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(Entertainment Weekly)   Twenty-six instances where the book was better than the film. Really, about the only time that isn't true is with To Kill a Mockingbird and Mystic River   (ew.com ) divider line 199
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2012-10-27 05:18:09 PM  
Generally, any comic book is better than its movie adaptation.

There are exceptions to the rule... like Men in Black, for example.

But most comic book movies are shiat.
 
2012-10-27 05:37:41 PM  
Silence of the Lambs the movie is FAR superior to the book. In the book, Lector has red eyes and an eleventh finger. I like my monsters a little more subtle than that.
 
2012-10-27 05:49:03 PM  
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2012-10-27 05:51:05 PM  
Some of this reads not so much like "the book was better than the movie" as much as "here's a movie I don't like that happens to be based on a book."

I mean, come on. Other than Kubrick, who the f*ck ever read Traumnovelle?
 
2012-10-27 05:59:54 PM  
I really enjoyed "The Ten Commandments". The book, meh.
 
2012-10-27 06:16:49 PM  
Harper Lee quit writing 'cause of pricks like you, Subby.
 
2012-10-27 06:23:13 PM  

Triumph: Harper Lee Truman Capote quit writing 'cause of pricks like you, Subby.

 
2012-10-27 06:56:30 PM  
Shut your whore mouth about Mystic River, subby.
 
2012-10-27 06:58:03 PM  
So says subby who never read To Kill a Mockingbird and/or Mystic River.
 
2012-10-27 07:00:39 PM  
Dune? Running Man? Northern Lights? The trolling is strong with this list.
 
2012-10-27 07:00:54 PM  
Honestly felt that the movie 'Fight Club' was better than the book.
 
2012-10-27 07:03:05 PM  
Hell, even the cartoon is better than the movie.

I'm looking at you Starship Troopers, G.I. Joe and Transformers.
 
2012-10-27 07:03:07 PM  
The Da Vinci Code?

They could have shown a re-run of Hee Haw and it would have been better than that book.
 
2012-10-27 07:04:12 PM  
the Lawnmower Man movie, as bad as it was, was better than the book.
 
2012-10-27 07:05:49 PM  
I thought The Dead Zone was better as a movie.
 
2012-10-27 07:08:05 PM  
I don't think I've ever seen a movie better than the book it was based on. Helll, I can't think of a single one that was even as good as the book. My guess is that unless it's a really crappy story, you're never going to be able to do as much when you're limited to a visual and time-bound medium. And if it IS a crappy story, nobody's going to want to make a book out of it. You'll never hear someone in Hollywood saying "you know what? This book sucks! Let's make a movie out of it- and make it better than the original!"
 
2012-10-27 07:08:23 PM  
There have been 30 film adaptations of the Three Musketeers and each of them have been inferior to the book.

And that's not saying they were all bad films.
 
2012-10-27 07:08:32 PM  
Shawshank redemption and the body were better films than the books.
 
2012-10-27 07:08:43 PM  
The movie "The Godfather" is way better than the novel, if for no other reason than it doesn't bring everything to a dead halt to discuss Lucy Mancini's gynecological problems at great length.
 
2012-10-27 07:08:51 PM  
www.bookpage.com
 
2012-10-27 07:08:58 PM  

Jedekai: Hell, even the cartoon is better than the movie.

I'm looking at you Starship Troopers, G.I. Joe and Transformers.


I rented Starship Troopers just to make fun of it and wound up loving the movie for all its cheesiness. Also loved the book, for completely different reasons. The two are such different styles that I don't really prefer one to the other.
 
2012-10-27 07:11:07 PM  
Hey subby, you're an idiot.
 
2012-10-27 07:13:42 PM  
I like Mystic Pizza.
 
2012-10-27 07:18:15 PM  
Book versions are almost always better than their movie counterparts, assuming of course, the book was written first. There are exceptions of course like say, The Bourne Ultimatum, even though the movie has almost nothing in common with the book.
 
2012-10-27 07:20:33 PM  

tillerman35: You'll never hear someone in Hollywood saying "you know what? This book sucks! Let's make a movie out of it- and make it better than the original!"


can I buy some pot from you?
 
2012-10-27 07:20:36 PM  
Oh god, still not over the travesty that was the Golden Compass movie. How could they have screwed things up so badly?

As far as movies better than the books they are based on, I would say add the Hunger Games. The book was a sappy teen-fest that taught me not to ever trust Fark recommendations again, while the movie was 'meh' overall but competent.
 
2012-10-27 07:24:16 PM  

kxs401: Silence of the Lambs the movie is FAR superior to the book. In the book, Lector has red eyes and an eleventh finger. I like my monsters a little more subtle than that.


Hannibal was also a better film than the book. Not that the film was a great piece of art but in the novel, Clarice and Hannibal become lovers for some reason.

Biggest example of film > book...Jaws.
 
2012-10-27 07:25:48 PM  

The Whore Of Mensa: Jedekai: Hell, even the cartoon is better than the movie.

I'm looking at you Starship Troopers, G.I. Joe and Transformers.

I rented Starship Troopers just to make fun of it and wound up loving the movie for all its cheesiness. Also loved the book, for completely different reasons. The two are such different styles that I don't really prefer one to the other.


Yeah, they have such different takes and tones and that I can appreciate both separately.
 
2012-10-27 07:27:21 PM  

tillerman35: I don't think I've ever seen a movie better than the book it was based on. Helll, I can't think of a single one that was even as good as the book. My guess is that unless it's a really crappy story, you're never going to be able to do as much when you're limited to a visual and time-bound medium. And if it IS a crappy story, nobody's going to want to make a book out of it. You'll never hear someone in Hollywood saying "you know what? This book sucks! Let's make a movie out of it- and make it better than the original!"


The best movies based on books are usually movies that take the concept of the book and then do something else. Or that extract the basic storyline and just tell that story and discard all the other subplots and additional characters. Good example "Silence of the Lambs." It distilled the storyline and made it about Clarice and Lecter and abandoned all the rest about Buffalo Bill and Clarice's family and Crawford's wife. All that was important to the book--we didn't need it in the movie.

Bad movies based on books either take a concept and do something wrong with it, or they try to tell the whole story, subplots and all, and then it all has to be chopped out and the audience is left going what? Most of the adaptations of Stephen King's books are like that. He writes these long, involved, subplot-rich tales, which are just not suited for a 95-minute movie treatment, and Hollywood keeps trying to pull out the scary parts and make movies out of them. It just can't be done. You really NEED to know all the different working parts of a King story for it to be scary, and telling just a little bit doesn't work. Or it will be scary--but it won't really be based on the book anymore, it will be a movie with the same title but have nothing to do with the story.
 
2012-10-27 07:28:58 PM  
Reading sucks
 
2012-10-27 07:30:36 PM  
Can we expand it to TV shows? If so, Dexter takes an easy victory lap. I hated seasons six and seven, but even they weren't as bad as the third and fourth books*.

*Apparently there are six now? Meh.
 
2012-10-27 07:32:16 PM  
THE DA VINCI CODE (2006)

So the book sucked *slightly* less than the movie.


The Whore Of Mensa: Honestly felt that the movie 'Fight Club' was better than the book.


You're not alone. The author himself liked it more, too, iirc.
 
2012-10-27 07:32:41 PM  

tillerman35: I don't think I've ever seen a movie better than the book it was based on. Helll, I can't think of a single one that was even as good as the book


Again, Jaws, shiatty book. awesome movie.
 
2012-10-27 07:34:24 PM  
Lump me in with the "Subby's an idiot" crowd because as mindblowingly wonderful as the movie was,To Kill a Mockingbird was a much better book.
Although,if you watch the movie and then read the book you'll hear Gregory Peck in your head when you read Atticus. It actually makes the experience even more enjoyable.
 
2012-10-27 07:36:30 PM  
SPHERE (1998)

Aw geez, did they have to remind me of that piece of garbage? I'd blotted it out of my memory.

Possibly the most glaring case of "Awesome cast, utterly terrible movie" I can think of.
 
2012-10-27 07:37:31 PM  

RockChalkH1N1: Reading sucks


www.nigelparesis.com

Enjoy your Waffle House job.
 
2012-10-27 07:37:44 PM  
Not a film, but the Dexter show is a lot better than the book.
 
2012-10-27 07:42:24 PM  
Seth'n'Spectrum
As far as movies better than the books they are based on, I would say add the Hunger Games. The book was a sappy teen-fest that taught me not to ever trust Fark recommendations again, while the movie was 'meh' overall but competent.


OTOH the movie's shakycam gave me a headache.
 
2012-10-27 07:43:08 PM  
Off the top of my head...

Jaws, Fight Club, Forrest Gump. All much better movies than books.
 
2012-10-27 07:43:21 PM  

Mugato: tillerman35: I don't think I've ever seen a movie better than the book it was based on. Helll, I can't think of a single one that was even as good as the book

Again, Jaws, shiatty book. awesome movie.


This. Jaws the book sucked. Hooper and Mrs Brody? Really? In the middle of the shark attacks we move the plot to a seedy affair?

And To Kill a Mockingbird? Great movie; even better book.
 
2012-10-27 07:45:40 PM  
The Relic.... Just a horrible movie. Decent book
 
2012-10-27 07:46:13 PM  

JonZoidberg: Not a film, but the Dexter show is a lot better than the book.


I haven't read the Dexter books but I heard there's a demon involved that's responsible for Dexter's murders? If so, that sucks. If they bring that into the show than I'm out.
 
2012-10-27 07:51:30 PM  
Came to say Fight Club also, but it's been covered.
 
2012-10-27 07:53:55 PM  
I really enjoyed The Cotton Club, but I didn't read the book, so I can't really add to that.
 
2012-10-27 07:56:52 PM  
The Hunt For Red October: better movie than book. Discuss.
 
2012-10-27 07:57:58 PM  

Mugato: JonZoidberg: Not a film, but the Dexter show is a lot better than the book.

I haven't read the Dexter books but I heard there's a demon involved that's responsible for Dexter's murders? If so, that sucks. If they bring that into the show than I'm out.


I doubt that it will be brought in because significant plot points from even the first book have been ignored by the show.

SPOILERS:

While chasing down the Ice Truck Killer, Dexter kills LaGuerta and his brother escapes alive. Imagine Seasons 2-? without LaGuerta???
Doakes survives what killed him in the show, and hangs around Miami homicide as an amputee but keeps Dexter's secret. WTF??
Astor and Cody become psychopaths after Rita is killed ala Dexter's transformation.
You are correct. The "Dark Passenger" becomes a character instead of just a metaphor. WTF.

END SPOILERS
 
2012-10-27 08:01:02 PM  

lacydog: Off the top of my head...

Jaws, Fight Club, Forrest Gump. All much better movies than books.


Yes. Especially Forrest Gump. I know people like to hate on the movie because it's schmaltzy, but my god the book is just awful.
 
2012-10-27 08:04:57 PM  

The Shining. I loved the book when I was younger, and went to re-read after seeing Kubrick's interpretation one time, much later in life.

Stephen King was one of my favourite authors back in the day. I wouldn't even bother these days based on that experience.

Also, FTA:

THE RULES OF ATTRACTION (2002)
The Bret Easton Ellis novel read like fun musings of college life; the Roger Avery-directed flick was more like a nightmare of terrible human behavior.


If TRoA reads "like fun musings of college life" to you, you should probably seek help. Haven't read it in ages, but I'm pretty sure it's quite dark and depressing and was pretty well adapted by Avery.

Now all they need to do is adapt Lunar Park for the big screen, and that's a shoo-in for a film better than the book it's based on.

/Ben Stiller took care of the Glamorama film.
//And, as I recall, settled out of court with Easton Ellis.
 
2012-10-27 08:14:56 PM  

JonZoidberg: SPOILERS:

While chasing down the Ice Truck Killer, Dexter kills LaGuerta and his brother escapes alive. Imagine Seasons 2-? without LaGuerta???
Doakes survives what killed him in the show, and hangs around Miami homicide as an amputee but keeps Dexter's secret. WTF??
Astor and Cody become psychopaths after Rita is killed ala Dexter's transformation.
You are correct. The "Dark Passenger" becomes a character instead of just a metaphor. WTF.

END SPOILERS


Wow, that sounds horrible. I'm glad the writers of the show are doing their own thing. I like how this season is going, with Deb slowly getting on board.

Dogmatrix: Yes. Especially Forrest Gump. I know people like to hate on the movie because it's schmaltzy, but my god the book is just awful.


If Forrest Gump the movie had a set of balls I would punch them like it was a speed bag so if the book is even worse, it must really suck.
 
2012-10-27 08:20:53 PM  
Children of Men, much better than the PD James novel
 
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