movies based on/adapted from books

Malaysia
May 2, 2011 2:47pm CST
Theres a lot of movies that is based on/ adapted from books, such as Twillight, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes etc. Though not all is as good as the book it is based from. For me it would be kinda cool if hollywood could make a movie based from a fantasy adventure book like R.A Salvatore's novel, The Ice wind dale thrilogy or The Dark Elf thrilogy. So tell me what book do you think would be cool and interesting to be made into movies?
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@Galena (9123)
2 May 11
I would love a film of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimans Good Omens. every time I read it, I find myself thinking what a brilliant film it would make.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
3 May 11
More Terry Pratchett stories as Movies would be good to see...Did you see the dramatisation of the "Hogfather" story that's now available on DVD?
• Malaysia
3 May 11
Good Omen would be interesting to watch if it is made into a movie, I know it is not easy to make movies especially to make movie based on books, but after watching all the movies all this years and recent movies, you just cant help thinking 'I wish they could make a movie based on this good book or that good book'.
3 May 11
"Going Postal" has also been done as well.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
3 May 11
There are so many books I've read that I don't know which books are good enough to be made a movie. I guess it really depends on how the producers view a book and the possibility of making a movie out of it. I've never read R.A. Salvatore's novels, but I do think that Hollywood made some adventure fantasy movies.
• Malaysia
4 May 11
They have made a few film adaptation from fantasy books, and some are great but not most of it is good. Since i'm a big fan of R.A Salvatores books, Its really tempting to imagine if it was to be made into movie how good would it be. :)
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
5 May 11
Maybe the producers are concern more to the targeted audience. I guess this fantasy adventure is more for children and teenagers?
• Malaysia
5 May 11
Not really actually, like the warhammer novels are also adventure fantasy, and lord of the rings, its not only for childrens and teenager, and I doubt warhammers books are really suitable for childrens O.O they involve lots of gore and violence, and the book describe them in details.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
3 May 11
Any Dean Koontz book. I love his work. He is my favorite author and I think that he is totally underrated. Everyone is so into Stephen King, but I've never thought that he was much of a writer. He just drags things out. Koontz is much more creative and his writing describes things wonderfully, without taking pages to tell you about an unimportant detail.
• Malaysia
4 May 11
Theres a film adaptation in progress on one of Dean Koontz's novel entitled Odd Thomas, the book is really interesting, I just hope the movie to be would be just as interesting. The movie is expected to be release next year, though the exact date is not yet annouce.
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
4 May 11
Ooooh. I am definitely looking forward to that.
@jwfarrimond (4474)
3 May 11
The dramatisation of R.R. Martin's book "A Game of Thrones" has been done and it currently being aired in the US and in the UK. Having read the books and currently watching the dramatisation, I can say that it's pretty good. It's obvious that Martin has had a lot of input into the screenplay and I think that's important in order to preserve as much as possible the integrity of the book story. Martin's work runs to five books with another in the pipeline and I think that the intention is probably going to be a separate series for each book - though I suppose that will depend on how well this first series does in the ratings. So far so good is what I can say.
• Malaysia
4 May 11
I haven't read any of R.R Martin's book, looking forward to it soon. Its good that the author involves himself in the dramatization of he's own book, and thats why I believe that you say it was pretty good, because with his involvement in the making of the movie they can make it as closely as possible like the book.
4 May 11
I've just re-read the first book to refresh my memory of the plot and dialog and I can say that the playright has used quite a lot of the book dialog in the dramatisation, which is why I think that Martin must have been closely involved in the work. There are five books published and the sixth and last is due to be published next year. I have got it on pre-order with Amazon!
@marguicha (94305)
• Chile
3 May 11
I think the best books to be turned into movies are children´s books and fairy tales as now with all the special effect, we can see awesome thins like the ghosts at Harry Potter´s movies. I read part of the HP books to have something to talk with my grandchildren and found they were a copy of many "school" books I read at that age, except for the magician part. But when I took them to see the movies, I was enchanted by the transparent flying ghosts and the like. We have to thank technology for that. As for a grown up book, probably best sellers can be turned into movies, but a more profound book is not easily turned into one.
• Malaysia
3 May 11
A magical, adventure and heart warming childrens book would be great as movie, something like Peter Pan. Harry Potter is one of the good movie based on a book, they really try to make it like the book. I really like the ghost in Harry Potter too, very funny and bizzare ghosts, haha.
@marguicha (94305)
• Chile
4 May 11
After reading some of the answersyou got, it seems that many people accept children´s books turned into movies. I do agree though that Crime and punishment is not a book to turn into a movie.
3 May 11
movies that are adapted from the books are kinda not good because some part are cut and its kinda shorter..i prefer reading the book because it was so detailed that i can imagine clearly!..
• China
3 May 11
since this is a faster world than before, I just can't simply agree with your thought, I think making movies based on books can help us know the story quicker and sometimes better.
• Malaysia
3 May 11
True, they always cut the good part when making movies based on books, the wost is if they even change the story line a bit or leave out some interesting character from the book.
@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
2 May 11
Hi MrNuik!^^ You read Drizzt, too???? I've read most of the books! I've become a fan thanks to my friend who influenced me. It would be really amazing if they made a movie of it! I can already imagine the action and adventure! It would really be an awesome movie if done properly with enough budget! My friend said there was a plan before to make it into a movie. I just don't have any news about it. I wonder who's the best actor to play Drizzt... I don't like Orlando Bloom to play the part!
• Malaysia
3 May 11
Hi, yup I'm a fan of Drizzt Do 'Urden and his black panther. :) I've read most of the books too, adventures, action and full of excitement, it really is a good fantasy book kudos to R.A Salvatore. I still believe that one day people can make a movie that's as good as the book it is based on.
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@secretbear (19466)
• Philippines
3 May 11
I hope so. It would be exciting to see Drizzt live as well as the other characters.
@drasnian (548)
3 May 11
I think although many films don't live up to books, it is important that books are made into books. As an example, Harry Potter was popular before the films, obviously, but a lot of people I know were quite happy to read the first one and then stop...until the movies came out, at which point they felt they needed to read them all. Encouraging children to read can only be a good thing. I think I agree that perhaps children's books are the best to be made into movies since children are less concerned about how accurately the film reflects the book, whereas an adult will say "That didn't happen", "Why did they cut out.." and "They got that wrong" much more readily. On this basis, I think it would be good if any of the following kids books were made into films: "Poison Study" etcby Maria V Snyder The Artemis Fowl books, by Eoin Colfer, Sabriel/Lirael/Abhorson by Garth Nix And the Warrior Cats books by Erin Hunter - because my sister loves them and would kill me if I didn't mention them However, I think the following, more adult books, would also make good films: The Genghis Khan series by Conn Igguldon - fabulous books, the relationships keep you hooked, while the battles keep the plot moving The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb The Belgariad by David Eddings The Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Though I admit that I'm a huge fan of last two and would hate it if the movies were bad - for example I know there is a Dragons of Autumn Twilight film which is meant to be terrible, so I've never seen it because I'd hate to spoil my perception of the books.
• Malaysia
4 May 11
Genghis Khan by Conn Igguldon is really great. I've read four of the books, Wolf of the plains,Lords of the bow, Bones of the hills and Empire of Silver.
3 May 11
About the only books I read are autobiographies of actors and actresses. But I would love to see a big movie biopic based on any of the biographies written about Doris Day as she has had quite an amazing life, one which is vastly different to what most people would realise if they have only watched her movies.
• Malaysia
4 May 11
Theres a few movie biopic produce based on the real life of famous people, still some of it isn't that good too. But there are good ones too like the movie titled Ray, about the life of Ray Charles with the amazing performance of Jamie Fox acting as Ray Charles. To make a good biopic movie, the movie producer would have to find a really talented actor who can closely potray the feelings and thoughts of the person he's acting as.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
3 May 11
There are very few books that I have read that have been made into a good movie. All to often after the title the movie goes in a different direction and changes the whole meaning of the book.
• Malaysia
4 May 11
Yeah I agree, maybe because the movie producer thought to closely follow the story from the book wouldn't be great when it is made into movies, but then if they change the story here and there, might as well they dont make a movie based on the book.
@narthan (326)
• India
3 May 11
It is really a good idea to make movies from the story published in novels or any books. This way anyone can get a glimpse of any novel in just 1-2 hours. I wish they make movies from all of Sidney's novels.
• Malaysia
4 May 11
Yup, it is a good idea as long as the movie producer sticks to the story from the book instead of trying to change a bit of the storyline.
@DaDukeee (75)
• Romania
2 May 11
I do not accept the idea of making a movie based on a book,a book is "holy" the plot is related better you can use your imagination and the biggest downside is that some movies cut out a lot of content and in some cases there are some interesting aspects.Not to be of topic on this post a movies I see "funny" to be made based on a book is Crime and Punishment,but I will not watch the movie because I respect the author therefor I respect the book.
• Malaysia
3 May 11
I understand how you feel about can't accepting the idea to make movies based from books, and I respect your stand in this matter. Books uses play of words to engage with the mind of readers, through the readers imagination, thats the best part about books, your not only reading it, you are in the story itself. No, people cant create a movie exactly like the book it is based on, and a lot of movie based on books that has been made really ruins the story of the book.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
2 May 11
I really can't think of any good books that can be adapted to movies. I'm sure that there are some that are escaping that could be a decent film adaptation when you really think about everything. At least it could be decent in theory, but transitioning a book into film can be quite the tricky little deal to reconcile. There are just so many things that do get lost in translation from a book into a movie, that are far too numerous. Then again, I think a lot of the movies based off books kind of would be better off if people do not read the book first. When they have read the book, they have preconceived notions of what to expect and if scenes change or characterization is a little bit off, that could mean problems. They are not really watching the movie, but rather nitpicking a lot of things about the movie that are not in the book. Of course it is a paradox to me. If I did not read the book, I might not even have my attention caught by the movie but if I read the book, there's a chance that I won't really like the movie.
• Malaysia
3 May 11
If i have already read a book that is going to be made into a movie, i'd still be tempted to watch the movie just to find out if it is bad or almost as good as the book, if it's bad I'd regret watching the movie, haha. If I saw the movie first and read the book later, and find that the movie is not even half as good as the book, I'd feel better.
@gorila (188)
• Indonesia
4 May 11
I personally do not have any idea about the book that would be cool if made ??into a film. because almost all the books I have ever read has been made ??into a film. if any, which I hope made ??his film is a game Onimusha.
• Canada
3 May 11
Hi there!! Terry Goodkind "Sword of Truth". Its been done for TV and I wish they hadnt. They describe the main character as blonde and muscular in the book. In the sequel on tv, he's short, skinny and has brown hair.......what a downer!! I wanted to watch it because the series is really good but I just couldnt get into it. It was a total mess. SO I would rather read a good book, imagine what the characters look like and not be deceived by the movie or the tv series!
• Philippines
3 May 11
For me, I've been dying to see keeping you a secret and annie on mind on theaters, but seems like it is just a dream, since annie on mind had been banned in US during its release in 1986.
@evoldahc (35)
• Philippines
3 May 11
While it is true that most film adaptations of books fall short in accurately adapting the book, I agree that books should be made into films, especially those which can be really helpful and interesting to adults and children alike. Well for me, I would love to see film adaptations of Jostein Gaarder's "Sophie's World" and "Solitaire Mystery" which I find really informative, fast-paced, interesting, and great reads.
• Philippines
3 May 11
I think it would be interesting to see "The five people you meet in heaven" as a movie. However, the movie has to really catch the essence of the book so that it will be a good one. I also like books by Paulo Coelho but I am not entirely sure if it will be good as a movie.
• United States
3 May 11
Movies are never as good as the book, however I was very impressed with the Harry Potter adaptions especially the first part of Deathly Hallows, the director did a really good job of fitting the book's setting descriptions.
• United States
3 May 11
The book I am going to write next year about my life.