Book to Movie

@AmbiePam (49119)
United States
June 1, 2011 9:24pm CST
So many times books are turned into movies. Comic books are really common, but I'm thinking more along the lines of traditional books. This summer The Help, a best selling novel will be coming to the big screen (stars Emma Stone, Viola Davis). I have not read it. I've often though I prefer to read the book before I see the movie. However, I have seen the Twilight movies, but not read the books. Do you prefer to read the book first? Besides sets of books (Harry Potter, Twilight), do you think there have been good movies made from regular books? I guess there is a new set of movies starting to be made. The movies will be made from the books in The Hunger Game trilogy. I have not read those books, but apparently they are very good. Any of you read them? What do you guys think? Have you ever heard about a book coming to the big screen and thought, can't they just leave well enough alone? Do ever watch a movie and think, hey, that wasn't how it was in the book!
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
2 Jun 11
Oh yeah, the narnia series is one example and I love they are turning the books into movies, but they really messed up on the second one, giving Susan and Prince Caspian a romantic scene that was totally off the topic of the story. The last one, Dawn Treader, was also different, but it wasn't off topic, just they can't do it all.. Now there is a trilogy of books I really want to see put into a movie. I am almost done reading the third one to my son and I really believe with the graphics, if turned into a movie can really touch people of all ages..The series I am talking about is the "Hunter Brown" books and we are reading "Eye of Ends" now and getting to a very intense part... Can't wait until we read more tonight..
@mentalward (14697)
• United States
2 Jun 11
Yep, all the time. The worst example I can think of was the movie 'Riverworld' made from the Riverworld trilogy. The movie was so different from the books that it seemed like a completely different story. Oh, some things were similar, some were exactly like the books but, for the most part, it was nothing like the books. I was seriously disappointed in the movie. I'm also a huge Stephen King fan and have read every book he's written. Quite a lot of his books have been made into movies and some of them are remarkably similar to the books while others were not. An example would be the book and movie called "The Shining" which was similar enough to know it was about the book but some things were completely different like the endings. The ending in the book and the ending in the movie were totally different. I just don't understand why they have to change things so drastically. I could see the ending in the book being made into a movie so I just don't get why they had to completely re-write it. Yeah, they should just leave some things alone without trying to, uhh, enhance them, Hollywood-style.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
2 Jun 11
There aren't many times I will read the book first.. I mean who has time to read these days, LOL. I'm usually actually kind of backwards. I saw the first Harry Potter movie.. possibly even the 2nd.. THEN decided to read the books. After that point I was so addicted that I read each book as soon as it came out and saw each movie in theaters. I'm really sad that it's almost over now :( It was the same thing with Twilight. I saw the movie and didn't really like it. Then everyone convinced me to read the books. I actually didn't start reading the books until New Moon was in theaters.. I remember because I read all the books in less than a week.. and as soon as I was done reading New Moon I downloaded it on the computer so I could watch it.. and it was either still in theaters or had just come out of the theaters but wasn't on video yet. Now I've read all the books and own the first 3 movies and cannot wait for the next movie!
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@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
2 Jun 11
I did this with the "left behind" series after seeing the movie. I felt that the books were far better than the movie. Much more descriptive.
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@bunnybon7 (36548)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Jun 11
if i didnt already have so many discussions to catch up on i would have made a discussion about this latest thing. i listened to an old classic on tape called The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. Loved it. what a story! so many emotions and lessons in life in it. In 1937 they made a movie of it, and i couldnt wait to watch it. it also was so good. but, most people dont like black and white these days so most may not care for it. it was a lot less sad then the book. what would you say? have you read it? btw, think i will go ahead and make this discussion
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@bunnybon7 (36548)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Jun 11
oh btw, havent read that book nor seen any movie on it.
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• United States
2 Jun 11
Hi Ambie, Yes I have read the books after I have seen the movie. See I like to compare the two but my preference is to see the movie first then I can read the book and appreciate the movie at that point. If I read a book and then see the movie I may be disappointed because the books for me give me much more detail.
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@AmbiePam (49119)
• United States
2 Jun 11
That's a good point.
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@veejay19 (3592)
• India
2 Jun 11
There are very few movies which i saw,were once based on a book.I remember that i once saw a movie in my younger days,in the mid 60`s, which was based on a book that i had read.The book was "Ice Station Zebra" written by the well known author James Hadley Chase.It was turned into a movie and i went to see it and i can tell you that i was very disappointed as the book was tremendously exciting and the movie was a flop.I have read Robin Hood and seen many versions fo it on celluloid but none can match the book.The film director has only 2 hours to give his best but he can never match the description which the author has given in his book and therefore fails to portray the exact emotins which the reader is subject to when reading the book.The other series of books which i enjoyed was the "Tarzan" series by Edgar Rice Burroughs and i have also seen quite a few movies but none came even close to the books.
@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
2 Jun 11
Yes Ambie, Several times I have thought this about made for tv movies, a good example is Louis L'Amour's Sackett movies.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
2 Jun 11
yes I have, sometimes I'm even HAPPY it isn't! (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
2 Jun 11
I read all the time, so it's always a nice surprise when something gets made into a movie. Usually, I have already read the book before a movie comes out, but if I liked the book, I'll like the movie. Of course, one has to take them with a BIG grain of salt, because most books are more detailed that the 2 hour movie can be. Or, parts of the stories are omitted because of those same time limitations. I read Water for Elephants a while ago, and am looking forward to the movie starring Robert pattison and Reese Witherspoon.
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@AmbiePam (49119)
• United States
2 Jun 11
I wondered how they did turning Water for Elephants into a movie. I think it will be on DVD in about two months. I hope it did well.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
2 Jun 11
Will probably be a bit longer for me. I wait until the library has them. Really looking forward to it though!
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• China
5 Jun 11
Hi,dear AmbiePam, I haven't ever seen the book The help,which is also popular in China,so I decide to have a look at this book.There are so many books that from the regular books.such as the famous books by Jane Austen and other great books. More often than not I prefer to read the book first before I watch the movie as I think that in this way will greatly help me with my reading comprehension.I am a student major in English Literature,we here have some courses related with the Famous books and Movie courses. Sometimes if I saw some good movies I will want to have a look at the original books if they have one.I will remember the sentences I think has some illuminating effect in life or the views towards something. The movies I have seen that have the movies are Pride and predudice ,sense and sensibility,kite runner,joy luck club etc, so may .by the way I haven't ever read The Hunger Game trilogy,does this books interesting?if I can find the Ebook version I will have a read.. Molly;)
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@AmbiePam (49119)
• United States
9 Jun 11
The books by Jane Austen that are made into movies are some of my favorites. Like you mentioned: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility. I also like Emma. As for the Hunger Games book trilogy. I have not read them, but I have heard nothing but good things about them.
• United States
2 Jun 11
I can talk for hours about book to film adaptations. I'm an avid reader and a movie lover (but I soundly believe that books are better than movies... just as a medium rule!) an aspiring writer and a film student. I think I have pretty realistic expectations when it comes to adaptations... which is I expect the characters to act like they did in the book, not look how I pictured them, I expect the plot to be the same, but not word for word and play for play. If the movie takes a wild turn in another direction, then I'm usually not very fond of it. My favorite book to film adaptations are all the Lord of the Rings movies, the first Chronicles of Narnia movie, City of Ember, The Last Unicorn, and the Twilight saga. I LOVE the Hunger Games! I'm excited for the movie, and I think it's going to be really good. There's a whole storm of YA novels getting adapted, which makes sense to me since YA novels outsell adult novels these days. Hunger Games is one of my favorites. I think film adaptations, even bad ones, are a good thing because they ignite interest in the original source material. Even if the adaptation is bad, more people will read the book as a result.
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@AmbiePam (49119)
• United States
2 Jun 11
That's true. The more people that get interested in books, the better.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
3 Jun 11
I know some of the Harry pottery movies were different from the books and the same with The Twillght books. The 3rd movie I was not crazy about but I liked the book.I have not heard of The Hunger Game trilogy yet.
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
2 Jun 11
I have.....watched a movie and think...hey...that wasn't how the book was! But I prefer they do the movie after I read the book.....I heard though that The Help is an awesome book...my sister is lending it to me....I hope soon!
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• Thailand
2 Jun 11
Me too, I 'm very love Harry potter when I read the book.But when it be the movie. I really don't like it. It 's a disaster and it destory my deam. In the other hand,when you read a book you must use the long time to read it and you can feel good to say the people about the book but when it have the movie people just see the movie about 2hours and the can know every thing in that book. It the beginning and the end of the dream in the same time.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
2 Jun 11
I have not read The help. I am really not up to date with what is being published. I have often seen a movie and been disappointed in the way the story ends or how the character is interpreted by the main actors. But for the life of me I cannot bring any to mind at the moment. Need coffee urgently. Have a great day my dear
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