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PostPosted: Mon Nov 15, 2004 2:38 pm 
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I think that books like Harry Potter shouldn't be made into movies. Even though they are extremely popular and would make a lot of money, they ruin the purpose of the book. Books that are totally fantasy are written so that you can form any picture that you want into your mind while reading it and it won't be right or wrong. By making a movie, they blow the picture you have and create one that everyone now has. It keeps your imagination in a tight reign. Plus, I think that in this case, the books were, by far, way better than the movies. I think the LOTR did a way better job of portraying the books in the movies but I still think it ruins your own pictures. Just my opinion.

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I think that "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was a great film. The "White Oleander Film" was pretty good too, still not as good as the book.

Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita" was <i>very</i> unimpressive. :|

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I agree with you 100%, perfectwonders. I'm such a hypocrite, I know I sholdn't watch the movies, but I still do.

My favourite movies of books has to be "the Outsiders," and "To Kill a Mockingbird."


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Same here blue_skies. I do the same thing. I am about to eat my words but I agree with you on those movies (The Outsiders and To Kill a Mocking Bird). They did a great job on both. Whoever "they" is.

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I agree with others about Lord of the Rings.

Others I find very good:
the 1995 BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice
Emma Thompson's adaption of Sense and Sensibility

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To Kill A Mockingbird
The Godfather
The Ox-Bow Incident
Gone With The Wind
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge
The Lord of the Flies

I would mention plays, but you don't really have to adapt those for a movie... However, I think that the Mel Gibson version of Hamlet is AMAZING, Key Largo is a classic, Tom Malkovich plays the perfect Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and I like all versions of Romeo and Juliet (yes, even the Leonardo DiCaprio one).

I also would mention other movies, but I can't really compare them to the books because I haven't read them.

And of course, there's O Brother, Where Art Thou? being based off of The Odyssey. Not really similar at all, but still a great read and a great movie. :)


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Another one is Alexander Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo." I have found the movie just as good as the book, but I learned that to not be disappointed when watching a movie adapted from a novel it is best to watch the film first, then any literature second. This isn't the way anyone is taught in school, but it just makes the movie seem fore right. seeing a series of unfortunate events after the books really disappointed me. I had perfect visions of the characters in my mind and the only one fitting my discription was Sunny. It is a loss to not have to opportunity to read a book as anyone would, feeling the characters, realizing the situations, and visioning the setting of the novel.

Honestly, I hate to be disappointed by a movie, and therefore don't watch that many movies based on books I have read. On the other hand I did read The Count of Monte Cristo before seeing the film and, though it was very different, I found that it gave the book justice.

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I agree however The story of The Count of Monte Cristo was corrupted fairly majorly. I did however read the book after maybe if I watched the film now I wouldn't think so highly of it.

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John Grisham's Runaway Jury was quite good with Gene Hackman.

Grisham once remarked that when he made deals with Hollywood, he wasn't too concerned with how the film was made as that is film craft as opposed to writing and allowances have to be made. The only movie he had a hand in making was A Time to Kill as that was his first novel and he wanted it done right.


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I could take forever on this so I won"t.
RAGTIME/ E.L.Doctrow
MacBeth/Polanski(1970)_
Hamlet/Gibson.... Sorry I think all the Oliver stuff was way over rated!

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I think War and Peace, by Tolstoy is a good movie. 6 hours of mor in length :roll:


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I have to agree with what people have said about Lord of the Rings, The Outsiders, and Harry Potter.

The first two were excellent, while the third left much to be desired.


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If the books are anywhere as good and the movie, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, I'll be reading children's books again. I'm not a big Jim Carrey fan but everyone and everything else was great--he was pretty good too.

If the books are better than the movie as someone said, I'm in for a good read.


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The Series of Unfortunate Events are the stupidiest books ever written!! In my opinion.
Was the movie any good?
I can't stand this series!
I probably couldn't tell you why though. I have no reason really.
But I never really liked any of the stuff ALL the OTHER girls read: Babysitters Club, The Bailey School Kids, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants etc. I guess I did it to rebel. To show them I didn't care what they read, wore or did. I'm my own person and I'll do what I think is best for me.

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