Book-based movies

@moonmage (148)
United States
February 12, 2007 8:24am CST
I was recently shocked to see the advertisements for the Bridge to Terabithia film mostly because of the whole 'fantasy world come to life' flip on it. For those who have actually read the book, you're probably wondering (like me) what on earth Disney is thinking and if they will actually tell the story as it was written. It looks like they've whitewashed the whole thing to be perfectly honest. Do you think movies taken from books should have more care to follow the intent and tone of the story itself? Are book-based movies even a good idea in the first place?
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@Aurone (4758)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Interview with a Vampire is another that made a good movie from the book, they changed the ending a bit and the character of Armand was a bit off, but otherwise it was right on target. I think I read somewhere in the case of Bridge to Terabithia that while the writer didn't have a hand in the movie's creation, her son did? The writer herself was not interested in helping put the book on the big screen.
@moonmage (148)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I haven't come across that yet but I wouldn't be surprised.
@shellyrios (1215)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Wow, I didn't realize that was a book. I think Hollywood is lacking in imaginative, creativity so they constantly adapt books to screen. Even adult fiction is made into movies....It's almost worth the adaption if, true to your words they actually tell the story as written. If it's really great work and the movie was awful then it is somewhat shameful and wrong that they ever stripped it or edited too much of it for a movie version, I mean what would be the point??
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@moonmage (148)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Exactly, in those cases I can't understand why they didn't give it a new name because it's not the same story.
@alantae (244)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Most book based movies turn out to be disapointing for me simply because the movies have to cut out so much from the books. What we spend hours upon hours reading and thinking about has to be compressed into a couple hours of film, and then spiced up to attract audiences. There have been some good movies based on books though. I think Fight Club was an even better movie than book (and I really liked the book) and the Lord of the Rings series turned out to be very good movies I think.
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• Canada
13 Feb 07
yeah i agree! most movies cut out some of the details which makes u think u were better off reading the book. but for some lazy people its better to watch the movie. not all movies that are based on books turn out nice, only some,i think harry potter turned out nice even though alot of key parts from the book were missing.
@kaplya (1578)
• India
13 Feb 07
i used to be very interested in such movies because i hadn't seen them much but now when i have seen many i don't like them at all! the way they twist the story and events it just takes out the soul of a novel. i couldn't see the reason that why sometimes they don't even hesitate removing an event which had a very important meaning in the novel.they ought to take more care while they base their movie on a novel or they should just leave the idea.
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@manzician (4734)
• India
13 Feb 07
I am myself an avid book lover. At the same time, I also love watching movie based on novels. I can see why you seem to be so dissapointed. See, to be simple, its not easy to turn a 300 page movie into a 2 hours movie. So you can never be fully satisfy. But you are looking to know how things actually look in real which you have imagined while reading the book, then its the right choice for you. So, next time, try to be relax and expect something else from that movie.
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@SexyMhei (153)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
I agree with you, although I haven't read that book yet, I too have noticed how many novels have been "mudered" by translating them into films or movies. I guess that is basically there are things in the book that cannot be done in the film. However extra care should be taken to atleast deliver a more factual portrayal of the book. Have you noticed how the same film making company made into animation the story of Moses in the Bible? I definitely would not let my young nieces and nephews watch it for the story is too far from what is written and could mislead them. I think there is nothing wrong with book-based movies, but the screen writer and producers should be extra careful in doing it.
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• United States
13 Feb 07
I love Bridge to Terabithia and for one, I'm sort of disappointed that Disney has taken on the movie. For one, I have a feeling they're going to turn it into something that it isn't, and from what I can tell, they already have. I'm not happy with the previews, but I would like to see the movie anyway because I loved the book when I was younger. It was sad, but held a lot of meaning to me. I really hope the book and movie are alike. I don't want it to be something it's not.
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• United States
13 Feb 07
I believe that book-based movies are only good if you're watching it for enjoyment and not deeply analyzing it...which is hard to do when one read the book first before watching the movie. Usually, the movie does a good job of cutting out the events that are unimportant. However, much of the time, it is deeply flawed and in comparison to the book version, it is horribly done. Of course, we can't expect the movie to have every single thing that the book has (unless one wants to watch a 5 to 6 hour movie). I think book-based movies are just a way for the entertainment industry to make money when they don't have good ideas. Most of the time I hate watching movies based on a book I read because I end up criticizing the movie beyond belief. So if you're going to read the book, don't watch the movie and if you watch the movie, don't read the book (Lord of the Rings worked well).
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@jhrcsr (349)
• United States
13 Feb 07
There is no way that a movie based on a book can include all the details of that book. It is unlikely that many movies that are based on books could be set into the 2 hour timeframe that most movies are allotted by television or movie theaters. I have recently been watching the Nora Roberts movies on Lifetime, and I am greatly disappointed. There are many missing details that I felt should have been included because they were soooooo important in the books. I can honestly say that I am usually disappointed in any of the movies that I see based off of a book (especially if I have read that book already).
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• United States
13 Feb 07
this was one of my very favorite books as a child! I love the story I am afraid to see what Is going to be done with it though! I do think that disney generally sticks with the books for the most part! They do have some sad srtoried out there! but they can be known to sugar coat! I hope though that it stays true!
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I think if the book stays fairly close to the movie, it's okay. I mean, some things just aren't realistic and can't be done in a movie. I don't think they will be at all close with Bridge to Terabithia, because in the book, not much actually happened. A lot of it happened in the kids' heads, because it was an imaginary world. And the rest of the story was about the boy maturing, and that has never been popular in movie form. Although movies like Holes were okay. A lot of kids read the book because of the movie, and anything that encourages kids to read is good.
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• United States
12 Feb 07
Does the little girl die? I think that kids today are more mature than they were when the book was written... well I don't know if mature is the right word - but society has changed a lot and kids are exposed to more at a young age. I think that movies from books should follow the book exactly. I hate it when they change things... sometimes they change things a whole lot. Movies from books can be fun because it puts to life characters you love... on the other hand if they do a bad job with the cast it can ruin the images you had in your head of what you thought the characters were like.
• United States
13 Feb 07
Kids are more mature nowadays because of everything they are exposed to. Plus, people die in Disney movies all the time. Bambie's mom bit the bullet, for example.
• United States
13 Feb 07
I was always a big fan of Stephen King books, when I had time to read and I had read almost all his books. I have also seen the movies that go with his books. All of his movies were very good but not quite as good as the book. I think it is important to follow thw book when turning it into a movie or the whole thing will be a lost cause. I had never even heard of this story until I saw the previews for the movie. You have peaked my interest and if I get time I will try to read the book. If I was a writer and someone made my book into a movie, I would be very hurt and disappointed if they lost my origional idea trying to make it fit into Hollywood.
@7nicole1 (1634)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I had to read that book in school growing up so I know exactly what you mean. From what I can remmeber of the book it doesnt look anything like the movie.
• India
13 Feb 07
yah i do think book based movies are a good idea,its such that u first read the book and then when u c the characters come alive in a movie its really gr8.i read the book the da vinci code and enjoyed the movie a lot.
• United States
13 Feb 07
Almost every movie will be made into a book too its all about the $. They want it to look cool with big giant monsters and cool graphics so kids will go see it.Any movie that is made off of a book is very little like the book I think. I personally prefer original ideas when i go see a movie.
@acquaria (719)
• Italy
13 Feb 07
I think that is very difficult to make a movie based on a book.The mosts of times the story is not the same and the film is not so good as the book.
@rajkyin (45)
• India
13 Feb 07
yes , it is true to some extent that movies based on books rarely go according to books. but i also want to add to it that "harry porter series " are good example for this that people do follow the books . i would add to this that books are going to increase our knowledge if we read them but on the other hand we as human want something more out of movies , that is why we deviate from book
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
I think the book is still better than the movies, the only advantage is that in watching a movie, you have to watch it for hours unlike reading books you have to read it for days, months and week but the story would still be the same as the movie, only few were changed.
@bcl_me (583)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
i just saw the preview of the movie at a shopping center...how is it? can you rate it how good the story compared to "the ring" or "harry potter" or "narnia"?