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getitin
03-27-2008, 12:51 AM
So many tv shows and books have made the transformation onto the silver screen. Do you guys like the idea? Which ones worked? Which ones didn't?

James81
03-27-2008, 01:54 AM
The only movie that ever came really close to matching the book (that I've watched) was "Dreamcatcher" (Book by Stephen King).

They did an EXCELLENT job of sticking to the book right up until the end where they completely and totally trashed everything in the final few minutes.

Another disappointing book-to-movie was "Cider House Rules" (Book by John Irving). The book was excellent and the movie was subpar. They had to cut too much of it out and made some major plot changes that really made the movie bad.

They tell me that "I am Legend" completely messed the movie up too, but I've never read the book.

mothersuperior
03-27-2008, 07:59 PM
I really like the book The Kite Runner, but i totally didn't come out good when it got transferred to film. For the most part I prefer books over their movie counterparts.
I'm a complete sucker for those murder mystery/crime investigation movies and books. I read a book a few years ago that was incredible. It was about how this one cop that spent twenty years tracking down The Green River Killer, and finally helped catch him with the help of Ted Bundy.
I'm trying to get excited about it coming out as a movie, but I'm just hoping that it doesn't totally get hacked up like the rest of them.

maestrowork
03-27-2008, 08:54 PM
Kite Runner the film was mediocre at best.

Atonement, on the other hand, is an awesome adaptation. No Country for Old Men as well as There Will be Blood (albeit only part of the book), too.

Shawshank Redemption -- although I don't know how faithful it is to the story; didn't read it. But the movie is great.

Shadow_Ferret
03-27-2008, 09:31 PM
The Maltese Falcon did the book justice.

James81
03-27-2008, 09:31 PM
Shawshank Redemption -- although I don't know how faithful it is to the story; didn't read it. But the movie is great.

I keep meaning to read this one. It's a very short story too (by Stephen King for those who might not know).

They say the book is ALWAYS better than the movie. If that's the case, then the book must be absolutely fantastic.

Will Lavender
03-27-2008, 09:39 PM
The Shawshank Redemtion is, in my opinion, a mediocre novella. I love Stephen King, but there's not much to that story.

The movie, on the other hand, is great.

So that's one example where the director got a lot out of pretty small source. There are all kinds of plots and subplots that Darabont used that are either nonexistent or given one sentence in the novella.

I also think the Dexter television show -- which I've only watched a couple of times -- is better than the novel. Lindsay's original novel is pretty good, but it doesn't have the intensity of the TV show.

Will Lavender
03-27-2008, 09:41 PM
I keep meaning to read this one. It's a very short story too (by Stephen King for those who might not know).

It's actually a novella. About 150 pages or so.

I gave it to my students once. Had them read King's "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemtion" and then we watched the film. My question was, simply, "Which do you think is better, and why?"

Everyone in the class chose the film, and I had quite a few voracious readers.

Sarpedon
03-27-2008, 11:16 PM
Well, my favorite conversion has to be the Lord of the Rings.

When I heard they were doing it, I was afraid it would be a disaster.

It wasn't...It was really, really good.

And one thing made me really appreciate it; that they knew when to stick to the source material, and when to digress.

The digressions added to the product by heightening tension and increasing characterization.

But while they were hashing out the script, they surveyed people about what scenes in the books were most memorable; those scenes they didn't touch, and put in the movie exactly as they appeared in the book. Scenes like; The hobbits hiding under the log while the ringwraith was sniffing around. Eowyn's confrontation with the Witch-king. The final scene in the crack of Doom (though they streamlined the dialogue a bit)

I thought that was extremely well done.

Hollan
03-28-2008, 12:05 AM
L.A. Confidential is an awesome movie, but I've yet to read the book so I don't know how they compare.

I also thought they did a pretty good job w/ Interview with the Vampire. Cruise's Lestat was right on. And Dunst was an excellent Claudia. Pitt was only so-so as Louie, and someone else should have played Armand, but what are you gonna do?

Oh, and for TV show, Transformers anyone? J/J ^_^

maxmordon
03-28-2008, 12:08 AM
The Big Sleep. Great job hiding the porno and homosexual references without chopping down the plot

Stardust. I am reading it and I thought they did a great job

childeroland
03-28-2008, 12:20 AM
Silence of the Lambs
Manhunter (from Red Dragon)
Lord of the Rings -- as good in its way as the book
The Big Sleep
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Prestige
The Sweet Hereafter

Gravity
03-28-2008, 12:50 AM
The film version of This Island Earth was superior to the novel.

But to flip that, the film version of Raise the Titanic was a travesty. Miscast, muddled, ham-handed, and too short.

Sage
03-28-2008, 12:58 AM
Stardust. I am reading it and I thought they did a great job
I loved the movie. I liked the book. They're waaay different, though.

maxmordon
03-28-2008, 01:06 AM
I loved the movie. I liked the book. They're waaay different, though.

I know. But instead of trying to put a souless word by word adaptation, they put the spirit of the story on the screen

ChaosTitan
03-28-2008, 02:37 AM
L.A. Confidential is an awesome movie, but I've yet to read the book so I don't know how they compare.


Except for character names, locations, and a couple of plot points, they are two very different animals. However, James Ellroy's novel is expansive (it covers eight years, while the movie pars it down to about four months) and has over two hundred named characters (yes, I researched this for a school paper many, many years ago). To make a truly faithful adaptation would probably take a thirty-part miniseries.

That said, it won Best Adapted Screenplay for a reason. The film stays true to the heart of the book and does a fantastic job of reducing it into palatable bites. It has been my #1 movie for eleven years and counting (Lordy, has it really been that long?).

I heartily recommend the book, as well as the others in the L.A. Quartet (The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere and White Jazz).

bluntforcetrauma
03-28-2008, 02:38 AM
I didn't like Dreancatcher. An old dude crapping aliens was just...dumb. Green Mile was done well.

williemeikle
03-28-2008, 02:40 AM
A couple of older TV Shows were made into movies that worked

The Untouchables
The Fugitive

And some didn't

Wild Wild West
Dragnet

PleaseMay
03-28-2008, 11:15 PM
I really like the book The Kite Runner, but i totally didn't come out good when it got transferred to film. For the most part I prefer books over their movie counterparts.
I'm a complete sucker for those murder mystery/crime investigation movies and books. I read a book a few years ago that was incredible. It was about how this one cop that spent twenty years tracking down The Green River Killer, and finally helped catch him with the help of Ted Bundy.
I'm trying to get excited about it coming out as a movie, but I'm just hoping that it doesn't totally get hacked up like the rest of them.

I've never read the Green River Killer (is that what the book is called). Is it any good?I usually like to read the books before I seem them as a movie, but I think this is a different instance because its something that happened in real life. I think i'll check it out. I mean what else really am I doing at 8pm on a Sunday night beside dreading going back to work?

chartreuse
03-29-2008, 12:04 AM
I know a lot of people disagree with me on this, but I really liked the film version of The Stand.

And I say that as someone who loved the book.

chartreuse
03-29-2008, 12:06 AM
One I didn't like, though, was the movie version of High Fidelity. It just didn't work for me. I guess I couldn't get over them Americanizing the film - all of the great humor disappeared.

ETA - On the other hand, I liked About a Boy quite a bit.

underthecity
03-29-2008, 12:35 AM
I really liked King's story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. I thought it was clever and plotted very well. OTOH, the movie was great, too. (One big change was making Red's character black. Red had red hair in the book.) At least the movie answered my question: how did Andy Dufresne escape the prison and just "disappear?" I mean, beyond Red's theories. Where did his clothes come from? Shoes? Ready money?

I won't get into The Shining. It's been discussed and discussed and discussed. I will say this: loved the novel. Loved Kubrick's version. HATED the TV movie.

MASH. The novel was okay. It wasn't written by a "novelist" and it showed. The writing IMHO was subpar and lacking. Robert Altman's movie was incredible. BUT, the movie was based on Ring Lardner Junior's screenplay. Altman used the screenplay as kind of an outline and created his own vision of MASH. Ring Lardner Junior, upon seeing the film told Altman: "Well, you've ruined my movie." Roger Ebert said in his review that he read the screenplay. He said it was terrible. If Altman had directed it like the screenplay, the movie would have flopped. I personally love it. It's one of my top five favorite movies of all time.

allen

WannabeWriter
03-29-2008, 07:04 AM
Lord of the Rings is one of the few great film adaptations of a book. I was so blown away by how it turned out.

magicbus
03-31-2008, 10:11 PM
I've never read the Green River Killer (is that what the book is called). Is it any good?I usually like to read the books before I seem them as a movie, but I think this is a different instance because its something that happened in real life. I think i'll check it out. I mean what else really am I doing at 8pm on a Sunday night beside dreading going back to work?

By some fluke occurance I got some actual alone time last night and decided to just relax and watch some TV. I ended up turning this on and getting completely hooked. I did miss the very beginning so if anyone watched it please fill me in.

I really am hating how LMN put me in suspense though. I wasn't expecting to watch this last night and now i'm sucked in for another night because its a miniseries. I might have to TiVo this because 8pm on Monday is terrible for me but I don't want to miss it.

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ChunkyC
03-31-2008, 10:33 PM
I didn't like Dreancatcher. An old dude crapping aliens was just...dumb. Green Mile was done well.
It was around that point when I stopped watching it. Green Mile, on the other hand, was really good.

The one that sticks in my mind out of those I've both read and seen is The Shining. There's a lot in the book that didn't make it onto the screen, but the movie really captured Jack's mental breakdown.

maxmordon
03-31-2008, 10:40 PM
I loved the movie. I liked the book. They're waaay different, though.

After finishing the novel I must say you were right and I was wrong. Doesn't stop it to be a great book and even greater movie

WannabeWriter
04-01-2008, 06:37 AM
The other thing about books and movies is how movie adaptations can make the book forgotten. In other words, the story is known only for the movie adaptation, but not the original source. For example, does anyone know about the novel Red Alert, from which Dr. Strangelove was based? Or the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer is based on a Lois Duncan novel?

maxmordon
04-01-2008, 06:53 AM
Sometimes a movie can help to be the book more known. More than once I read a book because I wanted to know how was it originally. And in some cases, I still wanna know

ChaosTitan
04-01-2008, 08:20 AM
Or the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer is based on a Lois Duncan novel?

I read that novel a decade before they decided to make it into a slasher movie (and a really bad sequel). She was one of my favorite YA authors. I spent an entire summer reading her and Christopher Pike.

It's always a benefit to the author if the publisher reprints the novel in conjunction with the film release (one of the most recent examples of this is Jumper).

fallingfar
04-02-2008, 01:01 AM
By some fluke occurance I got some actual alone time last night and decided to just relax and watch some TV. I ended up turning this on and getting completely hooked. I did miss the very beginning so if anyone watched it please fill me in.

I really am hating how LMN put me in suspense though. I wasn't expecting to watch this last night and now i'm sucked in for another night because its a miniseries. I might have to TiVo this because 8pm on Monday is terrible for me but I don't want to miss it.

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Did you catch this last night??? I watched the last half of the first one and caught the second one last night. But it was the second night in a row that I missed the first half of the first part. Can anyone fill me in???

Jordi
04-06-2008, 02:17 AM
Conan the Barbarian was a good one - although I did miss the scene where Thulsa Doom's head bounced down the steps after Conan beheaded him. I watched the whole film to see if that scene was in it from the book.

Dibley
04-12-2008, 01:41 AM
I really liked One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, thought it was as fine as the book, which is one of my favourites; and I saw Holes recently, which, maybe because its production and writing was helped along by the author, was every bit as wonderful as the book.