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Subject: The movie's better than the book...
Date Posted: 8/24/2008 2:55 PM ET
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Has there been an instance where the movie has been better than the book?

I can think of two. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safron Foer and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although I'd have to say the Rings movies were as good as if not better.

Any other opinions?

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 2:56 PM ET
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No way are the LOTR movies better! Heresy!

 

I think The Painted Veil was a better movie than the book. I liked the characters more....'course it could be that Ed Norton's tush has something to do with it.



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Date Posted: 8/24/2008 3:06 PM ET
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I liked The Wedding Date better than its book counterpart (Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young).  There were a lot of differences, though, almost like it's not quite a fair comparison.  I know someone who liked the book better, too, so it's just all personal choice. 

No way are the LOTR movies better! Heresy!

LOL!  I feel that way about the Harry Potter books/movies. Personal choice, though, remember. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 3:32 PM ET
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Nanny McPhee

Goodnight, Mr. Tom

And the Michael Dobb's trilogy:House of Cards; To Play the King; The Final Cut.

Forrest Gump

 

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 3:35 PM ET
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Beth - I agree with you about HP! I guess I like my mind's eye better than the films. I DO enjoy the HP and TLOTR films but I would never call them better.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 3:40 PM ET
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Agree, Tonsky, and they have to leave so much out!

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/24/2008 3:40 PM ET
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The original Star Wars movies had companion books that were pretty bad.  I believe they were adapted by ghost writers from the scripts, and were not well written at all. 

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 9:59 PM ET
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I enjoyed The Joy Luck Club movie better than the book. I didn't even finish the book.

Date Posted: 8/24/2008 11:03 PM ET
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The Firm.  Liked the ending in the movie much better!

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 12:03 AM ET
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A Walk To Remember.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 8:20 AM ET
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Forrest Gump -- I loved the movie, thought I'd check out the book, thinking I would like it even better than the film......what a disappointment the book was!

Claire

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 8:26 AM ET
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Bridget Jones' Diary.  The written Bridget's "voice" annoyed me.

 

ETA: Sex and the City.  Candace Bushnell was probably limited by the fact she was writing about real people and had to hide their identities, but the people in the original stories all feel made up.



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