappointment for Winston Groom fans to see what a pile of sh*t they made of his masterpiece.
 
2012-03-10 11:19:44 AM  
i call bull shiat on troy and running man.
 
2012-03-10 11:20:22 AM  
The 13th Warrior was better than Eaters of the Dead, like a kick to the balls is better than a punch to the balls.
 
2012-03-10 11:23:00 AM  

thecpt: i call bull shiat on troy and running man.


Actually, The Running Man book was better than the film. It's highly unlikely that we'll ever see a faithful adaptation of the book though.
 
2012-03-10 11:24:19 AM  
One Stephen King that was better as a movie, Needful Things, the movie flowed better than the book.
 
2012-03-10 11:24:23 AM  
The first Bridget Jones movie was better than the book. The sequel was worse than the book.

The Natural movie was nothing like the book. They completely changed the character of Roy Hobbs, and gave the movie a very different ending. They're so different it's hard to say which is better.
 
2012-03-10 11:25:46 AM  

Mugato: thecpt: i call bull shiat on troy and running man.

Actually, The Running Man book was better than the film. It's highly unlikely that we'll ever see a faithful adaptation of the book though.


It might happen at some point, but certainly with a different ending. Even with a different ending, I think it would still be worth it, though.
 
2012-03-10 11:25:49 AM  
I've never read the book, but I've been told the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is far superior.
 
2012-03-10 11:25:51 AM  
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The only part of the novel remaining in the screenplay was the names of the lead characters.

/turned a bleak, nihilistic tale into a watered-down AfterSchool special
 
2012-03-10 11:26:05 AM  

Mugato: Actually, The Running Man book was better than the film. It's highly unlikely that we'll ever see a faithful adaptation of the book though.


I liked both the film and the book of running man, but they are not the same story. They are both good stories but not the same story.

/The movie probably would have sucked with out Richard Dawson.
 
2012-03-10 11:26:26 AM  

Subdue their bellies: The 13th Warrior was better than Eaters of the Dead, like a kick to the balls is better than a punch to the balls.


What!? 13th Warrior is one of my favoritest movies ever!

/dog can jump
 
2012-03-10 11:26:30 AM  

Mugato: and I'm assuming the book explains why those eagles couldn't just fly the Hobbits to Mordor


IIRC, they have an explanation that really isn't an explanation. You just accept it and move on.
 
2012-03-10 11:30:49 AM  
The Watchmen was an illustrated book for children not an actual "book".

ftfy
 
2012-03-10 11:32:32 AM  

coco ebert: The Great Gatsby sucks, in whatever medium.


Oh, stop. You know it's the greatest novel ever written.
 
2012-03-10 11:38:26 AM  

James Scameron: The Watchmen was an illustrated book for children not an actual "book".

ftfy


Oh look, it's Mr. "I'm way more mature than you guys" again. I'm surprised you didn't mention Camryn Manheim. Oh, wait, is part of the judge's order that you can't mention her online anymore?
 
2012-03-10 11:38:57 AM  
Of the movies on that list that I've seen, I only like Fever Pitch. I never read the book.
 
2012-03-10 11:41:15 AM  

Earpj: "The Running Man" is a great movie. Perfect when I need something mindless to watch.


The thing about the movie was that the book was a completely different game format. The book gave the guy free run of the country but he had to elude capture for a month (he gets a 12 hour head start), any old person off the street got prize money for ratting on him, and he had to send in videos regularly which gave away his location.

Prize: a billion dollars. Show record: nine days.
 
2012-03-10 11:42:07 AM  

James Scameron: The Watchmen was an illustrated book for children not an actual "book".

ftfy


Given the content's level of violence and sexual situations, Watchmen is NOT for children. Sure it's a graphic novel or comic book rather than actual book if you want to view it that way, but it's definitely pitched towards older teens and adults.
 
2012-03-10 11:42:24 AM  

varmitydog: Forrest Gump. The book was high southern camp, heavily playing on an "idiot savant" theme, that had Gump as a wrestler, an astronaut, a harmonica player in a rock band, a chess wizard and an actor wearing a costume in a monster movie. He didn't take up shrimping, he took up aquaculture. Bubba was a white guy who played with him at Alabama who got drafted with him, Lt Dan didn't turn him into a multimillionaire and his momma was timid mess, always getting ripped off. And the best two characters in the book, the wild man Curtis and the female astronaut with an attitude, were completely left out, along with the best story in the book, the training camp incident where he blew up the boiler.

The movie changed the book into a politically correct baby boomer's nostalgia feel good movie. It became a big hit because it was formula written for a target demographic. But what a disappointment for Winston Groom fans to see what a pile of sh*t they made of his masterpiece.


Forrest spent a good portion of the book smoking weed and getting it on with Jenny, if I remember rightly.
 
2012-03-10 11:43:59 AM  
Point of Impact was miles better than "Shooter" with Marky-Mark.
 
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