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When the film is better than the book

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When the film is better than the book

Post by Kveto from Prague » Thu April 30th, 2009, 9:17 pm

the Master and Commander thread got me thinking about those rare instances when you find a film more entertaining than a book. I know that its really not fair to compare two types of entertainment, each has its merits, but it does seem that people often prefer the amount of detail which a book can go into. either that or its just the snobby answer to say the book is better :-)

just off the top of my head, films i prefered to books.

I like "the 13th Warrior" more than "the eaters of the dead" (but prefer the eaters as a title.

I liked "apocalypse now" more than "heart of darkness"

im sure others will come to mind

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Post by zsigandr » Thu April 30th, 2009, 10:56 pm

It is rare when the film is better than the book, but I would agree with you on the selections that you already have mentioned.

I read a book called Sheep, but actually preferred the movie called The Dark. I ordered the book because the movie had spoken of a Welsh legend of the dead and thought that the book would be interesting. I found out after spending ages searching for the book and buying it on e-Bay that the movie was very loosely based on the book.

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Post by Misfit » Fri May 1st, 2009, 12:01 am

Somewhere in Time. I forget who the author was, very mediocre book.
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Post by Ariadne » Fri May 1st, 2009, 12:24 am

An easy choice for me - The Bridges of Madison County.

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Post by Amanda » Fri May 1st, 2009, 4:17 am

I'd nominate The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

I know lots of people love the book, but I just got frustrated with it.

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Post by Mello » Fri May 1st, 2009, 5:21 am

This is not my personal opinion, but I have a friend who says that any film or TV adaption of Dickens is preferable to reading the book. She’ s clearly not a fan….

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Post by EC2 » Fri May 1st, 2009, 8:13 am

[quote=""Amanda""]I'd nominate The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco.

I know lots of people love the book, but I just got frustrated with it.[/quote]

Agree all the way Amanda. I didn't finish the book, but the film is in my keeper DVD collection - love it.

I'm probably totally out on a limb here, but I preferred the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin to the book. Again I didn't finish the book, but I've watched and enjoyed the film several times.
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Post by Leo62 » Fri May 1st, 2009, 10:20 am

Atonement. The book irritated me, the film was great.

Can't agree about Captain Corelli tho - Nicholas Cage was just wrong wrong wrong! :D

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Post by EC2 » Fri May 1st, 2009, 11:41 am

[quote=""Leo62""]Atonement. The book irritated me, the film was great.

Can't agree about Captain Corelli tho - Nicholas Cage was just wrong wrong wrong! :D [/quote]

LOL! I don't like Nicholas Cage much at all as an actor and could have well stood to see someone else in the role - which would have made the film even better. I loved Christian Bale as Mandras.
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Post by Carla » Fri May 1st, 2009, 1:32 pm

Hunt for Red October. (And not just because Sean Connery was in the film)
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