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(Short List)   The 40 best book to movie adaptations. Because 30 is too few and 50 is too many   (shortlist.com) divider line 105
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2013-01-27 02:18:26 AM  
No Clockwork Orange.....this list fails.
 
2013-01-27 02:33:15 AM  
The list should have 42 items.
 
2013-01-27 06:28:39 AM  
The list fails without "The World According to Garp."
 
2013-01-27 06:55:49 AM  
No one liked it, but I thought "The Lovely Bones" did a good job of passing along the mood of the book.  And Ang Lee did a wonderful job with "The Life of Pi" even if he couldn't quite nail it.  The movie exists as its own form of art separate from the novel.

"The Lovely Bones" was still a better book.  It's been a long time since I've read something that grabbed me from the beginning not with a story, but with the writing.
 
2013-01-27 08:55:38 AM  
Where the hell is

imgc.allpostersimages.com

/movie >>>>> book
//list = abject failure
 
2013-01-27 09:21:25 AM  

Mugato: list = abject failure


agreed.
but then again it's   img1.fark.net, which is really nothing more than a  img1.fark.net wanna-be.
 
2013-01-27 09:42:09 AM  
Brokeback was a short story, not a book. Speaking of which, the inclusion of Kings's Different Seasons makes no mention of which film is considered for the adaptation. Obvious guess is Rita Hayworth but The Body was magnificent as well. Apt Pupil was a bore.
 
2013-01-27 09:43:53 AM  
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - save your money and get a copy of the (original not US) BBC TV miniseries.

The 2011 version is well acted but cuts out a lot of stuff that is essential to fully understand the plot.
 
2013-01-27 09:46:11 AM  
My vote would be for The Constant Gardener
 
2013-01-27 09:53:21 AM  
No Battlefield Earth? Clearly this is an anti Scientology list.
 
2013-01-27 09:53:34 AM  
Last of the Mohicans? Didn't see it on there.
 
2013-01-27 09:57:56 AM  
I would add The Shining but I wouldn't call the list a fail without it, if faithfulness to the source material is a criteria.

What about Passion of the Christ? Wasn't that based on a book or graphic novel or something?
 
2013-01-27 09:59:52 AM  

born_yesterday: Last of the Mohicans? Didn't see it on there.


Did you ever read the original novel? To think, we missed out on Daniel Day-Lewis disguising himself as a bear.
 
2013-01-27 10:00:47 AM  

Mugato: I would add The Shining but I wouldn't call the list a fail without it, if faithfulness to the source material is a criteria.

What about Passion of the Christ? Wasn't that based on a book or graphic novel or something?


The Shining is on there.
 
2013-01-27 10:03:48 AM  

Mugato: I would add The Shining but I wouldn't call the list a fail without it, if faithfulness to the source material is a criteria.

What about Passion of the Christ? Wasn't that based on a book or graphic novel or something?


The Shining was on the list, middle right

RoyHobbs22: Brokeback was a short story, not a book. Speaking of which, the inclusion of Kings's Different Seasons makes no mention of which film is considered for the adaptation. Obvious guess is Rita Hayworth but The Body was magnificent as well. Apt Pupil was a bore.


The hover text mentions "Stand by Me" but I am not overly familiar with Different Seasons.
 
2013-01-27 10:05:20 AM  
Can't wait for Under The Dome
 
2013-01-27 10:05:56 AM  

Mugato: I would add The Shining but I wouldn't call the list a fail without it, if faithfulness to the source material is a criteria.

What about Passion of the Christ? Wasn't that based on a book or graphic novel or something?


The Shining is on the list.
 
2013-01-27 10:09:16 AM  
Why is "Eaters of the dead" on the list?
 
2013-01-27 10:10:10 AM  

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: born_yesterday: Last of the Mohicans? Didn't see it on there.

Did you ever read the original novel? To think, we missed out on Daniel Day-Lewis disguising himself as a bear.


I confess I did not. However, they showed the movie on the History or some such channel, and I recall a historian praising the pacing of the movie, and calling Cooper's prose somewhat laborious. I was curious whether this opinion was reinforced in this list. How does it compare to the pace of Moby Dick?
 
2013-01-27 10:10:55 AM  

keygrip: No Clockwork Orange.....this list fails.


While I did like the movie adaptation, and the movie ending had a bit of a harder impact, the book ending had a certain poignancy that the movie lacked.

As far as Fight Club goes, I liked the movie ending better. I like the idea that the Narrator has reconciled his personalities and is at large, still out there working Project Mayhem.

The list also picked the wrong Stephen King book to movie adaptation, they really should have gone with The Green Mile for the best adaptation IMO.
 
2013-01-27 10:11:42 AM  

overfienduglar: Why is "Eaters of the dead" on the list?


The 13th Warrior; but I agree, the movie seemed different from the book.
 
2013-01-27 10:13:39 AM  
A movie adaptation that I would like to see done is The Codex Alera.
 
2013-01-27 10:14:04 AM  
I question the relevance of some of the older adaptations. The pacing is simply painful in most movies prior to the late 70's.
 
2013-01-27 10:14:36 AM  

rickycal78: keygrip: No Clockwork Orange.....this list fails.

While I did like the movie adaptation, and the movie ending had a bit of a harder impact, the book ending had a certain poignancy that the movie lacked.

As far as Fight Club goes, I liked the movie ending better. I like the idea that the Narrator has reconciled his personalities and is at large, still out there working Project Mayhem.

The list also picked the wrong Stephen King book to movie adaptation, they really should have gone with The Green Mile The Langoliers for the best adaptation IMO.


Haters gonna hate.

/a horrible movie
 
2013-01-27 10:24:04 AM  

born_yesterday: Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: born_yesterday: Last of the Mohicans? Didn't see it on there.

Did you ever read the original novel? To think, we missed out on Daniel Day-Lewis disguising himself as a bear.

I confess I did not. However, they showed the movie on the History or some such channel, and I recall a historian praising the pacing of the movie, and calling Cooper's prose somewhat laborious. I was curious whether this opinion was reinforced in this list. How does it compare to the pace of Moby Dick?


Cooper could meander a bit, and some of his plotting was outright ridiculous. Moby Dick was paced better. But there's no cetology in Cooper, so I guess you have to take the rough with the smooth.

I highly recommend Mark Twain's literary beatdown of Cooper if you haven't read it already: Link
 
2013-01-27 10:24:05 AM  
"The Godfather" was a great movie adaptation, if for no other reason than Coppola was wise enough to say "Yeah, we probably shouldn't spend so much time dwelling on Lucy Mancini's gynecological problems."
 
2013-01-27 10:25:25 AM  
List is very hit/miss, with some startling omissions (many mentioned above), wrong versions (ditto, especially Tinker, Tailor), but some real spot-ons, such as LA Confidential, The Godfather, Fight Club, Kes,

It's easy to go with Elmore Leonard, since his books are practically ready-made for the cinema, but I would've chosen Out of Sight over Rum Punch/Jackie Brown. Maybe even Get Shorty.

But speaking of Jackie Brown, list needs:
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2013-01-27 10:26:48 AM  
I disagree about Lolita. Kubrick had to censor the content so much it doesn't get nearly as dark as the book does. The TV version with Jeremy Irons came closer, but I doubt that Lolita will ever be made into an accurate film, due to the need of having a child actor simulating sex.
 
2013-01-27 10:27:53 AM  
Also, I found this line from TFA unfortunate:

 The book, which charts a young boy's adventures in a Japanese internment camp during World War 2, certainly deals with these issues.

Yeah, I don't think you can call what went on in a Japanese POW camp an "adventure".
 
2013-01-27 10:30:51 AM  

RoyHobbs22: Brokeback was a short story, not a book. Speaking of which, the inclusion of Kings's Different Seasons makes no mention of which film is considered for the adaptation. Obvious guess is Rita Hayworth but The Body was magnificent as well. Apt Pupil was a bore.


If you click on the book, it tells you which story... and it's the one you missed: Stand By Me.

/should be Rita, Shawshank is my favorite movie.
 
2013-01-27 10:33:57 AM  
Oh, I should have mentioned total missteps as part of the negative stuff. These films shouldn't qualifiers, so Huston's Moby-Dick is a good film considering the time constraints of commercial releases, the technology of the time, and so forth, but it's a shallow, shallow ripple of Melville's monumental wave. LA Confidential, conversely, is a brilliant adaptation, cutting out a significant subplot, eliminating and consolidating characters, and deftly telescoping the story.

As Tyrone Slothrop just said, Lolita is pretty good, considering. Et cetera.
 
2013-01-27 10:37:20 AM  

John Buck 41: The Shining is on there.


Oh. Missed it.
 
2013-01-27 10:40:41 AM  

overfienduglar: Why is "Eaters of the dead" on the list?


Set up for Zombie Apocalypse?
 
2013-01-27 10:42:07 AM  
Three Days of the Condor was much better than the book.
 
2013-01-27 10:44:04 AM  

WippitGuud: RoyHobbs22: Brokeback was a short story, not a book. Speaking of which, the inclusion of Kings's Different Seasons makes no mention of which film is considered for the adaptation. Obvious guess is Rita Hayworth but The Body was magnificent as well. Apt Pupil was a bore.

If you click on the book, it tells you which story... and it's the one you missed: Stand By Me.

/should be Rita, Shawshank is my favorite movie.


The Body = Stand By Me
 
2013-01-27 10:44:52 AM  

PainInTheASP: Three Days of the Condor was much better than the book.



They did tighten it up from six days, but I thought Grady's book was very good. I'd say the movie is as good as the book (but different, of course-it is another medium).
 
2013-01-27 10:51:19 AM  

runcible spork: PainInTheASP: Three Days of the Condor was much better than the book.

They did tighten it up from six days, but I thought Grady's book was very good. I'd say the movie is as good as the book (but different, of course-it is another medium).


Agreed.  My main beef with the book was the Wendy Ross character.  She just wasn't believable.  Other than that, the parts concerning the CIA were great.
 
2013-01-27 10:54:05 AM  

Spanky McStupid: overfienduglar: Why is "Eaters of the dead" on the list?

Set up for Zombie Apocalypse?


If zombies ate the dead, you wouldn't have to worry about a zombie apocalypse.
 
2013-01-27 10:54:10 AM  

CanisNoir: overfienduglar: Why is "Eaters of the dead" on the list?

The 13th Warrior; but I agree, the movie seemed different from the book.


The book was written by Crichton. Movies based on his books always feel different (except maybe Andromeda Strain).

/Seriously, how do you fark up Sphere that bad?
 
2013-01-27 10:54:35 AM  

NeoCortex42: WippitGuud: RoyHobbs22: Brokeback was a short story, not a book. Speaking of which, the inclusion of Kings's Different Seasons makes no mention of which film is considered for the adaptation. Obvious guess is Rita Hayworth but The Body was magnificent as well. Apt Pupil was a bore.

If you click on the book, it tells you which story... and it's the one you missed: Stand By Me.

/should be Rita, Shawshank is my favorite movie.

The Body = Stand By Me


Know how you can tell I never read Different Seasons?

The Stand needs a re-do, IMO. The TV movie just didn't do it justice. At all.
 
2013-01-27 10:54:57 AM  
Silence of the Lambs should have been there. Freakishly faithful to the source material, and I think we all know how well that turned out.

Although quite glad Hannibal wasn't there (Still makes me stabby how they completely botched the ending just to make audiences 'happy'. GRRRRRRRRR)
 
2013-01-27 11:00:20 AM  

WippitGuud: NeoCortex42: WippitGuud: RoyHobbs22: Brokeback was a short story, not a book. Speaking of which, the inclusion of Kings's Different Seasons makes no mention of which film is considered for the adaptation. Obvious guess is Rita Hayworth but The Body was magnificent as well. Apt Pupil was a bore.

If you click on the book, it tells you which story... and it's the one you missed: Stand By Me.

/should be Rita, Shawshank is my favorite movie.

The Body = Stand By Me

Know how you can tell I never read Different Seasons?

The Stand needs a re-do, IMO. The TV movie just didn't do it justice. At all.


I agree about The Stand, but I don't think it would work that well as a film, since it would either be a three-film commitment or way too compressed to fit into one film. It would probably work best as a 12-episode series on HBO. There's always talk about someone re-doing it, but who knows when it will actually happen.
 
2013-01-27 11:01:06 AM  
To Kill a Lamb?
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2013-01-27 11:02:16 AM  

BeatrixK: Silence of the Lambs should have been there. Freakishly faithful to the source material, and I think we all know how well that turned out.

Although quite glad Hannibal wasn't there (Still makes me stabby how they completely botched the ending just to make audiences 'happy'. GRRRRRRRRR)


Silence of the Lambs was on the list, but for some reason they re-used the To Kill a Mockingbird cover for the picture.
 
2013-01-27 11:03:44 AM  

DrPainMD: The list fails without "The World According to Garp."


I like "Garp" (love the novel) but I think "The Cider House Rules" was a better adaptation of an Irving novel. Likely because Irving did it himself.
 
2013-01-27 11:04:32 AM  

BeatrixK: Silence of the Lambs should have been there. Freakishly faithful to the source material, and I think we all know how well that turned out.

Although quite glad Hannibal wasn't there (Still makes me stabby how they completely botched the ending just to make audiences 'happy'. GRRRRRRRRR)



It is there; it's the second To Kill a Mockingbird. My biggest beef with that one is that Crichton's book felt like it was written with the movie in mind. This is different than my assessment of Elmore Leonard's books, which are cinematic but still feel like novels. I read Silence of the Lambs before the movie came out and it felt like I was reading a movie; like one of those tie-in novelizations.
 
2013-01-27 11:07:11 AM  
runcible spork:

It is there; it's the second To Kill a Mockingbird. My biggest beef with that one is that Crichton'sHarris' book felt like it was written with the movie in mind. This is different than my assessment of Elmore Leonard's books, which are cinematic but still feel like novels. I read Silence of the Lambs before the movie came out and it felt like I was reading a movie; like one of those tie-in novelizations.


FTFM.
 
2013-01-27 11:29:54 AM  
Step into my office.
 
2013-01-27 11:31:04 AM  

WippitGuud: Know how you can tell I never read Different Seasons?

The Stand needs a re-do, IMO. The TV movie just didn't do it justice. At all.


Pretty sure Stand By Me was The Body. You had Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body, and The Breathing Method.
 
2013-01-27 11:33:12 AM  

NeoCortex42: Seriously, how do you fark up Sphere that bad?


agreed. same thing applies to 'congo.' jurassic park was a pretty good movie, just nowhere near as interesting as the book.
 
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