Books and Movies

@ethanmama (1746)
Philippines
February 27, 2007 10:44pm CST
There are several books that have been made into movies. Some were faithful recreations and some were not that good. I've seen the trilogy of "Lord of the Rings" and I must say that I like the movie better. However, for movies made from John Grisham books, I usually favor the books rather than the movie. Are there instances where you've seen both the movie and the book? In your opinion, which are the ones that are better read and which were the ones that are better enjoyed on the big screen?
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
28 Feb 07
Well I've seen it go both ways actually. I've read some books and found the movie was better and vice versa. I think you have to judge each one on it's own. Of course there are times when the book and movie have almost nothing in common besides the title but I find that is very rare now a days. For many of them I can enjoy both and see them as seperate forms of entertainment. Telling the same story but in differnet ways. There are ones I have been disappointed in, the Harry Potter 4 movie for example or the book version of Delores Claiborn by Stephen King, but usually I can accept each as it is.
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
3 Mar 07
That's a good way to put it. I've enjoyed movies and enjoyed books. They don't come out exactly the same since they are of different mediums, but they get the story across.
@astroo13 (965)
• India
28 Feb 07
The only movie which was made from a book which I saw and found much better than the book is the Bourne trilogy.The books from Robert Ludlum like Bourne ultimatum and Bourne supremacy were a complete waste of the paper they were printed on. On the other hand both the movies were excellant and it makes you wonder the movie was adapted from the horrendous books. Regards
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
3 Mar 07
I haven't read the books, but I've seen the first of the 3 movies. Really good movie, if I may say so. Thanks for telling me. Now I don't have to go out to buy the books ;)
@what_now (554)
• Canada
28 Feb 07
i read the book Godfather, the movie is really good, infact too good. But I think my imagination made the book seem more realistic and exciting than the movie.
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• Philippines
1 Mar 07
yeah, i read the book godfather and i watched the movie also...for me, that was one of the most classic film that is simultaneously good with the book...another book/movie worth mentioning is hunt for red october by tom clancy...
• United States
28 Feb 07
In every case except one, I've liked the books better. The exception is "The Princess Bride." That movie is so wonderful, so classic, that you can't read the book without hearing Inigo's voice, can't read the descriptions of Florin and Guilder without seeing their movie counterparts.
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
3 Mar 07
I haven't watched "The Princess Bride". Maybe I should get a DVD of it :)
@creematee (2810)
• United States
28 Feb 07
About 99% of the time, the books are better than the movies. I must also make myself read the book first if I ever plan on watching the movie. If I don't, I will never get the book read, and will probably miss out on a great piece of literature.
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
3 Mar 07
There are a few movies that I've watched before I read the book. Let me say that in such cases, reading the book is still a whole new experience. So I loved the movie, I still try to buy the book it's based on.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I always find the books more interesting, than those made into movies. Because I think that most of them made into movies are sort of limited, they have ommitions. Where in when we read the book, we could visualize and even feel what the character was trying to express. The story has more twists and that they are very well interpreted..
@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Yes, I agree that most of the time, books are generally better than movies :).
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
28 Feb 07
For me it really depends on the book/movie. For example, I prefer the movie Blade Runner to the book on which it is based (Do androids dream of electric sheep?), but then I prefer the LotR trilogy books much more than the movies. I usually do prefer the books.
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I agree that it depends on the book/movie. Although I prefered the LOTR movies, just because I found the language of the books archaic and quite difficult to understand. BUT the story in the books is much deeper and more profound than the movie.
@mrsrealo (21)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
harry potter series.. in my case, i read the books before i wantched the films. conclusion: i like the books better.
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@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I haven't read the Harry Potter series, actually. But I heard my niece say that the books are much better!
@imsilver (1668)
• Canada
3 Mar 07
I almost always prefer the book over the movies. Although I agree with you about the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. They did a wonderful job bringing those books to life. I think the one that I found the worst was probably Battlefield Earth. I loved that book and I absolutely adore John Travolta so I had such high hopes for that movie. I even paid the money to go to the theater to watch it rather than waiting for it to come out on DVD. I ended up leaving before the movie was over because I was just so upset at how awful and unlike the book it was.
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
I have not read a lot of books that has been made into a movie , just a few like the perfect storm,devil wears prada and da vinci code, and as for me I enjoyed them more as in a lot better in the book rather than the movies, maybe because you can capture everything in the book even the smallest details unlike in the movies where you squeeze the whole story in just 120 minutes or more.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
I ususally see the movie first then read the book. My favorite book I saw as part of a mini series. It was More Tales Of The City. I liked the mini series Tales Of The City, I read the book. I saw Henry and June then I read Tropic of Cancer.
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@tarsadawn (350)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I'm probably real corny, but I always make a point of reading the book before watching the movie. I told ya I was corny :). Usually the books are better. Where the Heart IS, by Billie Letts was a good movie, it wasn't as good as the book, but it was still a good movie. I thought Contact (forgot the author, but Jodie Foster played in the movie), was a great movie. It was better than the book, in my opinion. Those are the only two that I can think of, right off hand, for me, where the movie was as close too or as good as the book.
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• India
1 Mar 07
"Love Story" by Eric Segal was a great book and an equally nice movie. "Mystic river" was a much better book than the movie and the same is my opinion about "catch me if you can". "Gone with the wind" is also a better book though the movie features in the list of all time great hits.
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• China
1 Mar 07
I have read and watched Running With Scissors. I read the book first. It is kind of a weird story, but ok. When i saw the movie, im sure that people who didnt read the book wouldnt understand the movie. The storytelling in the movie is not clear enough.
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• Philippines
1 Mar 07
I have seen some that turns into movie, i like most those that in movies 'coz here i have understand more than just reading it,
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@kittles (156)
1 Mar 07
It's usually that books are better than the films as theres so much you can cram into a 3hr long picture and the content you can put into a book is limitless. So I tend to prefer the book to the film but there have admitidly been some quite good films (if you watch them as a film, not as a reproduction of a book if you see what I mean)
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• Philippines
28 Feb 07
I usually read the books first before I see the movies. With Harry Potter, I prefer the books over the flicks. Some scenarios in the book were deleted due to time constraints, and if you haven't read the book, you'd be confused. Also, it's easy to imagine the picture the author is trying to make since it was written for kids. In the case of Lord of the Rings, the flick helped me understand the book more. Although some scenes were also deleted, the stories continuity was fluid, so the story line was not affected. Also, there were some scenes which was difficult to picture, and the movie made it easy with the wonderful graphics. As for the Bourne series, I like them both. The flick and the book both created a different feel for me.
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@JvilleKid (131)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I really love to read, but time restraints have kept that to a minimal lately. I read "Interviw With a Vampire" when it came out nad I was truley fascinated by Anne Rice's writing in that book. So when the movie came out, I had to see it. It is the only movie that I have gone to the opening show on the opening day to see. I was amazed that the intro to the movie was the exact same as I had imagined it would be when I had read the book. The rest of the movie followed the book nicely and I would recommend both. This is the closest recreation of a book made into a movie that I can remember. Second best would be the Left Behind book/movie.
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@Macthedj (630)
28 Feb 07
I would haveto say usually any of Stephen King books are far better that their movie counterparts.
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@lady_luv (46)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I love to read the books, I find that the when the book is made into a movie it doesnt have as much as information like the book. Maybe because of the time frame.
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