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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 11:57:40 AM
First Blood. Story is pretty much the same but wildly different tone. For instance, Rambo (no first name in the book) kills several cops before he even leaves the police station, all while butt-naked.
 
2012-03-10 12:01:04 PM

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


The plot and characters suck but, boy, did Fitzgerald have a way with words. It would be like if Leonardo only did hotel paintings. Boy, could he paint but...hotel paintings.

Also, I have yet to see an adaptation of Animal Farm that got the point of the book. Why do writers and directors feel a need to give it a happy ending? The fact that it ended on a bleak note was the point. It was a fable.
 
2012-03-10 12:02:40 PM
The Stand (book) & It (book) crushed their respective "movie" versions.

Any Dean Koontz adaption sucked more than the source novel.

/ymmv
 
2012-03-10 12:03:05 PM

PhiloeBedoe: First Blood. Story is pretty much the same but wildly different tone. For instance, Rambo (no first name in the book) kills several cops before he even leaves the police station, all while butt-naked.


Doesn't Trautman kill him?
 
2012-03-10 12:05:43 PM

jake_lex: 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)


I thought the way Jack and Tyler met was much better in the movie as well.
 
2012-03-10 12:05:43 PM
I can't think of a single John Grisham book that was outdone by its big-screen counterpart.
 
2012-03-10 12:07:41 PM

LucklessWonder: 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.


Don't waste your time with James here. He loves to pop into pop-culture threads and post something to the effect that everyone else in the thread is totally immature. You should see him in Batman threads, he really goes ape-shiat in those.
 
2012-03-10 12:08:01 PM

ShamWowofDamocles: The Stand (book) & It (book) crushed their respective "movie" versions.


Yeah the mini-series of "It" was really lacking in not having a scene where a bunch of guys ran a train on a little girl.
 
2012-03-10 12:09:02 PM
No mentions of Jurassic Park yet? The first book is great and the first movie, while good, does not hold up to the book.

I thought the second book was a lost cause, until I saw the movie they made based of it. The second Jurassic Park movie probably should have been named 'King Kong staring a T.Rex'.
 
2012-03-10 12:10:21 PM
I haven't read Prozac Nation and the only thing I've seen from the movie is Christina Ricci's nude scene, so I can't really say that I'm disappointed by that movie.
 
2012-03-10 12:17:28 PM

Slives: No mentions of Jurassic Park yet? The first book is great and the first movie, while good, does not hold up to the book.


I dunno, the book was really preachy and long winded, even moreso than Jeff Goldblum in the film. A true adaptation would have to be an R rated film, which of course was out of the question. Same with Jaws, although Jaws was much better than the book despite the toned down subject matter.

And like Jaws, Spielberg made the ending of JP much more cinematic, with the T-Rex saving the day.
 
2012-03-10 12:19:31 PM

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.


I liked the mini series as well. It's a little low on the budget, but I thought Alec Newman did a good job going from petulant prince, to a man trapped by his own powers of prophecy, to finally an old, blind hermit that accepts he's too weak to do what needs to be done and washes his hands of the future. I thought he did well as the Preacher.
 
2012-03-10 12:27:50 PM
I disagree Subby. The book didn't have that horrendous sex scene.
 
2012-03-10 12:29:00 PM
List fails without The Lord of the Rings.

Absolutely love the movies, but they're nowhere as awesome as the books.
 
2012-03-10 12:33:56 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: I disagree Subby. The book didn't have that horrendous sex scene.


I think it was the sound track to that scene that butchered it so badly, out of all the songs they could have picked they decided to use Leonard Nemoy's one song with heavy religious overtones.
 
2012-03-10 12:36:00 PM
Have to disagree with Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The book has many sections which read like a Savannah travelogue. And Spacey was awesome in the film.
 
2012-03-10 12:46:47 PM
FTFA:
THE RULES OF ATTRACTION (2002)
The Bret Easton Ellis novel read like fun musings of college life...


I must have read a different novel by the same name.
 
2012-03-10 12:47:06 PM
The Running Man isn't that bad, but it hasn't aged well at all. It's also completely different from the book, so it's a bit of a moot point to say one is better than the other.


Mugato: 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"


I don't recall the Grey Havens being explained too much in the books, though it's been a while since I've read them. The Scourging of the Shire was included with the extended version of Return of the King, I believe. It was obvious cut for time constraints as it would've added at least another 20 minutes onto the end of the film. I can see why people would complain, but it really would've made ROTK much longer than it already was; hell, in the book the ring is thrown into Mt Doom 3 chapters into the second half of the book.
 
2012-03-10 12:48:48 PM
Mugato
Slives:
No mentions of Jurassic Park yet? The first book is great and the first movie, while good, does not hold up to the book.

I dunno, the book was really preachy and long winded, even moreso than Jeff Goldblum in the film.


I don't remember much of the book because I only read it once and that was even before the movie was in the cinemas, so I don't remember details.

But I remember being in the cinema and being disappointed that they removed things from the plot that I thought created the most tension in the book while the movie was mainly a "who will be eaten next"-competition.
I think it was some of them thinking they reactivated the security system when they really didn't (or it only ran on batteries and those gave out later or something); but mostly that some of them not only had to survive, but also had to think of something or take risks to stop a ship with dinos hidden on board in time before it reached the mainland.
 
2012-03-10 12:51:21 PM
An obvious exception that no one's mentioned yet is the novelization of movies. They're usually just a cash grab.
 
2012-03-10 12:51:35 PM
How's about the granddaddy of them all? (new window)
 
2012-03-10 12:52:57 PM

jake_lex: 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)


The movie of Fight Club is definitely better than the book, but its not the ending where it most shows. Its the scene when they're driving in the car and Tyler lets go of the wheel. In the book that scene introduces a never-seen-before-or-after character called "The Engineer" that is very jarring and out of place. The movie handles that scene much better.

Also, I'm going to risk being tarred and feathered by saying David Lynch's Dune is way better than the book. I can't stand Frank Herbert's writing.
 
2012-03-10 12:58:31 PM

BumpInTheNight: The My Little Pony Killer: I disagree Subby. The book didn't have that horrendous sex scene.

I think it was the sound track to that scene that butchered it so badly, out of all the songs they could have picked they decided to use Leonard Nemoy's one song with heavy religious overtones.


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2012-03-10 01:00:28 PM
No Country for Old Men
/yeah I said it. the book is so much more balanced.
 
2012-03-10 01:07:22 PM

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

/Especially Starship Troopers.


The movie was better than the book. The book took itself seriously. The movie was hilarious.
 
2012-03-10 01:07:23 PM
FeedTheCollapse The Scourging of the Shire was included with the extended version of Return of the King, I believe. It was obvious cut for time constraints as it would've added at least another 20 minutes onto the end of the film. I can see why people would complain, but it really would've made ROTK much longer than it already was;

Besides the obvious time thing it wouldn't have worked too well (for me) because the movies didn't really set up the characters of Merry and Pippin and more or less took out (or even a piss on their) time with the Ents.


Oh, and as for the eagles thing, Mugato: I always say that they would have been taken out by Sauron's AA guns.
 
2012-03-10 01:07:49 PM

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


I ruined this movie for other movie goers. I laughed in way too many parts of it.
I guess they thought it was the literal truth. LOL
 
2012-03-10 01:10:08 PM
mybookshelfreview.com

Somewhat better than the book.
 
2012-03-10 01:10:45 PM
The game of thrones is the best adaptation that I have ever seen.
Would actually like to see a list of great books which were made into equally great movies/series.
Roots is probably a good example, except I have never read the book so I cant speak to that.
 
2012-03-10 01:12:28 PM

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

I ruined this movie for other movie goers. I laughed in way too many parts of it.
I guess they thought it was the literal truth. LOL


Did you bust out at Satan Baby? I totally lost it.
 
2012-03-10 01:18:15 PM
www.internationalhero.co.uk
 
2012-03-10 01:18:54 PM
The Mist by Stephen King. I think King even admitted the movie was better than the book.
/great to see The Running Man love in the thread. I'm glad I saw the movie before I read the book, so I could still pretend Ben Richards was still Ahnuld.
//Last season's winners: Whitman! Price! and Haddad!!!
 
2012-03-10 01:19:21 PM

Mugato: 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.


The books do not explain. Although you come to realize that the Eagles are basically God stepping in to save the heroes at worthy points, so they are only used when the heroes' backs are completely against the wall. Also, there were flying Nazgul, so a direct flight would have resulted in getting shot down.

They could have included a throwaway line in the Council of Elrond scene where they shoot down the suggestion.
 
2012-03-10 01:22:07 PM

MagSeven: The Mist by Stephen King. I think King even admitted the movie was better than the book.
/great to see The Running Man love in the thread. I'm glad I saw the movie before I read the book, so I could still pretend Ben Richards was still Ahnuld.
//Last season's winners: Whitman! Price! and Haddad!!!


I now see that I have the thread inverted in my head.
/moar coffee!
 
2012-03-10 01:22:46 PM
I wouldn't say it was a great book to begin with but Sin City was the best comic book...excuse me, graphic novel adaptation to film ever. Rodriguez made the film look like a comic book without literally painting comic book panels on the screen like Ang Lee's Hulk. The only thing that wasn't faithful was that Jessica Alba's character was supposed to get naked.
 
2012-03-10 01:24:09 PM
The movie is always better because nobody has ever gotten a sneaky handjob from his date while reading a book.
 
2012-03-10 01:24:52 PM

booksmart: BumpInTheNight: The My Little Pony Killer: I disagree Subby. The book didn't have that horrendous sex scene.

I think it was the sound track to that scene that butchered it so badly, out of all the songs they could have picked they decided to use Leonard Nemoy's one song with heavy religious overtones.

[Not_Sure_If_Serious.jpg]


Are you seriously not sure?
 
2012-03-10 01:25:05 PM

Mugato: I wouldn't say it was a great book to begin with but Sin City was the best comic book...excuse me, graphic novel adaptation to film ever.


Agreed.

I still think Watchmen was an overrated graphic novel and an underrated film though.
 
2012-03-10 01:26:13 PM

srtpointman: The movie is always better because nobody has ever gotten a sneaky handjob from his date while reading a book.


Bite thy tongue.
 
2012-03-10 01:32:21 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: I disagree Subby. The book didn't have that horrendous sex scenes.


FTFY
 
2012-03-10 01:32:44 PM

FeedTheCollapse: The Running Man isn't that bad, but it hasn't aged well at all. It's also completely different from the book, so it's a bit of a moot point to say one is better than the other.


Mugato: 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"

I don't recall the Grey Havens being explained too much in the books, though it's been a while since I've read them. The Scourging of the Shire was included with the extended version of Return of the King, I believe. It was obvious cut for time constraints as it would've added at least another 20 minutes onto the end of the film. I can see why people would complain, but it really would've made ROTK much longer than it already was; hell, in the book the ring is thrown into Mt Doom 3 chapters into the second half of the book.


Remember that book 2 ended with Deodorant being taken down by Shelob, Sam finding out he was still alive, and Sam going off to rescue him. Also, Helms Deep was not as big a deal in the books. I think the changes made it work better for film. Watchmen could've used some adaptation.
 
2012-03-10 01:33:49 PM
Apparently Android autocorrects Frodo to Deodorant. Write your own joke.
 
2012-03-10 01:35:23 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Oh, and Blade Runner was better than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


Any movie based loosely on a Philip K. Dick story is going to be better then the book.
 
2012-03-10 01:36:20 PM

indarwinsshadow: [www.internationalhero.co.uk image 382x500]


There was absolutely no reason to remind us of that film (a word I use reluctantly).
 
2012-03-10 01:37:09 PM
www.trueknowledge.com

This is my favourite book. I've never actually been able to find the movie (torrent sites to iTunes to libraries and back), so i figure it must be horrible.
That, and its 25% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
 
2012-03-10 01:38:27 PM

bigtotoro: Apparently Android autocorrects Frodo to Deodorant. Write your own joke.


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www.wallpaperbase.com
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-03-10 01:40:04 PM

Slives: No mentions of Jurassic Park yet? The first book is great and the first movie, while good, does not hold up to the book.

I thought the second book was a lost cause, until I saw the movie they made based of it. The second Jurassic Park movie probably should have been named 'King Kong staring a T.Rex'.


So, Godzilla? Because that's what I thought of when I first saw that rampaging T. Rex sequence.
 
2012-03-10 01:40:28 PM

bigtotoro: Apparently Android autocorrects Frodo to Deodorant. Write your own joke.


I was wondering WTF that was about. There's been a lot of autocorrect-ownage recently now that everyone's writing things on their styrofoams.
 
2012-03-10 01:41:19 PM
They missed another one...

www.moviesonline.ca
 
2012-03-10 01:45:34 PM

bigtotoro:

Remember that book 2 ended with Deodorant being taken down by Shelob, Sam finding out he was still alive, and Sam going off to rescue him. Also, Helms Deep was not as big a deal in the books. I think the changes made it work better for film. Watchmen could've used some adaptation.


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