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2013-03-04 07:53:09 AM  
Will the makers of the Robopocalypse adaptation stick with that title, or do they have the imagination to make an even suckier one?
 
2013-03-04 07:54:25 AM  
Ready Player One is a book that would make a great movie if they could get the rights to the other films needed. I'd like it if Wil Wheaton played the bad guy since he narrates the audio books.
 
2013-03-04 07:56:49 AM  
That site shows up as raw html on my Android. Way to go, web designer.
 
2013-03-04 08:00:40 AM  
I've already read them all. The movies are going to suck.
 
2013-03-04 08:04:05 AM  
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a book first?

They are re-making The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

What in the actual fark?

//Track down the original.
///Best. Movie. Ever.
 
2013-03-04 08:05:10 AM  
London Fields is an awesome book but not sure how to make it into a movie.
 
2013-03-04 08:08:22 AM  
Capricorn 1. That's the only one I can think of where the movie was better than the book.
I haven't read them all yet, so FWIW.
 
2013-03-04 08:16:05 AM  
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Still trying to finish this before embarking on more books. In retrospect, trying to read all five back to back may not be the wisest choice, as I'm now a rape obsessed lover of food porn and brutal death
 
2013-03-04 08:16:50 AM  
I'm surprised noone ever thought to make Carrie or Romeo & Juliet into movies.
 
2013-03-04 08:17:37 AM  
Now that I actually read the article, I think Stiller would be perfect to remake Walter Mitty. But the rest are going to suck.
 
2013-03-04 08:18:37 AM  

Carth: Ready Player One is a book that would make a great movie if they could get the rights to the other films needed. I'd like it if Wil Wheaton played the bad guy since he narrates the audio books.


I don't know.  Done right I suppose but I could see it being rather tough to film.  As for the list there really shouldn't be books that have already been adapted on the list despite the re-makes coming.
 
2013-03-04 08:21:39 AM  
Hope they get an actual Indian actor to play Captain Nemo.  James Mason was good but Disney did that story a disservice by whitewashing and minimizing the anti-colonialist aspects.
 
2013-03-04 08:24:29 AM  

LucklessWonder: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 240x320]

Still trying to finish this before embarking on more books. In retrospect, trying to read all five back to back may not be the wisest choice, as I'm now a rape obsessed lover of food porn and brutal death


SPOILER ALERT: The book ends without the author ever providing a story.  Five books in and you still have no idea what the point of this marathon gore porn is.  Is it about who gets the throne of Westeros?  If so, does it matter in the least?  If one side wins out, will anything be different? The answers to these and many more questions will never be answered as you endure this repetative (often near whole chapters), unedited, plodding tripe.
 
2013-03-04 08:26:15 AM  
no, subby, not once. film is never as good as the book. or is that the joke?
 
2013-03-04 08:40:38 AM  

Carth: Ready Player One is a book that would make a great movie if they could get the rights to the other films needed. I'd like it if Wil Wheaton played the bad guy since he narrates the audio books.


I agree that getting the rights to everything referenced in the book will help the movie a lot.  I'm also unsure of how they are planning to do the in-game parts of the story.  Full CGI?  Live-action with lots of effects?
 
2013-03-04 08:43:32 AM  

KrispyKritter: no, subby, not once. film is never as good as the book. or is that the joke?


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Film's better. Not close
 
2013-03-04 08:44:57 AM  

Tricky Chicken: LucklessWonder: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 240x320]

Still trying to finish this before embarking on more books. In retrospect, trying to read all five back to back may not be the wisest choice, as I'm now a rape obsessed lover of food porn and brutal death

SPOILER ALERT: The book ends without the author ever providing a story.  Five books in and you still have no idea what the point of this marathon gore porn is.  Is it about who gets the throne of Westeros?  If so, does it matter in the least?  If one side wins out, will anything be different? The answers to these and many more questions will never be answered as you endure this repetative (often near whole chapters), unedited, plodding tripe.


Yep it's suffering from The Wheel Of Time disease .
 
2013-03-04 08:50:27 AM  
I believe the Great Gatsby, Romeo and Juliet, and Carrie were already made into movies. They would then be remakes.
 
2013-03-04 08:51:22 AM  

LucklessWonder: KrispyKritter: no, subby, not once. film is never as good as the book. or is that the joke?

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Film's better. Not close


See also: Jaws.
 
2013-03-04 08:52:05 AM  

Tricky Chicken: LucklessWonder: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 240x320]

Still trying to finish this before embarking on more books. In retrospect, trying to read all five back to back may not be the wisest choice, as I'm now a rape obsessed lover of food porn and brutal death

SPOILER ALERT: The book ends without the author ever providing a story.  Five books in and you still have no idea what the point of this marathon gore porn is.  Is it about who gets the throne of Westeros?  If so, does it matter in the least?  If one side wins out, will anything be different? The answers to these and many more questions will never be answered as you endure this repetative (often near whole chapters), unedited, plodding tripe.


Daeny's return as Azor Ahai, reclaiming the iron throne, unifying Westeros and defeating the Others would be my guess. Just about everything he has written so far has been related to those points.
 
2013-03-04 08:52:58 AM  
Of the four or five I would actually be interested is seeing, I've already read the books.
Wait. Scratch one of them. "Gatsby" was a bore.
 
2013-03-04 08:54:32 AM  

NeoCortex42: LucklessWonder: KrispyKritter: no, subby, not once. film is never as good as the book. or is that the joke?

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Film's better. Not close

See also: Jaws.



The oceanographer was schtupping the sherrif's wife, in the book.
 
2013-03-04 08:59:22 AM  

Tricky Chicken: LucklessWonder: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 240x320]

Still trying to finish this before embarking on more books. In retrospect, trying to read all five back to back may not be the wisest choice, as I'm now a rape obsessed lover of food porn and brutal death

SPOILER ALERT: The book ends without the author ever providing a story.  Five books in and you still have no idea what the point of this marathon gore porn is.  Is it about who gets the throne of Westeros?  If so, does it matter in the least?  If one side wins out, will anything be different? The answers to these and many more questions will never be answered as you endure this repetative (often near whole chapters), unedited, plodding tripe.


I've decided that it is just fictional historical fiction.  Just like the English monarchy, battles, intrigue but it never ends and really doesn't have a point.
 
2013-03-04 09:01:08 AM  

Carth: Tricky Chicken: LucklessWonder: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 240x320]

Daeny's return as Azor Ahai,

He never gives a reason that this matters.  What is the consequence if it doesn't happen?

 reclaiming the iron throne, He never gives a reason that this matters.  What is the consequence if it doesn't happen?

unifying Westeros He never gives a reason that this matters.  What is the consequence if it doesn't happen? The people are screwed no matter what happens.

and defeating the Others would be my guess. This one seems to have an inherent win/lose scenario, but it is played as a background story
 
2013-03-04 09:04:39 AM  
All this "Game of Thrones" talk makes me glad that Stross is starting a new series in the Merchant Princes universe. It's got all of the political intrigue, but it feels like it  matters to the characters. It also has significantly less TnA, but then again, when your main character is a modern woman thrust into the nobility of a feudal society, it's not exactly the best time for that.
 
2013-03-04 09:04:51 AM  

Cheron: Tricky Chicken: LucklessWonder: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 240x320]

Still trying to finish this before embarking on more books. In retrospect, trying to read all five back to back may not be the wisest choice, as I'm now a rape obsessed lover of food porn and brutal death

SPOILER ALERT: The book ends without the author ever providing a story.  Five books in and you still have no idea what the point of this marathon gore porn is.  Is it about who gets the throne of Westeros?  If so, does it matter in the least?  If one side wins out, will anything be different? The answers to these and many more questions will never be answered as you endure this repetative (often near whole chapters), unedited, plodding tripe.

I've decided that it is just fictional historical fiction.  Just like the English monarchy, battles, intrigue but it never ends and really doesn't have a point.


So would you predict a Sopranos ending?  Perhaps the last chapter can end in the middle of a sentence.
 
2013-03-04 09:16:52 AM  
I just read "Ready Player One", and it was pretty stupid.
 
2013-03-04 09:19:44 AM  

Tricky Chicken: Carth: Tricky Chicken: LucklessWonder: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 240x320]

Daeny's return as Azor Ahai, He never gives a reason that this matters.  What is the consequence if it doesn't happen?

 reclaiming the iron throne, He never gives a reason that this matters.  What is the consequence if it doesn't happen?

unifying Westeros He never gives a reason that this matters.  What is the consequence if it doesn't happen? The people are screwed no matter what happens.

and defeating the Others would be my guess. This one seems to have an inherent win/lose scenario, but it is played as a background story


Azor Ahai is required to return or the Others over run westeros, and eventually the known world. It is the reason Melisandre showed is in the story and why the prophecy has been increasingly important as the series progressed.

Daeny needs to reclaim the Iron Throne and unite the land if there is any chance of them winning. Lots of people are screwed either way but if she doesn't everyone dies. You can see GRRM has been setting some things to unite Westeros around her  up since book 1 like a Daenery/Jon snow wedding and Tyrion working with her.

The beauty of the story is it is told from multiple POVs all of whom are unreliable narrators with limited knowledge of what is going on elsewhere in the world. We're getting enough hints that we as readers know defeating the Others is one of (only?) unifying theme but none of the characters realize it yet.
 
2013-03-04 09:30:07 AM  

Carth: Tricky Chicken: Carth: Tricky Chicken: .

The beauty of the story is it is told from multiple POVs all of whom are unreliable narrators with limited knowledge of what is going on elsewhere in the world. We're getting enough hints that we as readers know defeating the Others is one of (only?) unifying theme but none of the characters realize it yet.


Interesting take.  That would explain the tons of useless narrative the books are choked with.  It gets prety monotonous when you are reading nearly identical text for the second or third time.
 
2013-03-04 09:33:53 AM  
If you ever see any film/TV show/off-Broadway play/puppet show based on a Brad Thor book, run in the opposite direction and never look back. I've had to ead some of his crap at work (proofreader, case you were wondering), and it may very well be the perfect reason to forego that first time-travel trip to kill Hitler and instead kill Gutenberg before he invents the printing press.
 
2013-03-04 09:44:06 AM  
Having looked at the page on my computer, I see they're missing this book:
www.thomaspynchon.com
 
2013-03-04 09:45:10 AM  
I look forward to Great Gatsby, because it is the one time the movie is guaranteed to be better than the book.  It simply is not possible for the movie to suck worse than the book.
 
2013-03-04 09:45:14 AM  

Bob Down: Capricorn 1. That's the only one I can think of where the movie was better than the book.
I haven't read them all yet, so FWIW.


 Another example: "Incendiary."  The book was all over the place and the climax/anti-climax was textbook.  The movie gave the whole proceedings class and sanity*.

And some movies are crap without the book;  I thought "The Road" was a terrible movie; my wife loved it.  After reading the book, I understand how you could like the movie.  But reading is truly a pre-req for that experience.
 
2013-03-04 09:52:03 AM  
Starship Troopers was better than the book.
 
2013-03-04 09:55:13 AM  
Films based on books are never as good as the book, so why say "I preferred the book"?
 
2013-03-04 09:55:18 AM  

LucklessWonder: KrispyKritter: no, subby, not once. film is never as good as the book. or is that the joke?

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Film's better. Not close


I do agree, though I thought the book was great too.  It's a rare instance where the acting and directing in the film was so outstanding, and the scenes so iconic, that it took the novel to a different level.  I really can't think of another instance.  I do wonder, however, if I'd feel the same if I read the book before seeing the movie.
 
2013-03-04 09:58:11 AM  

Tricky Chicken: LucklessWonder: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 240x320]

Still trying to finish this before embarking on more books. In retrospect, trying to read all five back to back may not be the wisest choice, as I'm now a rape obsessed lover of food porn and brutal death

SPOILER ALERT: The book ends without the author ever providing a story.  Five books in and you still have no idea what the point of this marathon gore porn is.  Is it about who gets the throne of Westeros?  If so, does it matter in the least?  If one side wins out, will anything be different? The answers to these and many more questions will never be answered as you endure this repetative (often near whole chapters), unedited, plodding tripe.


Seriously, he's a terrible, terrible writer. He's great with a big plot arc, and creates interesting characters, but his books are horrible to read. Waaaaaaay too long, no point to many many chapters, and by the time I get back to character A, I'm not sure I remember or care what they were doing. Between Ser Whothehellisthatguy and Ser WhyshouldIrememberyou, it gets a bit old, fast.
 
2013-03-04 09:59:13 AM  

elvindeath: LucklessWonder: KrispyKritter: no, subby, not once. film is never as good as the book. or is that the joke?

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Film's better. Not close

I do agree, though I thought the book was great too.  It's a rare instance where the acting and directing in the film was so outstanding, and the scenes so iconic, that it took the novel to a different level.  I really can't think of another instance.  I do wonder, however, if I'd feel the same if I read the book before seeing the movie.


So much of the book is put directly on screen, a lot of the dialogue is kept. I'd say they're pretty close.
 
2013-03-04 10:00:20 AM  

GAT_00: I look forward to Great Gatsby, because it is the one time the movie is guaranteed to be better than the book.  It simply is not possible for the movie to suck worse than the book.


The Great Gatsby's greatest problem is it is required reading in most high schools. Unless you love literature it shouldn't be read by anyone under the age of 30 since you don't appreciate or understand what is really going on in the story.
 
2013-03-04 10:01:19 AM  
They should build the wall between him and audienee
 
2013-03-04 10:02:10 AM  
I have only read 5 of them.... and they are missing Enders.
 
2013-03-04 10:03:29 AM  
Wrong thread
/Maybe, DNRTFA
 
2013-03-04 10:06:05 AM  

Carth: GAT_00: I look forward to Great Gatsby, because it is the one time the movie is guaranteed to be better than the book.  It simply is not possible for the movie to suck worse than the book.

The Great Gatsby's greatest problem is it is required reading in most high schools. Unless you love literature it shouldn't be read by anyone under the age of 30 since you don't appreciate or understand what is really going on in the story.


The Great Gatsby is a 1920s blog.
 
2013-03-04 10:06:15 AM  
A Fifty Shades of Gray movie? Pretty sure I've already seen several variations on that one. Low production values, but I wasn't really paying attention to the plot or the sets anyway.

\What?
 
2013-03-04 10:21:19 AM  
Nice to see 'Monuments Men' on the list. Very good book.
 
2013-03-04 10:30:36 AM  

cptjeff: A Fifty Shades of Gray movie? Pretty sure I've already seen several variations on that one. Low production values, but I wasn't really paying attention to the plot or the sets anyway.

\What?



They should cast Stoya as ...um... (BRB, gotta Google)..."Anastasia."
 
2013-03-04 10:33:37 AM  

EnviroDude: Starship Troopers was better than the book.


Heh, we watched that again last night and had this very conversation.  I believe the movie was much more entertaining.  Plenty of USDA Prime boobage.
 
2013-03-04 10:38:44 AM  

give me doughnuts: (BRB, gotta Google)..."Anastasia."


Wait, really?
 
2013-03-04 10:42:35 AM  
Subby said asshole twice.
 
2013-03-04 10:43:41 AM  

cptjeff: give me doughnuts: (BRB, gotta Google)..."Anastasia."

Wait, really?



Yeah. I didn't know what the character's name was. I figure one of them was named "Grey" but I wasn't sure which.
 
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