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2013-01-27 11:36:52 AM
also, list fails (to troll) without starship troopers :-/
 
2013-01-27 11:37:15 AM
The movie version of "Bridges of Madison County" was much, much better than the book deserved.
 
2013-01-27 11:37:49 AM

divgradcurl: 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.


The book for Jurassic Park was also better since it killed off Hammond. With his hubris, it seemed to proper end to the character.
 
2013-01-27 11:38:34 AM

rickycal78: 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.


And he doesn't talk to God at the end of the movie. I like the movie ending better but to each their own.
 
2013-01-27 11:43:46 AM

rickycal78: 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.


Ahhh....that explains it. Didn't click on TKAM, since that one was right.
 
2013-01-27 11:45:38 AM

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


No, the ending in the book was too farked up. Hannibal and Clarice kill the guy together and then become lovers? That was ridiculous

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NeoCortex42: The book for Jurassic Park was also better since it killed off Hammond. With his hubris, it seemed to proper end to the character.


Yeah but that happens in all those kinds of stories. The creator is killed by his creation because he's an egotistical asshole. It's almost a cliche. JP the book was an R, JP the movie was a PG-13. And I know people hate it when they think a movie should be an R but that's just not the movie Spielberg made. Plus the book went on and on and on with Malcom preaching. Just die already. Of course Crichton had to re-con it that he didn't die for the seqeul.
 
2013-01-27 11:47:29 AM
LOTR!
 
2013-01-27 11:49:13 AM
I'm sort of surprised that Harry Potter wasn't included. I really like those movies and I hope there is another movie or two. I think a movie prequel chronicling Tom Riddell's youth, time at Hogwarts, rise to power, building an army, and the first war; of course ending when Harry's mother stop Voldemort from killing Harry. I think a lot could be done to fill in those blanks.
 
2013-01-27 11:50:28 AM

divgradcurl: 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.


I think Sphere and Congo simply work better as books and really never had a realistic shot at being good movies unless most of the source material was dumped.

If I recall correctly, the movie Sphere was actually pretty faithful to the book. What they should have done was completely rewrite acts II and III -- pretty much what's done with every Philip K. Dick adaption.

Congo should have never been a movie. The book was fast paced and entertaining, but there was just no way that a movie adaption, no matter how loose of an adaptation, was not going to be silly.
 
2013-01-27 11:50:59 AM

hugheric: LOTR!


I think it was excluded for the same reason Harry Potter was... not a stand along film.
 
2013-01-27 12:00:52 PM
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2013-01-27 12:01:43 PM
It diverges a lot from the short story after the first act, but more so than even Blade Runner, of all the Philip K. Dick adaptations it best capture's Dick's wit and sense of humor about the future.
 
2013-01-27 12:07:18 PM

Mugato: Where the hell is

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/movie >>>>> book
//list = abject failure


That is undesputedly #1, perhaps they left it off for that reason?
 
2013-01-27 12:08:53 PM
The Road
The Game of Thrones (really, you dont think of the series as a very long movie? why not?)
 
2013-01-27 12:09:05 PM

rickycal78: 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.


Have the mockingbirds stopped screaming, Thad Beaumont?
 
2013-01-27 12:19:32 PM

Fano: Mugato: Where the hell is

[imgc.allpostersimages.com image 325x488]

/movie >>>>> book
//list = abject failure

That is undesputedly #1, perhaps they left it off for that reason?


They left it off to piss people off and get page hits!

Seriously, the book was not good. It's a credit to Spielberg as a young filmmaker that he made a classic film out of that book. I realize Spielberg didn't write the screenplay, in fact Benchley, the author of the book was one of the screenwriters but still.
 
2013-01-27 12:22:04 PM
Stand By Me is a perfect movie, though Shawshank (from the same book) is just as good a film.

And no First Blood?
 
2013-01-27 12:25:40 PM
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A rather progressive and modern take on the themes found in the novel.
 
2013-01-27 12:29:35 PM
Have to disagree on Tinker Tailor. The BBC series adaptation was much better than the movie. The movie was enjoyable, but departed from the book in a few unnecessary ways that I don't think were an improvement.
 
2013-01-27 12:49:15 PM

T.rex: And no First Blood?


Maybe because they cut the scene where Rambo made Trautman kill him and then turned the whole thing into an action franchise.
 
2013-01-27 12:49:35 PM
tl;dr
 
2013-01-27 01:03:53 PM
I liked both the book and film versions of High Fidelity. I think I actually like the movie more.
 
2013-01-27 01:24:28 PM

Fano: rickycal78: 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.

Have the mockingbirds stopped screaming, Thad Beaumont?


And sometimes... just sometimes... a mockingbird brings the soul back.
 
2013-01-27 01:50:20 PM
Cider House Rules- covered
Jaws (?!)- covered
Exorcist (?!)- covered
Grapes- covered

Carry on, farkers.

/Outsiders? (Ducks)
 
2013-01-27 02:03:21 PM
okay list. as much as I love the LOTR movies( save for How the Ent moot was done) its not that great of an adaptation but i am not sure how much better any one could do it.
 
2013-01-27 02:14:50 PM
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2013-01-27 02:21:27 PM
Still waiting for "Ender's Game"
 
2013-01-27 02:22:05 PM

Bucky Katt: The list should have 42 items.


I see what you did there.
 
2013-01-27 02:53:04 PM

Hawk24: 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.


It was more accurate, but was a crappy book (and movie). Still waiting for the big-screen version of "Setting Free the Bears" or "The Water-Method Man."
 
2013-01-27 02:58:38 PM
Also forgot Bonfire of the Vanities or, if preferred, The Right Stuff.
 
2013-01-27 03:01:55 PM
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Now hear thish. Thish lisht is rubbish.
 
2013-01-27 03:02:00 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: 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.


The Jeremy Irons version directed by Adrian Lynn was a film. Caught it our local arthouse theater when it came out. It was racy enough to be banned all over the place and I think it's out of print as a result of the simulated child sex. I think if you saw a TV version of it they likely removed everything racy (especially Frank Langella's penis as he hilariously flees for his life at the end). I thought that version of the film did a good job of making the audience feel bad for a pedophile, not having read the book I'm not sure that was the point. The ending of that film is one of the best payoffs in any film. The Kubrick version was tame and Peter Sellers was not nearly as creepy as Frank Langella.
 
2013-01-27 03:11:42 PM

Clash City Farker: [seanconneryonline.com image 226x300]

Now hear thish. Thish lisht is rubbish.


Between his impeccable Russian in Red October and his spotless "Egyptian-passing-as-Spaniard" in Highlander, the man was a true chameleon of dialects.
 
2013-01-27 04:40:37 PM
Slaughter House 5?
 
2013-01-27 05:35:00 PM
...

NeoCortex42: the man was a true chameleon of dialects.


You say me he dead?
 
2013-01-27 05:40:39 PM
Gary Sinese's "Of Mice & Men" was damned near perfect. Much better than the 50's version.
 
2013-01-27 06:03:02 PM
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Hi guys. I thought this thread could use a few elves as backup so I brought some from Lothlorien.
 
2013-01-27 06:45:03 PM

Uchiha_Cycliste: I'm sort of surprised that Harry Potter wasn't included. I really like those movies and I hope there is another movie or two. I think a movie prequel chronicling Tom Riddell's youth, time at Hogwarts, rise to power, building an army, and the first war; of course ending when Harry's mother stop Voldemort from killing Harry. I think a lot could be done to fill in those blanks.


Really? I didn't think most of the movies were anywhere near the quality of the books. The seventh and eighth movies were awesome. First and second weren't amazing, but they were very close to the book. Everything in the middle for was a big ole "meh."
 
2013-01-27 07:01:48 PM

wholedamnshow: Uchiha_Cycliste: I'm sort of surprised that Harry Potter wasn't included. I really like those movies and I hope there is another movie or two. I think a movie prequel chronicling Tom Riddell's youth, time at Hogwarts, rise to power, building an army, and the first war; of course ending when Harry's mother stop Voldemort from killing Harry. I think a lot could be done to fill in those blanks.

Really? I didn't think most of the movies were anywhere near the quality of the books. The seventh and eighth movies were awesome. First and second weren't amazing, but they were very close to the book. Everything in the middle for was a big ole "meh."


Maybe I'm just partial. I didn't really get into it until everything was available, (though I did go to the midnight showing of the first HP movie with friends, as a freshman at Cal. Anyways, after I finally saw them, I've really really dug em.Especially everything from The order on the phoenix on. I've gone back and watched em all (or almost all) numerous times, which I don't usually do.
 
2013-01-27 07:51:12 PM
Imma just leaving this here.
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Loved the book years before the movie was a glint in Reiner's eye.
 
2013-01-27 07:59:49 PM
And while we're at it, there's this gem from the pen of Richard Condon. (Prizzi's Honor, Winter Kills, etc)
www.sfgate.com
 
2013-01-27 08:16:53 PM

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 hella awesome. I use it as a companion text for "Beowulf" and the kids love the movie. I miss teaching seniors...
 
2013-01-27 08:28:36 PM
Are all movies made about books...Movies have explosions, special effects, Hot women...Books have????Pages!!!
 
2013-01-27 08:32:29 PM

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

Set up for Zombie Apocalypse?


They other day this movie was on SyFy:

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And the Comcast listing had the description for this:

3.bp.blogspot.com
I had the sound muted and was REALLY confused for a while.
 
2013-01-27 09:16:52 PM
WippitGuud
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.


*facepalm*
 
2013-01-27 10:09:47 PM
List fails without Blade Runner.
Actually, I don't know if Blade Runner made the list. I didn't read it. Fark Short List and their long-ass lists.
Surprise!
 
2013-01-27 11:29:23 PM
This list does not have the right stuff.
 
2013-01-28 12:39:15 AM
Hipster douchebags, listen up; American Psycho is not funny. It is one of the most God-awful borefests ever committed to the printed page. Even the people who defend it have to admit that they flip through its horrible, rambling prose five pages at a time. I enjoyed the movie, which considering how much I hated the novel, is nothing short of miraculous.
 
2013-01-28 12:50:35 AM

NeoCortex42: The book for Jurassic Park was also better since it killed off Hammond. With his hubris, it seemed to proper end to the character.


I do believe Hammond was slated to die originally, but when Richard Attenborough expressed interest, both Spielberg and Crichton felt that that it would be better to save Hammond than to kill Attenborough, so they turned him into the lovable old man that he was in the movie.
 
2013-01-28 09:11:50 AM
I see Jaws and The Princess Bride were mentioned. But where is Jurassic Park? That movie is very well done for that kind of book. I went in thinking, Jaws, The Princess Bride, Jurassic Park, and To Kill a Mocking Bird were on the list. So the list fails big time.
 
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