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Old 12-07-2009, 08:05 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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I'm still ticked off that they changed the ending (bigtime!) in Jodi Picoult's "My Sister's Keeper". Grrrrrrrrr...
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I think the best book to movie releases (where I've actuall read the book) were:

Jurrasic Park
The Hunt for Red October
Chronicles of Narnia
Lord of the Rings
Eragon
The Green Mile

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Old 12-07-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy turned out "even better" than you could imagine, as you read the books.
On the Flip side, I loved the book "Animal Farm"; but that movie was terrible and did the book an injustice...IMHO.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy turned out "even better" than you could imagine, as you read the books.
Yea, they would of had to change the rating if Wyrmtongue was eating hobbits in the movie.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Back in the gym...Yo Adrian!
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I read a lot of Elmore Leonard novels, and many of his books have been put to film...Jackie Brown, 52-Pick-up, Killshot, Mr. Majestyk, The Big Bounce, Get Shorty, Be Cool, Joe Kidd etc. Some were excellent, so not so much. I liked Jackie Brown and Killshot best out of all his books that were put to film.

Stephen King's work often falls short when made for movies. It's sometimes difficult to put his books to film without coming off cheesy, and the endings seem to fall apart in the movie versions. I did enjoy Stand By Me, Carrie, Misery, Shawshank Redemption and The Shining even though there were differences between the book and movie in many cases.

Another book to movie that I enjoyed was Ask the Dust.
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Old 12-08-2009, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I just saw Angels and Demons over the weekend. The book was entertaining but not great, but the movie was a hot mess. Tom Hanks driving fast all over Rome and expositing on art history and religion does not a good movie make.
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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I just saw Angels and Demons over the weekend. The book was entertaining but not great, but the movie was a hot mess. Tom Hanks driving fast all over Rome and expositing on art history and religion does not a good movie make.
I wondered how it was. I haven't seen the movie yet.

One good thing about the book was that it sent me to the Internet looking up all those pieces of art. Loved "The Ecstasy of St. Therese", especially after reading of her "vision" in Angels and Demons.

http://maarjaeik.files.wordpress.com...st-therese.jpg
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Old 12-08-2009, 06:55 PM
 
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One terrible, terrible movie that I saw was "Clan of the Cave Bear". The only good thing about the movie was the breathtaking scenery--supposed to be 25,000 BC Europe and was filmed in British Columbia.

However, the concept behind the story interested me enough that I subsequently read the books.
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Old 12-09-2009, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Arlington Virginia
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The movie The Natural is certainly memorable. It is based on the 1952 book about baseball by Bernard Malamud. However in the book...

Spoiler
Roy Hobbs takes the judge's bribe in the end, throws the last important game, is found out, and retires in disgrace
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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We watched TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD . Have not seen it in many years but wanted my young son to see it.
It was one of my favorite books and the movie adaption is stellar.
When Scout sees "Boo" for the first time ( behind the door) and their eyes meet, I was all tears.
Timeless book and movie
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