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Date Posted: 2/1/2014 2:36 PM ET
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The Sand Pebbles by Richard McKenna

Date Posted: 2/1/2014 4:55 PM ET
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One of my picks of the year a couple years ago was World War Z.    Last nite we watched the movie, which is only LOOSELY based on the book but a great movie nonetheless.

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2014 1:14 AM ET
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Photo: The Daily LOL: How true is THIS?!

Date Posted: 2/4/2014 9:12 AM ET
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I can actually name two instances where, in my opinion, the movies ware better than the books.  Very very rare and unusual, but here they are:  "Ordinary People" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape".  Two of my all-time favorite movies, and both books were....meh.

 

Date Posted: 2/4/2014 10:06 AM ET
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I liked Ordinary People the first time I saw it. I later bought a video of it and I can't watch it anymore. It has the same problem a lot of Redford's films have. very slow and needs editing to speed up the scenes. I used to have the book but I never did read it.

I was very disappointed with Field of Dreams, I really liked the book and I guess my expectations were too high. The book was Shoeless Joe by W P Kinsella. I read the book again about a year ago and it wasn't as good the second time.

Date Posted: 2/5/2014 8:48 AM ET
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Charles, by any chance is your copy of Ordinary People a cd instead of a vhs?  If so, it's wait-listed over at Swapacd.....

...just saying...

: )

 

Date Posted: 2/5/2014 9:23 AM ET
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no mine is a vhs. I never got out of the vhs phase. I think I have about 3 DVD's. I like to look for old movies on youtube. I haven't looked at the other swap sites.

Date Posted: 2/5/2014 9:53 AM ET
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Date Posted: 2/5/2014 1:54 PM ET
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We all know the movie rarely does the book justice.  I remember thinking "Sarah's Key" was a good adaptation.  And oddly, I hated the book "Life of Pi" but really enjoyed the movie.

Here is a list in the book list section.  These are good and bad ones, the comment section has some feedback. 

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Books-Made-Movies/list/543/

Date Posted: 2/7/2014 8:21 AM ET
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Pamela, i could a bloody book about how awful the film is compared to the book. i honestly dont know why hollywood is in love with buying the rights to a book and then using nothing but the title.

"hey, lets make a movie based of that incredibly successful zombie book!"

"yeah! but lets add brad pitt and take away anything to do with the book! this idea just prints money!"

Date Posted: 2/7/2014 10:38 AM ET
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Gone With the Wind by M Mitchell

Date Posted: 4/10/2014 12:08 AM ET
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I really liked The Oldest Rookie (book) a true story which spawned the baseball film The Rookie.  The book details are actually too good to have included in the movie because, as the producers stated, people wouldn't believe it was true.

Date Posted: 4/10/2014 9:45 AM ET
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well I am going to see about your recommendation. I just requested The Oldest Rookie. I lucked out and got to request a hardcover book.

Date Posted: 4/12/2014 4:55 PM ET
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To Kill a Mockingbird - One of my favorite books and one of my favorite movies.  The scene where the preacher tells Scout to stand up as her father is leaving the courtroom...oh my goodness!

 

Date Posted: 4/15/2014 2:20 PM ET
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The Help.  Liked the book and the movie.

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 6:52 PM ET
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I loved the book "The Book Thief" and we just watched the movie last week.  My DH hadn't read the book, so thought the movie was very good.  I enjoyed the movie, too, BUT the movie just had nowhere near the depth of the book, so was a bit of a disappointment.  I think I should try the reverse -- watch a movie first and THEN read the book.  Would have then been happy with the movie and even more pleased with the book, providing so much more background and detail to enhance the movie.

Date Posted: 4/19/2014 7:25 PM ET
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Catsandroses. Totally agree.
Date Posted: 4/20/2014 8:25 AM ET
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that's a good idea to see the movie first. Unfortunately the book is always available first and for sometimes a year of two before the movie comes out.

I try not to compare the movie and the book. They are different forms and I think it is unfair to expect them to be just alike. It's hard not to compare them though.

Date Posted: 4/21/2014 2:51 PM ET
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"Hotel New Hampshire," loved both the movie and the book. Also, Gone With the Wind.

There really are not many that I liked in both versions.

"Life of Pi" is one of the very rare one---the only one that comes to mind and only since I saw it above----where I liked the movie much more than the book.



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Date Posted: 4/26/2014 9:31 PM ET
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"Enchanted April", LOVED the book! The movie was good but I found the one playing in my head better! I've also seen this performed onstage.

Date Posted: 5/13/2014 2:07 PM ET
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The Wizard of Oz and the Ozma of Oz.  The movie is great, and the books are great.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  The movie with Gene Wilder is not true to the book, but still one of my favorite movies of all time.  The movie with Johnny Depp is truer to the book, but his Willie Wonka character gives me the creeps, so I just can't watch it.

Chocolat.  The book has so much more detail than the movie - infact the entire character of the priest is completely different.  I know people loved the movie, but I also know that it's because they hadn't read the book!

White Oleander was an amazing book that I couldn't put down.  The movie was too hard to understand without reading the book.  Same thing with The Hunger Games.  I have no idea how people understood the movie without having read the book.

Interview with the Vampire was such a great book.  I liked the movie, especially Brad Pitt, but casting Tom Cruise was a huge mistake.  I loved the book AND movie for Queen of the Damned.

Date Posted: 5/13/2014 2:39 PM ET
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.  Love the book, love the movie!!  STELLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Like Water for Chocolate is one of my all time favorite books and all time favorite movies.

The Joy Luck Club.  book and movie are great

Harry Potter series and Twilight series.  I love how the movies follow the books exactly.

I Am Legend was an awesome book.  It was completely backward from the movie, however, but the movie was still enjoyable.

Into the Wild.  If you haven't read this, read it!  The movie is just as good.

The Color Purple.  Excellent adaptation of the book.

From the classics, I love these books/movies:  Dracula, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, The Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, The Old Man and the Sea, 1984, Farenheit 451, and The Outsiders.

The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  I wish they would make movie sequels of all of the books.

IMO the books that were great and the movies that were so-so but still worth watching:

The DaVinci Code, The Host by Stephanie Meyer, Eat, Pray, Love, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Kite Runner, and The Lovely Bones.

Date Posted: 5/13/2014 11:17 PM ET
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The Joy Luck Club.  book and movie are great           I agree.  Both are so good!  the movie made me cry and the book didn't, but I couldn't put the book down and called in sick to work to finish it.

Into the Wild.  If you haven't read this, read it!  The movie is just as good.     

I totally agree.  Great movie.  It made me cry in several places.  Great acting all the way around.    The book is amazing also.  



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Date Posted: 5/14/2014 12:38 AM ET
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I liked The Hunger Games books, and I've been happily surprised at the movie series being so good as well.

Date Posted: 5/15/2014 5:31 PM ET
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I agree, but I have friends who hate to read (gasp!) and they really couldn't make heads or tails out of the movie.  They had no idea who was who and what was going on or why.  Since I read all 3 books, I had to explain every scene.  So, I would sadly say that although I loved the movies, they really don't stand alone.

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