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Old Mar 10th 2011, 2:13 pm
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Just been watching The Lovely Bones which is a very moving and sad story, its a beautiful adaptation of the book and have had a few tears plopping down my cheeks, however the book had me wailing, so, soo sad and beautifully written.

So what do you think are the best and worst book to film adaptations? And is the book always better than the film?

Lord of the rings is up there for me- could never get past page 10 of the book,
Memoirs of a Geisha is a stunning film but again the book pips it for me.
The Devil wears Prada is better in book format although I did enjoy the film. Silence of the Lambs was a better film I thought.

And what books do you think they should make a film out of?
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is the book always better than the film?
Does TV count? Dexter, the books are terrible

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And what books do you think they should make a film out of?
All those books about Jesus in Kashmir and TIbet

Flashman books (one was made but it was rubbish, from the worst book)

Josiah Harlan biograhpy

Richard Burton book about how he sneaked in to Mecca,

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Mystic River ?
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Blade Runner
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Blade Runner
A pendant writes... that was from a short story "When Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep"... but - yes, brilliant movie.

Best books to film:

The Godfather
Apocalypse Now
No Country For Old Men
Jaws

Recently:

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Casino Royale (Daniel Craig one)

Bad:

Da Vinci Code

Future Hopes:

Johnny Depp starring The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea directed by David Fincher
Tin Tin from Spielberg
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The Shawshank Redemption, Steven King.
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Just been watching The Lovely Bones which is a very moving and sad story, its a beautiful adaptation of the book and have had a few tears plopping down my cheeks, however the book had me wailing, so, soo sad and beautifully written.

So what do you think are the best and worst book to film adaptations? And is the book always better than the film?

Lord of the rings is up there for me- could never get past page 10 of the book,
Memoirs of a Geisha is a stunning film but again the book pips it for me.
The Devil wears Prada is better in book format although I did enjoy the film. Silence of the Lambs was a better film I thought.

And what books do you think they should make a film out of?
We love Lovely Bones at our house, I think the kids have watched it about 75 times in the last year.
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Primal Fear without a doubt.

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The Shawshank Redemption, Steven King.
shawshank is amazing - one flew over the cuckoos nest is pretty stunning.
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Horse Whisperer, book made me weep, but the film crap..

Colour Purple, love the way the book was written, film so so..

Angela's Ashes, book had me in fits, the film was hideous same for PS I love you.
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Horse Whisperer, book made me weep, but the film crap..

Colour Purple, love the way the book was written, film so so..

Angela's Ashes, book had me in fits, the film was hideous same for PS I love you.
And as for comics made to films: Kick Ass, 300, Sin City - all brilliant.
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And as for comics made to films: Kick Ass, 300, Sin City - all brilliant.
In that vein V For Vendetta was great - what did you think of Watchmen & Scott Pilgrim?

Kick Ass was totally brilliant.

PS Still not sure why Neil Gaimen's Sandman has never been a franchise - it would be the first true modern era comic franchise.
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A pendant writes... that was from a short story "When Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep"... but - yes, brilliant movie.
Actually it was a novel, 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'.
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A pendant writes... that was from a short story "When Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep"... but - yes, brilliant movie.

Best books to film:

The Godfather
Apocalypse Now
No Country For Old Men
Jaws

Recently:

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Casino Royale (Daniel Craig one)

Bad:

Da Vinci Code

Future Hopes:

Johnny Depp starring The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea directed by David Fincher
Tin Tin from Spielberg
Rum Diary? Excellent ... I liked Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas as a book and a movie, extra points for making the unfilmable filmable ...

A bad one ... Undoubtably the movie Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy ... the TV show is, of course, a classic.
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Silence of the Lambs

read the book on holiday and it came out about 3 months after.

Almost identical storyline in the same sequence of events.
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