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OK we all agree that most film versions of books are crap but . . .

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BalloonSlayer Wed 23-Sep-09 20:43:34

which ones are good?

(sorry, expect this has been done before)

I am watching Jurassic Park on telly - posting in commercial break - and it dawned on me that it's the only example I have of: Loved the book, Loved the film.

Any others?

francagoestohollywood Wed 23-Sep-09 20:47:28

I liked Revolutionary road, though the book is much much better.

And Dangerous Liaisons, I loved the movie and the book

TheFoosa Wed 23-Sep-09 20:48:08

Remains of The Day

bran Wed 23-Sep-09 20:49:19

High Fidelity, I think it's better than the book.

scottishmummy Wed 23-Sep-09 20:50:57

liked about a boy book and film

BalloonSlayer Wed 23-Sep-09 20:51:44

Ooh yes, Remains of the Day is another for me. Thanks Foosa. Will check out others.

Back later. TRex due to attack.

TwoIfBySea Wed 23-Sep-09 20:52:11

A Very Long Engagement, both book and film complimented each other.

Prunerz Wed 23-Sep-09 20:53:23

Agree with Bran.

browntrout Wed 23-Sep-09 20:55:16

one flew over the cuckoos nest. In fact, I prefer it - you know from the start that the Chief can really talk in the book whereas in the film, when he says those first words to MacMurphy, you are genuinely shocked. Tis one of my favourite films, can you tell?!

browntrout Wed 23-Sep-09 20:56:00

and Schindler's List/Ark

MrsMerryHenry Wed 23-Sep-09 20:56:28

The thing is that film and literature are totally different media. A book based on a film is always going to be flimsy, and a film based on a good book is always going to have to cut huge chunks of the plot (or entire secondary plot lines) so as to make it workable as a film. So to say films based on books are simply 'crap' shows a total lack of understanding of the medium.

<<steps off soapbox>>

grin

That said, the Terminator novel was brilliant, especially the gruelling death scene on p118!

Rumpel Wed 23-Sep-09 20:57:56

Interview With A Vampire - great book and good film too.

Red Dragon

Schindlers List (from what I remember)

Nightbreed - Cabal by Clive Barker

thisisyesterday Wed 23-Sep-09 21:01:30

do you think so browntrout?

i think one flew over the cuckoo's nest is a terrible, terrible film.
it misses out so much from the book

BalloonSlayer Wed 23-Sep-09 21:02:18

I agree MrsMerryHenry, I was [ahem] summarising for a succinct thread title [ahem again].

'Tis why I think Jurassic park worked well, as Michael Crichton was a screenwriter and wrote novels with the movie version in mind.

D'you know I have never seen the film of "Of Mice and Men" or any other Steinbeck adaptations but they are so cinematically written you'd think they'd take literally 15 mins to adapt as a movie.

MrsMerryHenry Wed 23-Sep-09 21:04:17

Sorry Slayer, I got a bit carried away!

deepdarkwood Wed 23-Sep-09 21:08:02

Fight Club is a great film. And a short book smile

LightShinesInTheDarkness Wed 23-Sep-09 21:10:53

I am reading 'Remains of the Day' at the moment, so will check out the film.

I enjoyed the most recent 'Brideshead' film almost as much as the Antony Andrews TV version.

BalloonSlayer Wed 23-Sep-09 21:11:10

ooh don't apologise, I love a bit of debate!

I get so frustrated when people don't bother to read a book but sort of think they have because they have seen the film. It's not the sodding same, for the love of God!!

I get upset when people rave about Gone with the Wind. I think it's a pretty good attempt given the length of the book but I also feel it was so important that Scarlett had a child in each of her marriages, and to cut that out was a mistake. Even as a teenager, over a decade before I had children myself, her poor parenting of little Wade Hampton touched my heart and I felt very tender about the wee chap - only to find he didn't even feature in the film sad.

Monkeygirl69 Wed 23-Sep-09 21:11:50

The Constant Gardener was good.

Thredworm Wed 23-Sep-09 21:13:22

Far From the Madding Crowd was good. Hardy seems to do well in films.

browntrout Wed 23-Sep-09 21:13:52

ooh this is yesterday, do you not like the film at all? Funnily enough, this is one of the few occasions where I saw the film before the book and so maybe it was skewed for me. I do love the film though, think JN is perfect for the part and billy makes me cry every time. I know the book is utterly iconic and it is brilliantly written. I think I just connect more on an emotional level with the film version of the story.

MrsMerryHenry Wed 23-Sep-09 21:16:50

What?? She had children??? And she called her son 'Wade'????? I think you'll find that that's why they cut him out, Slayer.

Constant Gardner is excellent.

Monkeygirl69 Wed 23-Sep-09 21:26:39

Was Dirty Dancing ever a book?

BalloonSlayer Wed 23-Sep-09 21:34:40

If you're not taking the pee, MrsMH grin, Scarlett called her son what she did because that was the name of her husband's commanding officer, as was the fashion at the time. (You see it in the film, on the letter of condolence).

And her second child she calls "Ella Lorena," "the most fashionable name at the time."

BalloonSlayer Wed 23-Sep-09 21:36:33

"Hardy seems to do well in films."

- might that be because his books are chapter after chapter page after page of interminable description and what little action there is can fill up 90 minutes nicely?

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