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    Movies better than the book.

    Discussion in 'Entertainment' started by EBohio, Nov 1, 2018.

    I usually find that the book was better. Any choices for vice versa?
     
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    It doesn't happen too often, but one that stands out for me is The Talented Mr. Ripley. The book characters were hard to fathom. Dickie Greenleaf and Marge Sherwood were amazingly unappealing characters in their book form. As a whole, the story made little emotional sense. The film made better sense, the motivations of Tom Ripley were better presented.

    P.S. Moved to Entertainment. The upper section of the forum really is intended for questions concerning our respective WIP's.
     
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    The Shining is VERY different from the book so that one is a contender.

    Jaws is another one that comes up a lot.

    I would toss in the recent adaption of IT as well mostly because Stephen King, like many of his books, really struggles with his conclusion and in the book the adult segments are kind of a drag.
     
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    I liked the book "Ordinary People" but I enjoyed the movie slightly more.
     
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    How about "Pet Cemetary"?
     
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    Unfortunately, I haven't seen it. It's on my to-watch list. I think it just was added to Netflix...or maybe Amazon Instant. I can't keep those apart anymore. It's a blur.
     
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    Me, I haven't read the book but saw the movie. Stephen King said he scared himself writing it.
     
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    The book was okay but the performances really brought the idea to life.

    The Drivers Seat - anything with Liz Taylor is better. Though Muriel Spark is good.

    The Night Digger - Roald Dahl did the screenplay, much more exciting than the novel.

    Gone with the Wind -- book is really good but the movie really streamlines it cutting out all the stuff you didn't really need.
     
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    Pet Sematary -- book is better, in my view.
    I agree with respect to Jaws. I think the movie is better.
    I'll argue for both Fight Club and The Princess Bride (I liked both books quite a bit; liked the movies more).
    Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version).
    Blade Runner (P.K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is good, but doesn't reach the heights of the film).

    I'm sure more will occur to me.
     
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    Here are three:

    The Godfather ... a very good book, but a masterpiece of a movie

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    (I think that the book was called Who Censored Roger Rabbit) ... a mediocre book, but it provided the scaffolding for a very different movie.

    Hopscotch ... again, a mediocre book, but excellent screenwriting and performances by some great actors made it a small classic.

    I could probably list a half a dozen more if I thought about it.
     
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    I've heard this said before. I'll have to read the book one day--I agree the movie is masterful.
     
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    Godfather Part 2 best in the series, usually sequels suck
     
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    Is it? I've only seen the sequels once, and it was so long ago I don't remember them so well. I've seen the original probably half a dozen times. I'll have to watch Part 2 again.
     
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    Blade Runner made a different book.
    For those who hadn't read "Do Androids yadayada...?", I won't spoil anything. If you liked the movie, please read the book. It's not like the movie, it's another movie for itself and a very goooood one.
     
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    Part 2 is usually listed as the best among the critics and it won more Oscars. Even though I guess he is the protagonist, I really hated the character Michael (Al Paccino) in part 2, a real jerk.
     
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    I found the tragedy of the first movie to result from Michael's transformation into exactly what he never wanted to become, and was so opposed to at the start. Sounds like he moves more fully in that direction in Part 2.

    Come to think of it, I'm not sure I ever saw the third one.
     
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    Yep.

    3rd one not good for me.
     
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    Godfather, Jaws, Fight Club, and A Clockwork Orange.
     
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    I agree on all counts.
     
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    I've been wanting to say this for years. The Manchurian Candidate. I could not relate to the book at all since it was written in the 1940's and the author wrote the dialect as how a Brooklyn accent might sound. Very discracting. I prefer the Frank Sinatra version to Denzel Washington's .
     
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    The Denzel Washington one doesn't even come close to being as good as the original. I agree, the book was hard to read.
     
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    I think maybe some people thought the same thing about "From Here To Eternity"
     
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    Casino Royale
     
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    I actually really like A Clockwork Orange book and movie so it's hard for me to say which is better than the other. One is a brilliantly made film and the other plays with language and psychology in a way that doesn't exactly transfer to screen 100%.
     
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    I'm that way with "Deliverance".
     

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