Books into films/tv

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sam from worthing

Books into films/tv

following on from chat about bridges of maddison county.

what films/tv productions do you think work or not work.

Misery by Stephen King rates very high in my opinion, as does the film.

The boy in striped PJ's in book form was brilliant very vivid account with oodles to the imagination - the film to me, was a total flop.

I love the Martina Cole books (reminds me of my local hang outs when i lived in essex) but many of the tv adaptations of some of the books have been a let down - mainly casting related.

I also absorb Jackie Collins books with a vengenace, many of my copies of her books of which i have every copy are extremely dog earred and falling to bits, and again the tv adapations let the books down - imagination is so much better - and i feel i could be a good caster.

Or what books do yu think could be a good film conversion.


Books into films/tv

I loved the book "The Kite Runner" and found the film really good too.

Jodi Picoult's book " My Sister's Keeper" I really liked but thought the film was terrible!! Actually, the DVD stopped working before the end and we never bothered to borrow it again!! I believe they changed the ending as they didn't think US audiences would like it!!

For me "To Kill a Mockingbird"
is a great book and film.


books into films/tv

I read The Time Travellers Wife following a recommedation from Three Olive Martini. I loved the book; it was a beautiful love story that I just did not want to put down, but in film it came over as pervy and really disjointed.

I can't wait to see The Brass Verdict as Michael Connelly is my favourite author; I've got my own ideas as to how the main character behaves but will be interested to see how Matthew Mcconaughey plays him.


Books into Films

"For me "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a great book and film."

Sonya, for me, both are dreadful! Sorry!

Same with Harry Potter, such good books, such appalling films.

Remains of the Day, superb film, book is rather dull. Howards End, both are brilliant. Woman in White is one of my very fave books, as you know, yet despite many adaptations for TV, none of them are any cop, at least of the ones I've seen.

There is a fantastic adaptation of Wuthering Heights though, except Cathy speaks with a french accent (?!?!?!?!?!?) Sinead O'Conner plays Emily Bronte in it which sounds odd, but works so well.

Generally, books are let down by the filming.


Gravy Queen 1

Books into films

I loved the Joanne Harris book Chocolat and was quite enjoying the film unti they completely changed the ending!



books into films

Are you reading my mind GQ????(See pizza base thread) I was just going to post about Chocolat too. Loved the book;hated the film.

Liz from Cumbria

Oooh, showing my age here...

I remember (many years ago) reading Harold Robbins's The Carpet Baggers and I loved it then went to see the film. I remember that Ernest Borgnine was in it and that I thought he was, usually, quite a good actor. I can't remember who the leading man was. Anyway, that film totally put me off watching a film after I'd read the book - it was totally cr** - nothing like the book (or at least nothing like what I remembered reading!) I wasn't sure if I was remembering wrongly or whether the script-writer was useless - I hope it wasn't Harold Robbins himself! I do realise that no movie can ever capture all the nuances of a book but crikey, if you're going to change so much of it, why make a movie of it in the first place - just tell us that you were "inspired by" and wrote something new.
Sorry, rant over!!



Working the other way round, years ago I read Jaws and thought it was one of the worst books I had ever read. Then, I was reluctantly persuaded to go and see the film, and was amazed at the way Stephen Spielberg had turned a mundane book into one of the most psychologically tense films I've ever seen.

Nausea Bagwash

Book to film

I almost never watch the film of a book I;ve enjoyed as they never seem to stand up to the book. Sometimes the films seem to be taken from a totally different book!


Books into films/tv

Captain Corelli's Mandolin. The film had an entirely different ending from the book which, although it gave a feel good factor to the film, entirely missed the pathos of the book's ending which was one of its great charms.

I do feel very strongly that history and "important" books ( though how you define that is subjective) should not be changed in films just to make them sell.

My late father in law, one of the Pathfinders, refused to be acknowledged in the film credits of one the many WW2 films he advised upon, because it was so factually incorrect. He felt that the film makers had tried to re-write history and given that the film might be the only version some people ever came across, this was unacceptable.


Books into Films.

Another one that was strange was "Hannibal". The follow up to "The Silence of the Lambs".

Apparently Thomas Harris did not want to write the book but was eventually persuaded with money from both his publishers and the film company.

Don't know why they bothered because the film bears very little resemblance to the book. Both are good actually, but totally different.


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