The Book Or The Movie?

United States
March 21, 2008 11:54pm CST
What movie have you seen that was most closely true to the book from which it was adapted? One I can think of is How The West Was Won, written by Louis L'Lamour and made into an awesome epic movie!
4 responses
• India
22 Mar 08
one film that requires mention is the Lord of the rings. it is so meticulously worked out that if it was to be made a movie directly from the book then it would last for two days. but the editing and the scripting was top draw and they have successfully confined the whole story into three thrilling episodes and the trilogy was better than reading the book itself. so thumbs up to the efforts of the people behind the scenes for making a complicated book into an easily digestable and gripping epic of oscar-winning proportions.
• United States
22 Mar 08
You are right that it would have taken way too long to put all that the books contain on the screen, but the fact that so much richness is left out, it is important to read the books. But I did love the movies!
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• Philippines
22 Mar 08
The only book I've read and watch the movie version is the The General's Daughter. I guess the movie upset me because it wasn't that nice when I watched it. I read the book first and it was nice, when I saw the movie, it was like a one-minute movie. There was no thrill. I've watched so many movies that has a book version and didn't even thought of reading the book version. it might ruin my admiration on the film.
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• United States
22 Mar 08
I love books and I love movies, but most of the time, the books are not done justice by the movie!
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
i think for me, it depends on how the scriptwriter interprets the book itself. it varies. like how awesome to what they did on LOTR and Harry Potter book one. others had failed to captivate the beauty of the book in films. for example, Anne rice's Queen of the Damned. its a good book but the movie was a bit off. another one was with Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire. for me,the movie was more flourished than the book itself. i dont know maybe how i viewed it that varies. lol. ok, im confusing myself now. lol
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• United States
22 Mar 08
I appreciate your sharing thoughts on the arts. Interview was a good example of the movie surpassing the book, which is a rare occurrence!
• United States
22 Mar 08
I have seen stuff like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc. But never really got into them. The one book that I did read that turned into a movie was Holes. I had to read it in highschool for class once and do reports on it etc. I actually got into the book. Then a few years later a movie came out. The movie was pretty good too. I personally would rather just watch the movie then read the book but I did get into the book in school which is rare for me lol.
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• United States
22 Mar 08
I have not read the book or seen the movie, but my daughter suggested both to me as being very entertaining!