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Subject: Books to Films?
Date Posted: 2/28/2011 11:46 AM ET
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Part 1 - What, in your opinion, is the best adaption of a novel into a film? Not a stage play, a novel.


Part 2 - If I was a famous Hollywood director with a $100million dollar production team behind me, and I turned to you and said, "What book would you like me to make into a full-length feature film?" What would you're answer be (and would you have a preference for which Director it was?)

Date Posted: 2/28/2011 5:34 PM ET
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I'm not sure what has been my favorite movie based on a novel but the LOTR trilogy is definitely up there. There is just something so amazing about the movies that transports you to Middle Earth so completely. I am in love with the movies and the books as well.


I know it's already been made into a movie but "The Picture of Dorian Gray" should be remade and I do believe that if Tim Burton was the director, it would an absolutely fantastic movie!

Date Posted: 3/3/2011 8:02 AM ET
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I agree on both counts.

I can't believe this topic has not had more replies.

I think this is a facinating thought excercise.


How about Lord of the flies directed by Quentin Tarrantino staring the cast of Glee.  eh?

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 11:18 PM ET
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I agree with the LOTR comment, that's definitely up there.  But for me, the ONLY book I've ever read that I enjoyed the movie MORE was Jurassic Park.  I love that movie and the book to me was too technical and long winded.  I think Spielburg did a fantastic job of taking the base of the novel and turning it into something truly fantastic and fun.

As for part 2, I'd really like to see the Kingdom Keepers series made, but only if it was done in the Disney Parks and was kept true to the books (but how often does that happen? :)  I think the director of Shrek and the Narnia films would be a good choice, Andrew Adamson.

Date Posted: 4/16/2011 3:06 PM ET
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The newer version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was really good. So were the LOTR.

For what books I would pick, I know they're already doing this, but the Hunger Games trilogy would be good. It's pretty violent, so I would want to make sure the director handled that well (not to much gore). There's not to many directors I would trust with that. A Percy Jackson re-do would be good too, and so would a stab at the Circle trilogy.

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Date Posted: 4/24/2011 10:49 PM ET
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I know no one would agree with me on it, but I did in fact like The Golden Compass movie. I don't think it really did that well because the first book isn't as action-packed as its successors - the first one really just established the story's principle and characters.

The book I'd pick for a film, no question, would be The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie. It was supposed to be turned into an action film, but the project fell through unfortunately - the timing just wasn't right. It was such a great novel, so hilarious and well-written, with great characters and story, it would be an amazing movie.

Date Posted: 4/25/2011 6:17 PM ET
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Hrmm I can name two movies but I doubt anyone here would have seen them..LOL First one is Playing Beatie Bow (novel by Ruth Park) and the second was is Storm boy (not sure of the author)/

Book I'd like to see as a movie is any of the Thursday Next series of books. They'd be great OR The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore. I think SImon Pegg would be great directing it, right kind of humour.

Date Posted: 4/27/2011 3:41 PM ET
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Stephen King's Misery was a good adaptation, I thought.  Even better, the screenplay was written by William Goldman!

I love the idea of a new Lord of the Flies.  So much can be done with that story!

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 2:05 PM ET
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I know this one is already an anime film by a pretty famous Japanese man, but I would like to see Howl's Moving Castle and it's sequels made into a trilogy of movies.

The reason I say do-over is because, frankly speaking, I didn't like the anime version. Yes, I'm the minority though. But really, I just don't think the anime did Howl's Moving Castle justice. I was really quite disappointed.


As for the director, got me. Lol. I've never really thought of things like that. :)


Natalie B.

Date Posted: 6/4/2011 5:52 PM ET
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Tiger's Curse       director should be Christopher Columbus


Date Posted: 6/5/2011 4:36 PM ET
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Best novel-to-screen translations in my opinion, and in no particular order: Trainspotting, A Scanner Darkly, Fight Club, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Watchmen.

Book I'd like to see turned into a movie, that hasn't already been done: Stranger in a Strange Land. I think I'd like Clooney to direct it.

Date Posted: 6/6/2011 12:12 PM ET
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James- I can grok that..LOL

Date Posted: 10/4/2011 8:34 PM ET
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There have been a few really brilliant novel-to-film adaptations.  I'd list in no particular order:

  • A Clockwork Orange (novel by Anthony Burgess, film by Stanley Kubrick)
  • Blade Runner (novel by Philip K. Dick, film by Ridley Scott)
  • Carrie (novel by Stephen King, film by Brian de Palma)
  • Strangers on a Train (novel by Patricia Highsmith, film by Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Rebecca (novel by Daphne duMaurier, film by Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Goodfellas (memoir by Nicholas Pileggi, film by Martin Scorsese)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (novel by Ken Kinsey, film by Milos Forman)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (novel by Thomas Harris, film by Jonathan Demme)

I'd like to see a film of The Terror by Dan Simmons, preferably directed by someone like Peter Jackson or Guillermo del Toro.

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Date Posted: 10/5/2011 4:37 PM ET
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To Kill A Mockingbird was a great movie adaptation from a great book.   I think they did a pretty good job of making movies from the Harry Potter books. 

I think the book I would like to see made into a movie would be The Aquatainne Progression by Robert Ludlum. 

Date Posted: 10/11/2011 7:28 PM ET
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Have to go in the LOTR camp for best book to movie adaptation.

I'd like to see two of my favorite books made into movies.  The first would be a huge challenge due to story complexity, though. 

"Lady of Hay" by Barbara Erskine (my cousin's BIL is an Oscar winning producer and I even pitched it to him once)  This would be a huge challenge due to story complexity, though.

"A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.  How fun would this book be as a movie?!?!?!?

Oh, and a third addition, which I know is echoed by thousands - I'd really, really like to see the J.D. Robb "In Death" books made into movie.  There's even several links in YouTube on who should be cast as the leads.  Here's one fantasy casting video: