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Old 08-21-2008, 02:35 AM
 
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You know, the book is always better than the movie. But has there ever been a MOVIE that you thought was better than the book??? This would be rare but it happens and I'm just wondering if you've ever found that in your opinion, the movie is better!

For me....I like the movie Gone With the Wind better than the book.

I think I like The Color Purple better than the book but it has been so long since I read the book, I might change my mind if I re-read it.

On the flip side one book that is 1000000 times better than the movie (the original or newer one) is Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. You just cannot know the story, from the movie! Or you cannot know how many references and allusions that book contains- read the critical edition! But so much is lost in the movie.
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Old 08-21-2008, 05:14 AM
 
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I don't know if I've ever seen a movie that was better than the book BUT there are movies which are great adaptions and do honor the books and authors of these.

I believe that the Lord of the Rings was very good and impressing altho' there've been slight differences to the books.
Also the Harry Potter movies are great in comparison to the book.

Gone with the wind - I liked both. That makes me think of reading it again lol
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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The only movie adapted from a book that I thought was as good as--although not better than--the book was The Joy Luck Club. I thought they did an amazing job with that film.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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Whenever I have read a book and then seen the movie later, I have been disappointed... the other way around works better
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:45 AM
 
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Stand by Me
The Princess Bride
The Shawshank Redemption
About a Boy
Die Hard
Jaws
First Blood
The Godfather
Sideways
The Graduate
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:17 AM
 
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Just thought of one, I LOVED the movie "the english patient", but I just couldn't get into the book.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:35 AM
 
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Just thought of one, I LOVED the movie "the english patient", but I just couldn't get into the book.
Ditto.
And I have enjoyed that author's (Michael Ondaatje) other work.

I read the story of Frank W. Abagnale, and actually preferred the movie version of his tale, which is the most excellent Catch Me If You Can. The book was just kind of dry, the film grabbed and moved me much more.

Mario Puzo's The Godfather was not a bad book by any means.
But the movie was superb; it took and expanded the subject matter into something special.

But I probably should not delve too much into this subject, sometimes it is merely a matter of apples and oranges.
The two media are quite different from one another, and each takes a person to different places.
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Old 08-21-2008, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Fontana, California
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The outsiders. I loved the book. The movie was even better!

I do have to say No Stephen King movie has ever come close to touching the book. The movie versions are so CHEESY!
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Old 08-21-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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I didn't actually read The Color Purple, but tried a few times. So I'd have to say the movie was better.

Cold Mountain...the movie was at least as good as the book, maybe better. Some of his adventures (for lack of a better word) were more understandable on screen, and although I like depressing stuff, the book was much darker.

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The outsiders. I loved the book. The movie was even better!

I do have to say No Stephen King movie has ever come close to touching the book. The movie versions are so CHEESY!
My daughter and I were just discussing The Outsiders. The movie was really good, I think it included everything in the book! I loved the book.

As for Steven King, one book that isn't as good as the movie is The Shining. The book WAS good. But sometimes SK tends to let then ending get away. The book will all make sense, be plausible, and then the ending gets all wacky. The end of The Shining movie was sooooo much better and more believable than in the book!
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Old 08-21-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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The outsiders. I loved the book. The movie was even better!

I do have to say No Stephen King movie has ever come close to touching the book. The movie versions are so CHEESY!
What about "Stand by Me" and "The Shawshank Redemption"?
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