Books made into Movies

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by random3434, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. random3434
    Offline

    random3434 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    25,903
    Thanks Received:
    7,188
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +7,194
    I love to read, as I'm sure most of us on here do. When I read a book, I have the characters looks and voices in my mind as I read.


    When I hear they are making a movie about a book I love, I often wonder if they will do it justice. A lot of times, the answer is a BIG FAT NO!


    But sometimes.......they DO get it just right.





    One was "Silence of the Lambs" by Thomas Harris. I read that book a few times before the movie came out, and loved the movie as much as the book. Jonathan Demme got EVERYTHING right in that movie, because he stayed true to the book.


    A big NO was "Pay it Forward" by Catherine Ryan Hyde. It was a great book with a great message, but the movie was Hollywood Schlock.


    What book did you love, that Hollywood got "right" and one that you loved that Hollywood got "wrong?"
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 2
  2. Xenophon
    Offline

    Xenophon Gone and forgotten

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Messages:
    16,705
    Thanks Received:
    3,750
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    In your head
    Ratings:
    +3,751
    The Caine Mutiny.

    The movie was a tour de force for Bogart & company and was faithful to the source material.

    Dune.

    Hollywood has tried this several times and never captures herbert's fascinating world of 10,000 years from now.
     
  3. dilloduck
    Offline

    dilloduck Diamond Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2004
    Messages:
    53,240
    Thanks Received:
    5,552
    Trophy Points:
    1,850
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    Ratings:
    +6,403
    Slaughterhouse 5
    I never thought they could pull it off but they did to perfection !
     
  4. Zoom-boing
    Offline

    Zoom-boing Gold Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2008
    Messages:
    25,062
    Thanks Received:
    7,260
    Trophy Points:
    260
    Location:
    East Japip
    Ratings:
    +10,122
    The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me, both by Stephen King. Loved both of these movies. Shawshank is one of those movies that I've seen a million times but if I catch it on tv, I get sucked in over and over again.

    Having said that, every other SK book or story made into a movie has been crap, imo. I agree with you EZ, they usually botch it and I always tell people to read the book.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  5. random3434
    Offline

    random3434 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    25,903
    Thanks Received:
    7,188
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +7,194
    Yeah, I LOVED LOVED LOVED "The Stand" and had read it about 4 times when I heard they were doing a t.v. mini series. I watched the entire thing, but it didn't float my boat.

    Amen to Shawshank and Stand by Me.


    They are making a movie based on "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. If you haven't read the book I highly recommend it. I'm curious how the movie will turn out.
     
    • Thank You! Thank You! x 1
  6. xotoxi
    Offline

    xotoxi Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    30,322
    Thanks Received:
    5,203
    Trophy Points:
    1,110
    Location:
    your mother
    Ratings:
    +5,492
    Silence of the Lambs was AWESOME! I think that I read the book, but I'm not really sure.

    I liked the movie Remains of the Day, but I didn't like the book.

    I loved the book DaVinci Code, and thus, I plan to never see the movie because I doubt that they reached the standard set by the book.
     
  7. xotoxi
    Offline

    xotoxi Platinum Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2009
    Messages:
    30,322
    Thanks Received:
    5,203
    Trophy Points:
    1,110
    Location:
    your mother
    Ratings:
    +5,492
    I can't read Stephen King. He is too words and verbose for me. I need my books to be simple and straightforward.

    However, when I was 2, Stephen King lived in my town and I went to a babysitter with his daughter.
     
  8. jillian
    Online

    jillian Princess Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2006
    Messages:
    69,552
    Thanks Received:
    13,012
    Trophy Points:
    2,220
    Location:
    The Other Side of Paradise
    Ratings:
    +22,427
    zoom is right...shawshank redemption and stand by me both a big yes!!!

    sophies choice was ruined for me.
     
  9. random3434
    Offline

    random3434 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    25,903
    Thanks Received:
    7,188
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +7,194
    The thing about "Silence of the Lambs" is that Thomas Harris Sold Out to Hollywood after the success of the movie. He wrote 2 more books, pieces of crap imo, the next more horrible than the last. He thought gruesome would sell, but he didn't stay true to the characters. That's why Jodie Foster wouldn't be in Hannibal, and Julianna Moore replaced her character Clarice.
     
  10. random3434
    Offline

    random3434 Senior Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2008
    Messages:
    25,903
    Thanks Received:
    7,188
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Ratings:
    +7,194
    Ah, Sophies Choice. What a great, great book. Yeah, the movie, meh....
     

Share This Page