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    Dear All,

    Many moons ago when I was a snivelling, silver sleeved brat, the idea that a film or TV series could ever be bettered by the book upon which it was based was one to which I would never have been able to subscribe to (even if I could have thought in such terms, which I couldn't as I was no prodigy - as my friends will readily confirm!) but over time I began to appreciate that books could and ofter are better than their screen versions.

    I think the first time I appreciated this was when I read 'The Eagle Has Landed' by Jack Higgins. I had seen the film and liked it but the book was/is so much better (sadly, this is the only book of Higgins' that I would recommend anyone buying, the rest being formulaic crap).

    Would anybody else care to name a book that knocked its screen adaptation into a cocked hat (and possibly why you think that?) I'd be interested to hear your opinions.

    HONNEUR ET FIDÉLITÉ

    "Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won." - Duke of Wellington at Waterloo.

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    Can't remember the last time that I prefered a movie to the original story in a book. The movie provides one or two hours of entertainment often loosely based on the storyline in the book. The book, on the other hand, gives the reader an insight into the thoughts and the motives of the characters that is impossible with the movie.
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    • #3
      Jurassic Park...movie was fantastic, but the book was better.

      -Matt
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Matt Jones View Post
        Jurassic Park...movie was fantastic, but the book was better.

        -Matt
        I'd agree with this. Not that it takes anything away from the movie, which was groundbreaking and excellently done in it's own right.
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        • #5
          Dune. The book has been adapted twice and both times does not come close.
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            As to this last film, Kirk Douglas was cast to play Colonel Trautman but backed out because he thought the script should more closely track the film. He would have been so much better than Richard Crenna.

            My favorite Morrell novel, The Brotherhood of the Rose, is supposedly going to be made into a movie starring Channing Tatum. If that comes to pass, said project will surely make this list.

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            • #7
              2001: A Space Odyssey.

              Those who read the book had a much better understanding of what was happening than those who just watched the film. Much of the detail and explanations in the book was left out in the film.


              Philip
              "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."— Bertrand Russell

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              • #8
                Enemy at the Gates by William Craig
                The book was non-fiction. yet somehow it became a fictitious movie...
                Also...in the book no one had British accents.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sherlock View Post
                  Can't remember the last time that I prefered a movie to the original story in a book. The movie provides one or two hours of entertainment often loosely based on the storyline in the book. The book, on the other hand, gives the reader an insight into the thoughts and the motives of the characters that is impossible with the movie.
                  True enough. The great writer Douglas William Jerrold once wrote, ' A blessed companion is a book, a book that fitly chosen is a life-long friend.' Wise words indeed.

                  Other books that I think better any screen rivals are: Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (upon which Apocalypse Now was sort of based), and (don't laugh), The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame, not forgetting of course A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan.
                  Last edited by Dogsbody67; 24 Oct 11, 11:48.
                  HONNEUR ET FIDÉLITÉ

                  "Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won." - Duke of Wellington at Waterloo.

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                  • #10
                    You nailed it with ABTF. The problem with movies is it is the director's eyes (and PoV) and we are forced to join the director on his/her take of the book. When we read a book, we all see the images in our heads differently - even when described in detail by the author. We put our own spin on the scene and it becomes linked to us/our memories. Book every time!
                    "War is sorrowful, but there is one thing infinitely more horrible than the worst horrors of war, and that is the feeling that nothing is worth fighting for..."
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                    • #11
                      Put me in the director's chair and let me direct Pearl Harbor...I'd blow Michael Bay's film out of the water.

                      -Matt
                      SGT, 210th MP Battalion, 2nd MP BDE, MSSG

                      Fervently PRO-TRUMP, anti-Islam and anti-Steelers!

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                      • #12
                        I think a lot of Stephen King's is better in book form
                        Spurrier got chomped in the swamp. Oh Hell Yeah!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Matt Jones View Post
                          Put me in the director's chair and let me direct Pearl Harbor...I'd blow Michael Bay's film out of the water.

                          -Matt
                          You couldn't do much worse anyway - but then again the bar has been set pretty low.
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                          "Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won." - Duke of Wellington at Waterloo.

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                          • #14
                            Jean Larteguy's The Centurions was a classic which I have read five time and never tire of. The Movie version, entitled The Lost Command was a crude cartoon of Larteguy's story.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by philiplaos View Post
                              2001: A Space Odyssey.

                              Those who read the book had a much better understanding of what was happening than those who just watched the film. Much of the detail and explanations in the book was left out in the film.


                              Philip
                              Yes, most definitely. I enjoyed the movie but reading the book was like having a translator.
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                              during Virginia’s Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

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