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Started by raymie on Jun 9, 2022 9:33:30 AM
What film is better than the book?

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raymie - 09 Jun 2022 10:38:51 (#1 of 129)

I prefer the film of one flew over the cuckoo's nest to the book, though both have their good points

raymie - 09 Jun 2022 10:39:26 (#2 of 129)

The same with the godfather

thisonehasalittlehat - 09 Jun 2022 11:40:22 (#3 of 129)

bladerunner

hunger games

twilight

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Jun 2022 11:40:27 (#4 of 129)

The Ipcress File

thisonehasalittlehat - 09 Jun 2022 11:40:57 (#5 of 129)

catch 22

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Jun 2022 11:41:44 (#6 of 129)

Agree about Blade Runner

thisonehasalittlehat - 09 Jun 2022 11:42:02 (#7 of 129)

Pride and prejudice and zombies.

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Jun 2022 11:42:07 (#8 of 129)

The Odessa File

MorrisMitchener - 09 Jun 2022 11:44:37 (#9 of 129)

Goodfellas. Henry Hill's book, on which it is based, is terrible.

thisonehasalittlehat - 09 Jun 2022 11:45:51 (#10 of 129)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Beowulf.

Arjuna - 09 Jun 2022 11:49:51 (#11 of 129)

Films are short, the trend for Netflix adaptions gives more time and space to develop ideas. The Leftovers was a great show but the actual book not that good.

MorrisMitchener - 09 Jun 2022 11:54:43 (#12 of 129)

Yes, The Leftovers book was covered in its entirety in Series 1. They expanded on it after that. I'm not sure everything they attempted in subsequent series worked (things definitely got a bit head-scratchy for me towards the end!) but in general it was better.

davedanon - 09 Jun 2022 11:58:08 (#13 of 129)

Agree about Blade Runner

Yes, famously duff SF writer Philip K. Dick. There would hardly be a modern SF film oeuvre without his novels and short stories, ffs.

darkhorse - 09 Jun 2022 12:00:48 (#14 of 129)

They’re both good, but Danny Boyle’s film of The Beach strengthens and tightens up the slightly rambling plot of Alex Garland’s original book. And also adds all the fun Danny Boyle-isms (e,g, sequence like a video game, use of music etc).

and dare I say similar for Trainspotting?

Arjuna - 09 Jun 2022 12:01:06 (#15 of 129)

Yes, The Leftovers book was covered in its entirety in Series 1.

I thought even Series 1 was better than the book. There was time and space to develop ideas. In films the decision is always about what to cut out.

thisonehasalittlehat - 09 Jun 2022 12:02:15 (#16 of 129)

I think Philip K. Dick is a great example of a good bad writer. He's a terrible writer, mostly because he was paid by the word and just churning stories out. But he is also at the same time brilliantly inventive. The fillums mostly mine his work for ideas rather than for story.

The question that is at the heart of "do androids die of electric sheep" - how do we know we are human rather than artificial - he comes back to again and again in his short stories.

carterbrandon - 09 Jun 2022 12:09:37 (#17 of 129)

catch 22

What? It doesn't even have the 'did you say we can't punish you' court martial scene, which is inexplicable, because it's already-written superb dialogue in the book.

raymie - 09 Jun 2022 11:13:26 (#18 of 129)

Agree about trainspotting, but disagree about catch 22

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Jun 2022 12:15:48 (#19 of 129)

Yes, famously duff SF writer Philip K. Dick. There would hardly be a modern SF film oeuvre without his novels and short stories, ffs.

PKD is a terrific writer and I enjoy all his stuff. I didn't call him 'a duff writer' or deny your claims about him. However, Blade Runner took elements of Do Androids Dream... and ran with them, and dropped bits that didn't work. And so, in this instance, it was better than the book.

thisonehasalittlehat - 09 Jun 2022 12:23:59 (#20 of 129)

The bit that I remember from the book that doesn't work is the duplicate police station staffed by androids.

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