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Subject: Romance Movies
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 1:05 PM ET
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Just wondering why there arent a lot of romance books that have been turned into movies..just curious

does anyone know of any ? I'm guessing cause there is a definite bias against the romance genre


Edited to add: My favorite subgenre of romance are Historicals!

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Date Posted: 2/5/2008 1:24 PM ET
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I was thinking something similar just the other day.   I read mostly historicals.... and lots of those would be great TV movies, especially since Jane Austen is all the rage again... is there still a "Romance Channel" ? (i havn't had cable in ages, so I don't know what's out there anymore)

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 1:25 PM ET
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There is an *awesome* movie of "The Outsider" by Penelope Williamson that shows from time to time on the Hallmark Channel (I think).  Tim Daly (smokin' hot in this role) and Naomi Watts are the leads.  I recommend renting the DVD as opposed to watching it on TV, though, because the unedited love scene is sexier ;)


Date Posted: 2/5/2008 1:27 PM ET
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There were quite a few Harlequin novels that were made into  made-for-TV genre movies.  They air on Lifetime occasionally.   I also think that frequently the novels we love don't necessarily translate well into movies.  I was so looking forward to Lavyrle Spencer's Morning Glory being made into a movie, then I heard it was awful and had major plot changes, so I chose not to watch it.

My personal feeling is that studios have found that they have no leeway.  If they don't get the story just right, the actors properly casted, etc then the fans will crucify them.

Anyway, the book is always better than the movie, right ;)

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 2:18 PM ET
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If you have Netflix, you will find a lot of Danielle Steel books made into movies.  Hallmark did Julie Garwood's "For the Roses." It was definately different than the book.  I haven't seen it in years.    It was called "Rose Hill." Mary Rose was played by Jennifer Garner.  (1997)

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 3:04 PM ET
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They have also done quite a few of Nora Roberts books, but the movies were just so-so.  I wasn't impressed.

I'm waiting for Georgette Heyer movies, but I don't think it is going to happen due to some restrictions unfortunately.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 3:16 PM ET
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I will definitely look up "The Outsider" on Netflix I recently read that book so its still fresh in my mind. Thanks!

p.s. I thought the movie "Far and Away" with Nicole Kidman/Tom Cruise mostly resembled a romance book, I dont know if that was a book originally though.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 3:29 PM ET
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I think its because you can't really translate all the emotion and action from a romance into a 2 hour movie.  It just won't be the same.


Date Posted: 2/5/2008 3:53 PM ET
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I think Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice..the one with kiera Knightly is one of the best romatic movies I've seen in a long time.


Date Posted: 2/5/2008 7:11 PM ET
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I know they've made a few Diana Palmers into movies but they didn't translate well either, the characters looked nothing like the descriptions and the story didn't really follow.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 7:59 PM ET
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Nicholas Sparks's "Message in a bottle" was made into a movie with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright. Keep the kleenex handy, i sobbed thru this one!

Oh yes, "The Outsider" was good! Yes i agree, Tim Daly was so HOT in this movie!

Many years ago LaVyrle Spencer's " The fullfilment" was made into a t.v. movie staring Cheryl Ladd, it was a good movie and it wasn't until many years later did i realize it was based on Spencer's book. I believe they changed the name of it for the movie.It was about a married couple who couldn't conceive a baby, set in the 1800's.So the husband asked his brother to father a child with his wife. I know the subject matter sounds a little twisted but it actually was a good book!


Date Posted: 2/8/2008 3:00 PM ET
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danielle steele and harlequins into movies.  ughh.   Can't they pick something a little more sophisticated? 

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Date Posted: 2/8/2008 5:03 PM ET
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I would think, just from a marketing perspective, love & romance usually translates into chick flicks, or date movies.  Not sure those have that big of a market share, which would probably put them low in the pecking order and unlikely to be much of a priority.  Which probably explains why there are so many that are made for TV, and of those, so many are from bestsellers like Danielle Steele.  Frankly, I think they stereotype the genre, and should take a closer look - maybe if we all write letters?  Certainly the romances with a high level of action & adventure would be good candidates.  Some of Marsha Canham's books come to mind.  Maybe some from the paranormal or suspense sub-categories would be good candidates too.