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Title: Books to Movies
Post by: Elle on September 06, 2007, 06:58:39 pm
I know there's been some discussion about this in the Blood&Chocolate thread and a few others.

I know sometimes it works, for me LotR was a big winner...and sometimes it doesn't, hello B&C. Now...I haven't read 'The Dark is Rising' by Susan Cooper but a friend is a huge fan. She's afraid that the upcoming movie adaptation will be if not a disaster then something close to that. She's heard there's going to be quite a few changes from the novel and she's afraid that it will lose it's magic.

So...any favorite books to movies out there? or ones that you cringe at?
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Grey Drakkon on September 06, 2007, 07:24:46 pm
Vampire$ was absolutely worthless as a movie, while quite interesting as a book.  To show you just how much they maimed the characters, in the book, Cat is a sexy charming laid back guy.  In the movie he was a beer-bellied whiney "I want to punch you in the face so you'll stop being around me" kind of guy.  :P
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 07, 2007, 02:22:12 am
Mystic River was fabulous both as a novel and as a movie: Clint Eastwood is great!!  ;D
Also The General's Daughter, even if in the movie they skipped on some details that would have explained why Madeleine Stowe couldn't stand John Travolta, but overall it was good. James Cromwell made a great General. ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Cerulean on September 07, 2007, 10:33:26 am
I'm quite worried about The Dark is Rising, too. I *love* those books and the preview has me quite concerned. I'll probably go anyway, just because ... but I'm definitely forewarned. And will go at matinée prices :)

Of course LOTR is the best adaptation :) IMO. Other good ones are the Harry Potters. But those are both hugely popular books that people would die if they saw *really* changed. I think one of the worst adaptations I've ever seen was Congo by Michael Crichton. I remember absolutely loving the book - I couldn't put it down. The movie, however, basically switched two of the main character's personalties, added new characters, kept the names of old characters, but not their actual .. character. It was a jumbled mess.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 07, 2007, 01:02:21 pm
I just finished reading The Dark is Rising (I saw the trailer and got interested) and it seems that they changed quite a bit. I haven't made my mind up yet about the book, so there's a chance I might prefer the movie.

Better on screen than as a book: "Just Like Heaven". I honestly couldn't stand Marc Levy's book but the movie was alright. Nothing spectacular, but better than the book.

Almost as good as the book: LOTR without any doubt. I really don't believe that we'll ever see a better adaptation. Only things that really bothered me: Rohan didn't look like rolling grassland; the orcs looked too slimy and like something out of older PJ gore movies; and they tried to make Faramir a bad guy at first??? Seriously, that one got me all riled up- Faramir was a truly great hero in the trilogy, and they butchered him for no apparent reason IMO. But apart from that- perfect for me.

Also a very good adaptation: Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Grey Drakkon on September 07, 2007, 02:15:33 pm
Ditto with you on Faramir, I LOVED him in the book, he's the exact opposite of his brother, in other words, not a dick.  In the movie they made him just like his brother. :P
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jackie on September 07, 2007, 04:27:28 pm
Books are books and movies are movies. The demands of the story and how it is told dictates which medium will work better.  Stories can be told in many ways but most of us here probably have a bias towards books.  I know I do.  I know my partner prefers movies. 
I think if you take a story accross media you should expect the details to change - but not the tone or the heart of it.  LOTR is a good example of doing it right.  Elizabeth George's "A Great Deliverance" turned into a TV mini series was not IMO.  George hit some very important but ugly social ills in her book that were totally ignored in the series.  The series wimped out and didn't need to.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 07, 2007, 07:54:23 pm
Two doorstops that I've never been able to read, but can deal with as movies: LotR & Dune.  Liked the movie 'Postman' with Kevin Costner, but couldn't get into the book.  Most others, I prefer the book to the movie. 
I'll usually suggest, for someone who discovers a story that's in both media that they see the movie first, then read the book.  It often opens the movie up, while perhaps giving a better visual of the people &/or landscape than they'd have without the movie.
Howl's Moving Castle, for instance, started from the book and went off at almost a right angle.  The author liked it, but it wasn't really close to the ending (or causes of certain situations) of her book.  And you couldn't, from what I recall of the movie, follow it up with anything remotely resembling the sequel book she did, 'Castle in the Air'.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Morgaine0000 on September 08, 2007, 12:11:55 am
A lot of people didn't like the SciFi Channel adaptation of Dune(mini-series), but I thought it was good.  Hugely better than most of their movies, in any event.   LOTR was excellent.  Brokeback Mountain was also excellent and followed the short story pretty closely.  Of course, short stories are probably sometimes easier to turn into movies.    I also liked the 1992  version of Last of the Mohicans, which did not follow the book very closely.   It has gorgeous cinematography, btw.    And for scifi, I think Blade Runner is probably one of the most important movies based on books.  Oh, and I liked A Scanner Darkly, also based on Philip Dick story. 

As, for the issue of Hollywood totally making a mess of a book, I think that is always a possibility.  On the other hand, the money paid can make it possible for an author to write full time as happened with Richard K. Morgan (Altered Carbon -- which I highly recommend). 

Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Grey Drakkon on September 08, 2007, 11:19:15 am
I think that as long as the author manages to stay involved, hollywood can't throw too much crap in there.  I know that there was a long drought of movies involving Neil Gaiman books because he took one look at the script and said no way in hell.  Which I'm very grateful for, because I looked at some of those scripts. (the ones based off the Sandman comics were HORRIBLE)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Morgaine0000 on September 08, 2007, 05:44:47 pm
I think it's pretty common place that authors have no or little   say in what is done after their work is optioned, especially an author who is just starting out.   The amount of money that Hollywood can bring to the table is larger than what authors generally make for the book alone, unless they are someone like Stephen King.   I would never hold a bad movie against an author unless they wrote the script or were a producer.    A lot of genre authors have "day jobs."  If money from Hollywood can allow them to write full time or write what they want, I think its worth it. 
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 08, 2007, 06:23:13 pm
I think it's pretty common place that authors have no or little   say in what is done after their work is optioned, especially an author who is just starting out.   The amount of money that Hollywood can bring to the table is larger than what authors generally make for the book alone, unless they are someone like Stephen King.   I would never hold a bad movie against an author unless they wrote the script or were a producer.    A lot of genre authors have "day jobs."  If money from Hollywood can allow them to write full time or write what they want, I think its worth it. 
This is a perfect lead in, so I'm going to hijack the thread for a moment, gang.  I ran across a few posts in my other SF forum that I thought were very insightful, & the person who wrote them just put up a new thread there where he talks about whether he's a 'real writer'.  One of the things he says is that very few people can make a living at it, even with half a dozen books published.  To show you how good he is, I'm copying his home page address, so you can read some of his shapeshifter story that he's publishing online.  It's worth your attention.
http://home.att.net/~ larrydla/writing.html   :) 
Also, on the subject of authors & how much impact they can or can't have on their work when it's made into a movie, read Dick Francis' book "Wild Horses".
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Cerulean on September 09, 2007, 09:41:48 am
I think that the movie adaptations of LOTR were actually better than the books. I may be speaking heresy to some, but I thought they trimmed a lot of the places where Tolkien went on and on and on in places that didn't really have much to do with the story - like Tom Bombadil and the Ent wives.

The Princess Bride is another example of a great book-to-screen version. Well, a book-to-book-to-screen version :)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenniwee on September 09, 2007, 05:46:15 pm
I usuaully do asaptations of the classics which tend to be very hit or miss.  They are either spot on or you leave the theater going, "What book were they working from?"  I like most of the Jane Austen adaptations, even when they stray a bit from the text.  I despise all of the Jane Eyre adaptations.  Every once in a while it seems like a producer read the blurb on the back of something and went, oh that sounds like a good plot and then went off and wrote whatever (or had written).

I think the reason that LOTR works so well, is that they actually made the movies long enough to contain the plot.  One of the things that bothers me about several of the HP movies is the amount they cut from the original text.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 10, 2007, 09:41:49 pm
Ditto with you on Faramir, I LOVED him in the book, he's the exact opposite of his brother, in other words, not a dick.  In the movie they made him just like his brother. :P
I'm also sad they didn't include any scene with Eowyn and Faramir in the Houses of Healing. I do realize that they weren't essential for the plot, but... ah well. Just because they're my favorite LOTR couple doesn't mean everybody else feels that way.

I think the reason that LOTR works so well, is that they actually made the movies long enough to contain the plot.
I agree. I don't know what possessed New Line to give Peter Jackson that kind of a deal (three mega movies instead of just one), because- well, have you seen what kind of movies he had done so far?? If I had been an executive at New Line I would have laughed at him and then have security escort the gentleman off the premises. But I'm really thankful that someone had better judgement than me and gave green light to a project of this magnitude. You can't squeeze LOTR into one movie and hope to make it justice in any way.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 10, 2007, 11:37:11 pm
I agree. I don't know what possessed New Line to give Peter Jackson that kind of a deal (three mega movies instead of just one), because- well, have you seen what kind of movies he had done so far?? If I had been an executive at New Line I would have laughed at him and then have security escort the gentleman off the premises. But I'm really thankful that someone had better judgement than me and gave green light to a project of this magnitude. You can't squeeze LOTR into one movie and hope to make it justice in any way.

You can squeeze LOTR in one movie: it simply has to be a 9-plus hours movie!! ;D It's not that difficult... ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jackie on September 11, 2007, 07:28:13 am
The thing is, LOTR was a good movie candidate book.   It was very visual and while it had a huge cast of characters, very few of them you got to know very closely.  The POV was third person omniscent  which can be a good POV especially for a big movie.

Also - Peter Jackson and everyone who worked on it LOVED the book.  I think it was a requirement for the project.  Those few that didn't know it before they got there were probably overwhelmed by the culture and all but didn't have a choice! ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenniwee on September 11, 2007, 09:49:20 am
Also - Peter Jackson and everyone who worked on it LOVED the book.  I think it was a requirement for the project.  Those few that didn't know it before they got there were probably overwhelmed by the culture and all but didn't have a choice! ;D

I think for a book-to-movie project to succeed, this is almost a requirement.  For example, if you look at the BBC/A&E Pride and Prejudice, or Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility, the people involved really loved the books and wanted to share them with a wider audience, rather than merely viewing them as a money making opportunity.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Iris101 on September 11, 2007, 02:36:59 pm
I cant wait until Twilight comes out in theatres:D  I dont think it'll be too good but...
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 12, 2007, 04:14:07 am
Also - Peter Jackson and everyone who worked on it LOVED the book.  I think it was a requirement for the project.  Those few that didn't know it before they got there were probably overwhelmed by the culture and all but didn't have a choice! ;D
I agree. If they hadn't been totally crazy about the book they would ahve given up halfway- or at least they would never have put so much attention to detail in their work. I devoured the making of DVDs almost as much as the movies themselves because you could see that everybody involved was so committed to the project and thrilled to be involved. No matter how much work they had to put into it, it was worth it for them- and it shows on screen.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jackie on September 12, 2007, 06:14:14 am
Collaroy - I think anything that's made with that much intention and committment deserves a look-see and an honest critique.  I loved both the books and the movies because they each were enchanting in there own right as well as the best the contributors and artists could make them.  Humans are awe-inspiring when they are at their best.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on September 12, 2007, 11:04:07 pm
The Princess Bride is another example of a great book-to-screen version. Well, a book-to-book-to-screen version :)

I love that movie...so quirky and strange and unbelievably sappy...but who doesn't need a little sillyness to lighten their day?

I got a hold of Goldman's translation of Princess Bride with all his notes on why he edited it and all that, it was actually quite funny!
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on September 12, 2007, 11:08:49 pm
I think creating a movie out of a book is one of the worst jobs ever!  I mean, think about the millions of people who have read the book and loved it.  Now there are a million+ ideas of how it should look on the screen and the director has to please most of these people if he wants to make a profit!  Not the job for me!! :o
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 13, 2007, 04:17:25 am
If you think that's bad, try doing it with something that matters, like schools or roads! :o
Now you know why no sane people run for public offices, eh? ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on September 13, 2007, 11:34:36 pm
No kidding!  And for those who DO make it into public office...well, we are soon wondering how they got there, no? ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 14, 2007, 07:31:09 am
Oh!  Taranis, you just reminded me!  Join us over at quotes!  Hee hee hee!
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Elle on September 14, 2007, 07:43:21 pm
Oh...Princess Bride. As you wish.

I'd have to say that one of my favorite adapations has been Clueless from Jane Austen's Emma. True to the heart of it but with it's own interpretation. Lots of fun.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenniwee on September 14, 2007, 07:59:42 pm
Love Clueless!!  have you seen 10 Things I Hate About You?  It's an adaptation of Taming of the Shrew.  Like Clueless, it's set in a high school.  What is is about classical lit that can lend itself so well to teenage adaptations?
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 17, 2007, 09:09:34 am
I'd have to say that one of my favorite adapations has been Clueless from Jane Austen's Emma. True to the heart of it but with it's own interpretation. Lots of fun.
Ditto that! I always thought that Jane Austen would have loved that adaptation. It's disguised as a teenage comedy but it's ironic and witty and doesn't take itself too seriously... definitely one of my fav comedies.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Grey Drakkon on September 17, 2007, 05:26:29 pm
Oh, thought of a really good book to movie, Fight Club.  They changed who said who a lot, but it really didn't matter at all.  I enjoyed reading the book, and liked the movie even more, the actors were spot on.  If you haven't seen this movie because you thought it was just about a bunch of dumb guys punching each other, go ahead and give it a try, there's a lot of dark humor scattered throughout it.  ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Mominator on September 17, 2007, 05:39:17 pm
Fun topic!

One movie adaptation that was absolutely horrible was Heinlein's "Starship Troopers".    >:( >:( >:(  Or as I call it, "Starship Troopers: a movie whose script may have been in the same room as the book at one time, but I seriously doubt it".  I mean, the book was about exploring the idea that you must earn your franchise (aka, the right to vote or have a say in government) rather than it being a right you are given at birth.  It ended up as a bug guts-filled shoot em up movie with "Doogie Hitler, MD", and unisex group showers.  Sheesh.

Oh, and as for other adaptations... "Starbuck is a BOY!"  /grump grump grump

:)
-Momi
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Grey Drakkon on September 17, 2007, 05:47:59 pm
Ok I agree/disagree with you on Starship Troopers.  The only thing the movie had in common with the book is some of the names, and it was in the future (and they even messed up the gender on at least one character!)  so I definitely agree with ya there.  However, I really liked the movie, I thought it was pretty funny and gave a pretty ironic look at the government and "spin" (especially the commercials on joining the military). 
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 17, 2007, 06:00:09 pm
STT was definately one of those things where you have to back it up & say "Two guys started from a title, 1 idea, & 5 names, and wrote completely different stories.  Here they are:"  Otherwise you give yourself a stroke. (That's my new take on bad/diverging movie adaptations)

And I just saw 'Jumper:  Griff's Story' in the bookstore, and was dumbfounded to discover that Gould's books 'Jumper' & 'Reflex' have been adapted, coming out early next year!  Then, to top that, he wrote THIS book to adapt to the way the movie was made!

Howsabout that?
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenglows on September 17, 2007, 09:53:10 pm
Oh, thought of a really good book to movie, Fight Club.  They changed who said who a lot, but it really didn't matter at all.  I enjoyed reading the book, and liked the movie even more, the actors were spot on.  If you haven't seen this movie because you thought it was just about a bunch of dumb guys punching each other, go ahead and give it a try, there's a lot of dark humor scattered throughout it.  ;)
This is one of my favorite movies. Grey Drakkon is right - It's so not just about guys hitting each other! It is more than just dark humor too, the subtopics are very relevant to modern society, especially for my age group ( late 20's early 30's)... Ikea nesting instinct - Love it ;)  I think it translated so well because the novel is written kinda like a screenplay. I also really liked what the actors brought to the movie - Helena Bonham Carter, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are fabulous!
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on September 18, 2007, 01:53:58 am
Fight Club was a total surprise for me.  The movie was definitely weird but I love twists and this one was a killer.  I had no idea that it was based on a novel until I saw it and now I would like to read the book...although it's kinda spoiled now... :)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 18, 2007, 03:27:09 am
Oh, loved Fight Club!! :-* I was laughing myself silly when Edward Norton finds the way to sleep... :D Didn't read the book though, I'll give it a try, sooner or later...
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 18, 2007, 04:49:04 am
I didn't even know that there was a book. Ignorance is bliss, that's my motto. ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jackie on September 18, 2007, 06:25:50 am
Starship troopers - I liked both.  They are only very superficially related, though.  I think that it so obviously isn't the book that makes the movie acceptable.  After my son saw the movie (not my idea at the time)  I had him read the book.  He was confused, but liked it as well.  Which was where I finally saw what little similarity between the two were.  It's a spoof.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 18, 2007, 08:33:37 am
Ooh, that's another good way of looking at it, Jackie.

By the way, the man who wrote 'Fight Club' has some other really good stuff out there, if you like the kinds of things.  I can't pronounce his name, when I worked in the bookstore, I'd call him 'Chuckie P'.  We had to keep his books behind the sales counter, they'd get stolen so often.  He's got one that I tried to read, but couldn't get into, 'Lullaby', I think, about someone dreaming changes in reality, not like the LeGuin book, far creepier.  He's also a Portland Resident/native, & has written a kind of off the wall guidebook to it.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on September 18, 2007, 03:21:31 pm
The main reason I was interested in Fight Club was the complexity and absolute believability of the characters ( I know, I know, sounds really cheesy!   ;)  What can I say?  I'm a Lit. Freak!)  I'd be curious to read the book to see how different or similar it was and how those characters translated onto paper.  I love complex stories... ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 18, 2007, 07:51:23 pm
Okay, Taranis, we really need to get you into the Lisanne Norman 'Sholan Alliance' novels.  I can't keep track of the factions any more.
And maybe the Vorkosigan universe by LMBujold, where any proper fight has at least three sides. :D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on September 19, 2007, 06:52:36 pm
Thanks for the tip, Patti!  Sounds awesome!  Once again our resident Library comes to the rescue!! ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 19, 2007, 08:09:04 pm
Please don't do that! ;D  I huffed on my nails & tried to buff them on my chest; now I have a nice set of slashes from the tiger claws! ;D :D ;D
Yup, I'm a library on legs, that's what the 'L' in my name stands for.
Oh, going back to books > movies, tonight on Jeapordy, they mentioned that Ludlum wrote 3 Bourne books, & Erik von Lubuester (I can't spell the man's name, apologies) wrote two more.  Didn't say anything about more beyond that, but it's 1/2 hour tv show.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 21, 2007, 10:36:33 am
Coming from the romantic comedies thread: Bridget Jones. I absolutely loved the book (only read the first, though), and thought that the movie was okay. Most people who hadn't read the book first had a great time with the movie, though. Probably should've read the book afterwards.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on September 21, 2007, 10:45:21 am
It seems that if you read the book before seeing the movie you invariably like your first impression better!  (And vice versa of course!)  One adaptation that disappointed me was Eragon.  I liked the book but the movie was way too rushed!  And short.  They could have added more meat to its bones without making it another movie marathon!
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 21, 2007, 01:40:28 pm
Having read both Bridget Jones diaries and seen both the movies, I think they made a good job out of the books, changing only some particulars that weren't that important on the whole. Another good book to movie is About a boy by Nick Hornby: loved the book and the movie was definitely enjoyable too :)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 22, 2007, 12:25:59 am
Another good book to movie is About a boy by Nick Hornby: loved the book and the movie was definitely enjoyable too :)
I agree, the actors (great casting for Fiona and Marcus especially) and the writers all did great jobs.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 22, 2007, 09:28:09 am
I thought I was going to choke from laughing in the scene where Hugh Grant has to sing... :D

Jumping to another genre entirely, I loved "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein", the one with DeNiro as the creature and Kenneth Branagh as Dr. Frankenstein: I think it was really well rendered and faithful to the original story. Really loved it!!! ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenniwee on September 22, 2007, 01:48:53 pm
Jumping to another genre entirely, I loved "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein", the one with DeNiro as the creature and Kenneth Branagh as Dr. Frankenstein: I think it was really well rendered and faithful to the original story. Really loved it!!! ;D

Except that they made it into a love story.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 22, 2007, 02:10:31 pm
Yeah, but I've seen worse ;) Aw, ok, I'll admit it: I have a thing for Kenneth Branagh too... ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenniwee on September 22, 2007, 04:07:31 pm
Oh, I totally agree that they give the best depiction of the monster and most of the horror of the modern world stuff, I just object to the emphasis on the romance.

And Branagh was excellent in it.  After he had really become famous but before he started drinking his own bath water.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenglows on September 22, 2007, 11:34:40 pm
And Branagh was excellent in it.  After he had really become famous but before he started drinking his own bath water.
hehehee,  i loved him in the Harry Potter movies ;) fitting to his character, I think :)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 23, 2007, 01:09:37 am
Oh, I totally agree that they give the best depiction of the monster and most of the horror of the modern world stuff, I just object to the emphasis on the romance.

Hmm, but if you think about it even the LOTR movies put more emphasis on the story between Arwen and Aragorn than the book, but in the end the movie was great all the same. Maybe it's just that I don't mind some romance even in a "horror" story. :)
But since there is Branagh in Frankenstein, my opinion might be a little biased... *mazoku whistling innocently* ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 23, 2007, 06:54:34 am
Hmm, but if you think about it even the LOTR movies put more emphasis on the story between Arwen and Aragorn than the book, but in the end the movie was great all the same. Maybe it's just that I don't mind some romance even in a "horror" story. :)
But I think the movie would have worked just fine without enhancing the whole Arwen/Aragorn thing. IMO it wasn't enough romance to keep the female audience going on anyway (the female audience was hooked at the first sight of Aragorn, no need for Arwen... if you're asking me). ;) Then again, their scenes didn't damage the movie either, so I don't really care. Although I'm still a little disappointed they sacrificed Eowyn/Faramir for their sake...
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 23, 2007, 11:09:26 am
(the female audience was hooked at the first sight of Aragorn, no need for Arwen... if you're asking me). ;)

And if female audience wasn't satisfied with Aragorn, there was always Legolas to look at... ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Collaroy on September 23, 2007, 11:43:48 am
...aaaand let's not forget Boromir. It's the ring's fault! ;D (...though Sean Bean looks much nicer sans the greasy long hair.)

My favourite LOTR movie character was Eomer, though. Now THAT was my eye candy for TTT and ROTK. ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jackie on September 23, 2007, 12:14:08 pm
I'm not much for following every word an actor says or hearing every last word about the making of a movie,  but somewhere I managed to here about some running ribbing between Viggo and Orlando about the fact that Viggo was constantly dirty, battered or wet through almost all three movies while Orlando rarely had a hair out of place. ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on September 23, 2007, 01:19:09 pm
Eheheh, I can understand that, and Viggo certainly has a point!! :D
But Legolas fought with a bow and arrows, so he could hardly get dirty in battle...come to think of it, though, I would have strangled myself trying to kill some ogres with my hair loose like that... O_o
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 23, 2007, 06:29:37 pm
I've never understood how anyone can do much of anything in a wind with loose hair.
But how about the small screen to large adaptations, too?
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Elle on September 23, 2007, 07:16:38 pm
Faramir. That is all. ;)

Hmmm...small screen to large screen adaptations. Most are escaping me right now except

Firefly - Serenity

The ones I'm looking forward to in the upcoming movie season. Sex and the City and Get Smart. I've seen pictures of S&theC and the trailer for GS and both look good. :)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on September 23, 2007, 07:24:26 pm
Beverly Hillbillies
Charlie's Angels
Mission Impossible
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Post by: Collaroy on September 23, 2007, 09:21:13 pm
I'm not much for following every word an actor says or hearing every last word about the making of a movie,  but somewhere I managed to here about some running ribbing between Viggo and Orlando about the fact that Viggo was constantly dirty, battered or wet through almost all three movies while Orlando rarely had a hair out of place. ;D
LOL! But... a dirty elf? Inconceivable! (though Haldir got himself a little smudge here and there, didn't he? But of course, he died, so...) Come to think of it, it must have been quite a challenge (aka 'pain in the you-know-where') for the whole team to keep Orlando this clean in those battle.

Faramir. That is all. ;)
Book-Faramir is my hero, movie-Faramir... not so much. :-\

Firefly - Serenity is a good example. Not so sure I'm looking forward to SATC on the big screen. I loved SATC back then, but it was one of the few shows that got a decent finale and went out on a high... I hope they won't ruin that. So far I've only seen a few pics of Carrie and Big, that's not enough to pass judgement yet. I just think that it all has that 'We've all run out of money, let's milk the cow some more' feel about it.

Small screen-big screen: Star Trek. Though I've never really watched it on TV and I haven't seen any of the movies. But I hear something about the uneven movie numbers being good and the even numbers being bad (or vice versa).
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Post by: Collaroy on September 23, 2007, 09:23:27 pm
Beverly Hillbillies
Charlie's Angels
Mission Impossible
The Avengers (horrible movie!!!). ... The Addams Family. That's all I can think of right now.
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Post by: Patti L. on September 23, 2007, 09:45:44 pm

LOL! But... a dirty elf? Inconceivable! (though Haldir got himself a little smudge here and there, didn't he? But of course, he died, so...) Come to think of it, it must have been quite a challenge (aka 'pain in the you-know-where') for the whole team to keep Orlando this clean in those battle.
You've obviously never read Lords and Ladies in the Diskworld series.  There's some dirty elves for you!  Whoo! :-)
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Post by: Collaroy on September 24, 2007, 03:05:53 am
Nah, Lords and Ladies is still on my list. But Pratchett isn't exactly Tolkien, I'm not the least bit surprised that he has dirty elves. I'd actually be disappointed if he hadn't!
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Post by: Patti L. on September 24, 2007, 06:14:52 am
Ah, well that's all right, then ;-)
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Post by: Taranis on September 25, 2007, 05:36:28 pm
My favourite LOTR movie character was Eomer, though. Now THAT was my eye candy for TTT and ROTK. ;D

If you like Eomer check him out in Bourne Supremacy.  He's much better as a brunette!  One of my favorites! ;) :D
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Post by: Collaroy on September 26, 2007, 02:41:41 am
Gosh, I never noticed him in it! But I found a screenshot (http://us.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0372183/5593_D017_00053_rgb.jpg.html?path=pgallery&path_key=Urban%2C%20Karl&seq=38) of it and he looks great. He looked horrible in Riddick Chronicles (http://us.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0296572/2301_D074_00093R.jpg.asset_rgb.jpg.html?path=pgallery&path_key=Urban%2C%20Karl&seq=39), though. But then, who didn't?
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Post by: Elle on September 26, 2007, 08:15:42 pm
My love of Karl Urban is so great that I actually went and saw Pathfinder on it's opening night. Please...try to contain your laughter at my expense.  :P

Speaking of books to movies...how about comic books to movies.

There's the upcoming '30 Days of Night'

Aeon Flux
Superman
Batman
X-men

Oh so many. Any particular favorites?
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Post by: Taranis on September 26, 2007, 09:44:40 pm
I love X-Men but thought that the score could have been better (excepting the "Rogan" song, of course! ;))  I liked Ghost Rider (call me weird... but I loved the flames and motorcycles) and Daredevil...mostly because Bullseye was so funny to watch!  :D
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Post by: Collaroy on September 26, 2007, 10:41:28 pm
My love of Karl Urban is so great that I actually went and saw Pathfinder on it's opening night. Please...try to contain your laughter at my expense.  :P
No laughter here. I never heard of Pathfinder before checking out Karl's IMDb page, but I'd have watched it. At least the studio stills on IMDb look good (especially this one (http://www.imdb.com/gallery/ss/0446013/029.jpg.html?path=gallery&path_key=0446013&seq=12) ;)). Glad to see he's getting his own movies! Will have to watch Bourne Supremacy again. ;D

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Speaking of books to movies...how about comic books to movies.

There's the upcoming '30 Days of Night'

Aeon Flux
Superman
Batman
X-men

Oh so many. Any particular favorites?

X2 and Spiderman 1 for me. X2 is one of my all-time favourites (Logan! Jean! Scott! Nightcrawler! Storm! Bobby! Rogue! Pyro! Mystique! Everyone!), and I'm probably the only person alive to think that Spidey 1 was better than Spidey 2 (which IMO was horrible) and Spidey 3 (which was... okay. Sorta.) Batman Returns was great IMO.

Daredevil- I was disappointed. I thought it had potential to be great but... yeah, that was about it (IMO). I never cared much for Superman books, and I didn't care for the movies (and TV shows) either.
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Post by: jenglows on September 28, 2007, 12:50:46 pm
Aeon Flux is one of the few comic(well sort of) to movies i had a really vested interest in.  I don't read comic now and didn't very much in my youth either apart from an occasional X-men here and there.  But i was addicted to Aeon Flux on liquid TV back in my days of actually watching MTV - is there still an MTV?  I had mixed feelings on it.  I unfortunatly didn't get to see it in the theater, so that was a huge dissappointment.  I really like Charlene Theron ( sp?) 's visual portrayal but the rest of it just wasn't as dark or edgy as I hoped. It wasn't bad, just not what I wanted, I guess. Atleast it had a semi-decent story line and was watchable, unlike Tank Girl!
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Post by: Collaroy on September 28, 2007, 01:02:46 pm
Hehehe... Tank Girl! ... Sorry, I just have to laugh every time someone mentions that movie. When somebody made me sit down and watch that movie I had never heard of the comic book, and I thought it was the craziest movie somebody could ever come up with ( I have to admit I wasn't entirely sober at the time, though). But, ever since 'Point Break' I have that soft spot for Lori Petty (which I really can't explain)... so anyway.
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Post by: Grey Drakkon on September 28, 2007, 05:10:37 pm
Aeon Flux is one of the few comic(well sort of) to movies i had a really vested interest in.  I don't read comic now and didn't very much in my youth either apart from an occasional X-men here and there.  But i was addicted to Aeon Flux on liquid TV back in my days of actually watching MTV - is there still an MTV?  I had mixed feelings on it.  I unfortunatly didn't get to see it in the theater, so that was a huge dissappointment.  I really like Charlene Theron ( sp?) 's visual portrayal but the rest of it just wasn't as dark or edgy as I hoped. It wasn't bad, just not what I wanted, I guess. Atleast it had a semi-decent story line and was watchable, unlike Tank Girl!

   Ohhhh you were a Liquid Television addict too?!  I was glued to the t.v. when it was on. :) I agree though, the movie wasn't bad (which I was actually expecting) but it didn't exactly push things either.  And I hated Tank Girl too, what a stinkin' load that movie was. 

   I liked the original Batman, but each successive one got a little worse and worse, and when they got rid of Tim Burton as director and had Clooney as Batman, I think something died inside. :P  I very much approve of the "ok all that other stuff didn't happen" Batman that came out not too long ago.  They kinda left out his aspect as a detective, but that didn't bug me so much.  I was disappointed that Scarecrow got about 5 seconds of airtime in his "scary" aspect, and got taken out by the stupid love interest.  That brings me to the one thing I didn't like about it, the stupid judgmental chick who of COURSE finds out who Batman really is.  I didn't like the character, and I find myself not liking that actress's acting either.

   Superman, well, I have to admit that hearing the music while the movie started up was awesome.  But hey, that same stupid woman from Batman was in there ruining this movie too. >;P  The movie wound up being ok, but not as good as I hoped.

   
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Post by: Elle on September 28, 2007, 09:31:59 pm
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Logan! Jean! Scott! Nightcrawler! Storm! Bobby! Rogue! Pyro! Mystique! Everyone!

 :D

I'm all old school X-Men even though I loved the movies I've never been a movie!Rogue fan. To me she's just a Kitty Pryde redux. Go ShadowCat! I love Rogue in the comics...which is why her movie character bugged so much. Ah well...can't have it all. Nightcrawler was all kinds of awesomeness though.

Spidey 1 was my favorite of the trilogy...we won't speak of Spidey 3.

Oh...and the upcoming Batman looks fantastic. :)

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Post by: Patti L. on September 29, 2007, 02:36:22 am
Upcoming Batman?  I didn't know there was another in the works.  Hope it's related to Batman Begins.  In some ways that was the least like the 60s tv show.
I'm going to be watching for 'Jumper', based on the book of the same title & its sequel, by Stephen Gould.  I saw the 3rd book in hardcover at a bookstore the other day, & he wrote it to fit it to the way the movie changed his world!
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Post by: Collaroy on September 29, 2007, 05:18:29 am
That brings me to the one thing I didn't like about it, the stupid judgmental chick who of COURSE finds out who Batman really is.  I didn't like the character, and I find myself not liking that actress's acting either.
That's probably because she can't act. Before she became famous for marrying Crazy Tom she's got known for the Joey Potter Grin, and she just doesn't have anything else in her acting repertoire. Even when she was supposedly angry at Wayne she couldn't shake that grin somehow. Thank god she won't be in the next movie (one thing Tom Cruise did we have to be thankful for). I don't mind a love interest in a superhero movie, but Katie Holmes was a baaad choice.

:D

I'm all old school X-Men even though I loved the movies I've never been a movie!Rogue fan. To me she's just a Kitty Pryde redux. Go ShadowCat! I love Rogue in the comics...which is why her movie character bugged so much. Ah well...can't have it all. Nightcrawler was all kinds of awesomeness though.
I know, Kitty Pryde is just awesome in the comics, probably my favourite character. Even her Blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene in X2 was great somehow, and I thought it was great she got a little more to do in X-Men 3. Nighcrawler and his opening scene alone would have sold the movie to me- and then the rest was just as good. Too bad he wasn't in X-Men 3. As for movie-Rogue- I thought she was kind of funny: in X-Men 1 she couldn't get out of the seatbelt (Logan's car), in X2 she couldn't get into the seatbelt (the jet). But I liked the Bobby/Rogue kiss in X2 ("Cool!"). And I liked that she made the decision to go for the cure in X-Men 3- I'd have done it as well if I had been her (movie-Rogue's powers are a curse to her and not even really useful).

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Spidey 1 was my favorite of the trilogy...we won't speak of Spidey 3.
Really? A kindred spirit!! But I liked the third one better than the second. The second was just blah blah blah... even the villain Doc Oc gets talked into giving up. Boooring! But No. 1 rocked.

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Oh...and the upcoming Batman looks fantastic. :)
Yup, looking forward to it as well. Promising cast!


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Post by: jackie on September 29, 2007, 08:47:59 am
Upcoming Batman?  I didn't know there was another in the works.  Hope it's related to Batman Begins.  In some ways that was the least like the 60s tv show.

I assume that's what it is, because they were filming here in downtown chicago for a couple of weeks and "batman" was posted all over the move equipment.
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Post by: Elle on September 29, 2007, 08:49:54 pm
Yes, a definite new Batman movie that was shot primarily in Chicago. Lucky you, jackie!

It's called The Dark Knight. Christian Bale reprises his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Heath Ledger is the Joker.

It's coming out July 18, 2008. I've put the teaser trailer over in the trailer thread. :D
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Post by: Cerulean on October 06, 2007, 10:47:11 am
The NY Times had a fairly scathing review of The Dark is Rising: The Seeker. Part of it wasn't too justified b/c they said the story line was too similar to Harry Potter - but the books were written decades before HP was. But then they said that the author, Susan Cooper, made a point to say that they are significantly different from the books. I had planned on seeing this eventually, but you know when an author disses her own book-to-movie transition that it can't be good.
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Post by: Collaroy on October 08, 2007, 05:58:49 am
Did it really sound like she dissed the movie or did she just want to make clear that it wasn't a word-by-word adaptation? I don't think it doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad movie just because it's different from the book, as long as it's still been done with care. I'm not a die-hard fan of the book (it wasn't bad, far from that, but it didn't grip me as I thought it would), so I guess I'll go see the movie and judge for myself. I'll probably don't care if it deviates from the story as long as it is entertaining (yeah, go on, call me philistine. ;)). I've loved a lot of movies that got really bad reviews, so...
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Post by: Patti L. on October 08, 2007, 07:43:35 am
I'm in the position of generally telling people that it's often better to see the movie first, then read the book.  My take is that it opens the story for you that way, you might think, 'oh, -that- is why thus and so happened, or so and so couldn't/wouldn't do that!' and the world in question expands in your imagination.  Where, if you've read - and especially if you loved the book(s) and then go see the movie, 19 times out of 20, you're disappointed.  Even a loving adaptation can be that way.  I enjoyed the movie of 'The Princess Bride', but it HAD to be changed for the screen.  Not just because there are hilarious but unfilmable bits about arguments with the publishers regarding the origins of 'glamour', but because it would break up the flow of the main story too much to go back to the child arguing with the adult about various things, and because in the original, the child was suffering a long term illness and it took weeks for the story to be read to him by his father. (I'd better stop on this, sorry, I'm a bit fascinated by this movie/book combo.) The point is that if he could get the funding (and maybe he will?) Carl Reiner would probably re-make Princess Bride because the CGI would give him much better effects, especially with the ROUS.  But he did what he could with what he had at the time.
My sister is suggesting we go see 'Seeker', & she's not even sure of the title.  When I told her about Cerulean's warning, she wasn't impressed, she said something about maybe she's one of the authors who doesn't understand that her offspring can't go off & play with others without being changed.  So I'm planning to see it with her, (remembering with difficulty to NOT talk during the film) and then maybe try reading it again.
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Post by: Cerulean on October 08, 2007, 10:00:05 am
It may be that Cooper wasn't totally dissing the movie ... that could be my interpretation. I remembered Ursula LeGuin saying something similar, but stronger, and indicating she was really unhappy with the tv movie made about her books. So maybe it's that and not Cooper.

Other book-to-movie news, though - here's an announcement from scifi.com:

Twilight Being Adapted To Film

Summit Entertainment has set Catherine Hardwicke to direct Twilight, an adaptation of the fantasy novel that hatched Stephenie Meyer's best-selling young-adult series, Variety reported.

Melissa Rosenberg (Step Up) will write the script. Maverick Films' Mark Morgan will produce with Greg Mooradian.

Twilight tells the story of 17-year-old Bella, who moves to a small town to live with her father and is drawn to a pale, mysterious classmate who comes from a family of vampires.

Meyer has published two more installments of the series, New Moon and Eclipse, with two more titles in the offing. It is the first potential franchise to be set up since Summit was reconstituted under Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger last spring.
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Post by: Grey Drakkon on October 08, 2007, 11:08:11 am
A friend of mine saw Seeker last night, and said the movie was ok but was NOT really based on the books beyond using the names and a rough rough template of the storyline. 
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Post by: Collaroy on October 10, 2007, 05:42:32 am
she said something about maybe she's one of the authors who doesn't understand that her offspring can't go off & play with others without being changed.  So I'm planning to see it with her, (remembering with difficulty to NOT talk during the film) and then maybe try reading it again.
Exactly! I think that every writer has a *very* good idea about what they want their book to look like; and it's hard for a director to bring exactly that to the screen. And if a writer doesn't understand that... friction. I totally understand writers who are like that, because it's their creation, their baby, but it does not necessarily mean that the movie is bad. However, if you were a die-hard fan of the books you're probably more likely to hate a movie if the author wasn't happy with it either.

Twilight, eh? It's on my to-read list. Interesting choice for an urban fantasy adaptation, I didn't have the impression the books were that popular (reviews are very good, hence the promotion to to-read-material, but I haven't heard of Meyer that often- but maybe that's just because her books haven't been released in Germany yet?). I always figured the first of those adaptations to come out would be Sookie Stackhouse- which I didn't like, but that's just me, most people seem to love it. Anyway, it's good news, looking forward to that movie.
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Post by: Cerulean on October 11, 2007, 11:55:33 am
Twilight, eh? It's on my to-read list. Interesting choice for an urban fantasy adaptation, I didn't have the impression the books were that popular (reviews are very good, hence the promotion to to-read-material, but I haven't heard of Meyer that often- but maybe that's just because her books haven't been released in Germany yet?). I always figured the first of those adaptations to come out would be Sookie Stackhouse- which I didn't like, but that's just me, most people seem to love it. Anyway, it's good news, looking forward to that movie.

Oh, Meyer is hugely popular in the US! The books are marketed as YA, but they're definitely good for older folks, too. I'm in my 30s and love them. I think it probably will be a difficult adaptation, but it has the promise of being very good. A movie could end at the first book or it could continue through the series. I guess that would depends on sales.

Ah, I found it - here's an interview and a Q&A with Meyer and some fans arranged by Borders. It might have some spoilers, but not too much that you couldn't figure out for yourself.

http://www.bordersmedia.com/shows/bookclub/meyer.asp
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on October 16, 2007, 01:06:41 pm
harry potter has to be said along with lord of the rings as some big book-into-movie movies
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Post by: Mominator on October 16, 2007, 08:59:59 pm
For those who spoke of Karl Urban (Eomer) earlier, I just got off the phone with my brother, and he saw on aint it cool news that Karl Urban has been cast in the new Star Trek movie as...

Young Doctor McCoy.

HUH?!?!?!
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Post by: Grey Drakkon on October 17, 2007, 05:14:32 am
And the guy from Shawn of the Dead is Scotty!  ;)
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on October 17, 2007, 02:16:22 pm
lol shawn of the dead was sooo funny and so was hott fuzz with the same people from shawn of the dead in it
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Post by: Elle on October 17, 2007, 04:20:47 pm
You know that with Karl Urban as McCoy, I don't really care who's playing Kirk. Eric Bana is the villian? Again...Kirk who? ;)
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Post by: Patti L. on October 17, 2007, 08:59:35 pm
Okay, as an old time Trekkie, this is where I DO want all those links to pictures of the actors in question.  Who de which?
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on October 18, 2007, 12:54:45 pm
im not a huge trekkie but my step dad is  :D
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Post by: Patti L. on October 18, 2007, 10:37:54 pm
Hmm.  Books to movies & Trek.   Q-in-law.  I could practically see & hear it just on the printed page!
Or better yet (if not with original cast, alas) "Ishmael" by Barbara Hambly.  Anyone else read it?  8)
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on October 19, 2007, 01:02:40 pm
no i haven't yet
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Post by: Patti L. on October 23, 2007, 05:10:30 pm
It was written before Paramount laid down a formula, and is more inventive than many of the later ones.  The author makes mention of several other tv shows of the era & shortly after, & at least one written only SF series.
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Post by: Collaroy on October 23, 2007, 09:55:48 pm
For those who spoke of Karl Urban (Eomer) earlier, I just got off the phone with my brother, and he saw on aint it cool news that Karl Urban has been cast in the new Star Trek movie as...

Young Doctor McCoy.

Oh my. This looks like I'll have to watch a Trekkie movie after all- Karl Urban and Sylar in one movie, how could I miss that?
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on October 25, 2007, 12:40:51 pm
cool ill have to check it out
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Post by: tmpinsnty on November 05, 2007, 07:40:34 pm
one of my favorite movies is adapted from a book, and i actually like the movie better than the book... Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman (Alice Hoffman)
They did a better job adapting Hotel New Hampshire and Garp to the big screen than Owen Meany (John Irving), I thought Simon Birch was disappointing...
I love the Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea novels and books...
Fight Club was awesome...i lost count of how many times i have watched it
Trainspotting was good too...made me never want to try heroin...
what about Romeo and Juliet with Leo and Claire Danes?  That was a great adaption

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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 05, 2007, 08:52:26 pm
yeah the romeo and juliets haven't been too shabby, ive never seen fight club or the others you mentioned
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Post by: tmpinsnty on November 06, 2007, 05:41:17 am
another good adaption Fried Green Tomatoes...

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Post by: Collaroy on November 06, 2007, 07:57:06 am
I agree--- except that I actually liked the movie better than the book. I liked that the movie was just about friendship and not a love story (gay, straight, or otherwise), because there are plenty of relationship movies out there but only so many movies about true friendship.
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Post by: Cerulean on November 06, 2007, 08:40:48 am
See I was slightly disappointed in the movie (Fried Green Tomatoes) because they tiptoed around the relationship. I still think the movie is a classic, but it's sad they couldn't keep the heart of the relationship between Idgie and Ruth. I can see why they did it, but I think it's sad that they had to. They did leave a hint there, though. Still a great movie.
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 06, 2007, 09:24:24 am
i haven't seen that one either but at least ive heard of it
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Post by: Elle on November 13, 2007, 09:04:34 pm
Speaking of 'Trainspotting', has anyone read the sequel 'Porno'?

I know that Ewan is reluctant to reprise his role as Renton and has actually said he won't do the sequel. I'm a bit leary of it as well. Trainspotting was a fantastic movie, it was interesting to read where the characters went after that...but TS was sooo good, I'm kind of glad to not see 'Porno' made into a flick.
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Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 15, 2007, 02:22:08 pm
the name sounds like it shouldn't really be made into a movie
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Post by: Patti L. on November 15, 2007, 02:29:52 pm
The book I always wanted to see made into a movie is "And, to my Nephew Albert, I leave the Island what I won off Fatty Hagen in a Poker Game. . . ."   It's a little late now, since it was a cold war comedy, but I always wanted to see if people would crawl under the extended marquee to see it.
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Post by: jackie on November 15, 2007, 06:38:48 pm
Only after a structural engineer checked it out!
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Post by: Staplegun on November 17, 2007, 10:54:37 am
A couple movies are coming out soon that are based on books.

The Golden Compass
Originally written by Philip Pullman
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Compass-Deluxe-Anniversary-Materials/dp/0375838309/
IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385752/
Apparently it is controversial. I'm not going to comment on that. (I've only read about half of the first book so, I can't really say anything.) MTV has an article on it at http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1573421/20071102/story.jhtml if you want to read it :P

I am Legend
Originally written by Richard Matheson
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/I-Am-Legend-Richard-Matheson/dp/0765357151/
IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480249/
I believe this is coming out on Christmas. I think it looks pretty cool. I believe it is about the last man on earth not infected with a mysterious virus that gives vampire-like symptoms. (I haven't read this on either yet, but I want to.)

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
I don't think that this is based on a book, but it looked fantasy, so I figured I'd include it in here.
Actually I am wrong. I just looked it up and apparently it is an adaptation of a children's book of the same name.
Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Horse-Dick-King-Smith/dp/0375842314/
IMDB page: http://imdb.com/title/tt0760329/
I think this one comes out on Christmas too. I'm not sure on either of these dates, but I think that's what I saw as I was walking the movie theater halls today. This is a children's movie, rated PG, so it might be a fun movie for the family to watch.

Beowulf
Originally by ???
One Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Beowulf-New-Verse-Translation-Bilingual/dp/0393320979/
IMDB page: http://imdb.com/title/tt0442933/
This movie is already out. I haven't seen it yet, but I will be reading the book next semester. My advice, if you have an imax theater or 3d showing at your theater, watch it. I haven't yet heard any negative responses to this movie, and nearly all of my friends have already seen it.

Some harder to find new(-ish) movies based on books would be
Love in the Time of Cholera
Into the Wild
Those would be either out of the normal theaters or released on a limited basis to the "arts" theaters.
(Local arts and entertainment weekly magazines/newspapers often have reviews and schedules of limited release videos if you are looking for them)

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Post by: Taranis on November 17, 2007, 11:10:18 am
The Golden Compass
Bk 1: His Dark Materials, by Philip Pullman

I read this one and the second in the series (Subtle Knife), plus part of the third (Amber Spyglass).  Didn't really care for 2 and 3.  The first one was interesting but in general I think these books are a bit too dark to be considered kids books.  Especially as the trilogy continues.  But I also think that the Harry Potter books should be read by older kids than some that are reading them now, so... ::)
I'm not sure what people are getting controversial about, because The Golden Compass is basically just an interesting story, abeit a serious one.  But something's definitely got the masses stirred up...

Anyway, I'm still interested in seeing the movie.  It looks like they got some pretty good characters to play the right roles.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on November 17, 2007, 05:28:17 pm
I seem to recall that Love in the time of cholera features Giovanna Mezzogiorno: she's one of our best actresses, and she usually acts in interesting movies, so this one should be good. ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on November 18, 2007, 10:24:44 pm
Thanks for the information, Mazoku!  sounds interesting...

By the way, Terry Pratchett fans!  Hogfather is coming to a tv set near you!  ;D  Courtesy of our local duchess, the film will be playing Sunday, November 25th on the ION channel7pm central time.  Good luck to all those who hope to catch it!
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Cerulean on November 19, 2007, 10:56:50 am
I just finished the book The Golden Compass and didn't care for it very much. The previews for the movie, on the other hand, look nice. I'm hoping that this will be one of those rare cases where the movie is better than the book. Since the lengthy and overly-descriptive dialogue was one of the things I didn't care for in the book, I have hopes it'll be corrected (and shortened) in the movie.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 25, 2007, 05:33:26 pm
yeah i saw those previews and they look good, my aunt and uncle said they enjoyed the book - on your description i doubt i would read it, i'm not a fan of really lengthy dialogs either
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Cerulean on November 26, 2007, 12:18:46 pm
the story itself is good; it's just some of the execution of it failed for me. But I'll definitely watch the movie
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 30, 2007, 04:38:56 pm
my friend in my physics class has the second book of that trilogy and he likes it too

by the way: is the movie of all 3 books or just the first?
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Taranis on November 30, 2007, 06:10:12 pm
Just the first, as far as I know
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on November 30, 2007, 06:18:22 pm
thats what i thought but my friend who is reading the second one at the moment thinks that its all of them because of some scene in the previews
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Cerulean on December 01, 2007, 10:08:37 pm
It's just the first book for now. I was thinking they'll probably wait to see what the $ take is before they think about making the second movie .... but having read the first book, I can't imagine they could really just leave the story like that. I did see on scifi.com that they've changed the ending somewhat. My interpretation is that they just ended the story at a different spot than in the books, kinda like LOTR: The Two Towers ending. Here's the story:

Weitz Explains Compass Changes
Chris Weitz, writer-director of the upcoming fantasy film The Golden Compass, explained that he changed the ending of the movie to avoid confusion among viewers not familiar with the Philip Pullman books on which the movie is based.

Weitz at first shot an ending that matched that of the Pullman book Northern Lights, but later dropped it in favor of a cliffhanger and will save the footage he shot for the opening scenes of a possible sequel.

"We shot the last three chapters of the book, which are really quite ambiguous in the ending and quite harsh and dark," Weitz said in an interview in London this week. "It became clear that audiences who were not familiar with the books were confused and appalled by the end of the movie, and in order to protect the character of these last few chapters, I thought, 'Well, it can work at the beginning of a second movie.'"

The Golden Compass, based on the first book of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, unfolds in a universe where humans are accompanied by loyal animal companions called daemons, polar bears are great warriors, and the powerful Magisterium rules the world.

That world is about to change forever, in large part because a 12-year-old girl named Lyra (Dakota Blue Richards) has come into possession of the last remaining Golden Compass, or alethiometer, which allows her to see the truth in any situation.

Pullman's book ends on a decisive note that sets the stage for the next adventure, The Subtle Knife. Weitz ultimately chose to end The Golden Compass with a cliffhanger as "a way of protecting the spirit of the end of the book," he said. "And anyway, to me, and I think Pullman would say, he's telling one story, Lyra's story, throughout the whole thing, and it didn't particularly matter where one movie ended or where the other one goes. It's disappointing the fans, because they want to see as much as possible. They think of it in terms of one movie per book, but having spoken to Philip about it, I don't think he's terribly concerned." The Golden Compass opens Dec. 7.
 
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on December 01, 2007, 10:23:53 pm
Going back a bit, the "Water Horse" is based on a book by Dick King-Smith, as Staplegun said.  What you may not have realized is that this is the same person who wrote "Babe"
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Spryte on December 31, 2007, 08:16:05 am
Both the Golden Compass and the Water Horse are good movies.

They did an especially good job on the Golden Compass... it had a lot of potential to turn out like Eragon did, but it was really really good.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on January 02, 2008, 02:55:19 pm
i really liked it and i went with friends who read the book and they said that they did a really good job matching but they changed the end
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Cerulean on January 03, 2008, 06:06:43 pm
i really liked it and i went with friends who read the book and they said that they did a really good job matching but they changed the end

I read something on scifi.com that said they just "moved back" the ending. The same information will appear at the beginning of the second movie, if it gets made. They wanted to end the first movie on a different note than in the books.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Kiersten Walks Funny on January 04, 2008, 08:58:16 am
exactly, they cut it of early is what they said, they left a big deal to the second movie instead
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on January 04, 2008, 03:35:24 pm
A friend of mine that came to watch the movie with me told me exactly the same thing :D Probably they tried to differentiate the movie a little or maybe it was the most convenient point for them to end the movie giving it some sort of closure while still letting you hang. Hmmm, such a convolute sentence I made... :P
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Cerulean on January 04, 2008, 04:48:21 pm
A friend of mine that came to watch the movie with me told me exactly the same thing :D Probably they tried to differentiate the movie a little or maybe it was the most convenient point for them to end the movie giving it some sort of closure while still letting you hang. Hmmm, such a convolute sentence I made... :P

The book ends on a sad note, but they wanted the movie to end on a better one. I agree, actually. I think it would be much harder to sell the movie (get audiences to come and like it) if the ending is sad, especially around Christmastime. And also especially since the 2nd movie (if it even happens) would be a long time in coming. That's just too long to wait to see what happens next :) They basically did the same thing with the movies of The Two Towers and Return of the King. The beginning of RotK was supposed to be at the end of TTT.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Moony on January 08, 2008, 09:02:18 am
Movies that I like better than the books encompasses The Princess Bride, Breakfast On Pluto, The General's Daughter. Just to name a few. In Princess Bride I got so annoyed at the italicized passages interrupting the flow of the story that I started skipping them altogether.

When it comes to Eragon I seen the movie first and was rather curious to read the book for the changes. After having read the book, perhaps I'm an oddball but I still like the movie but I'll not say that it is ever better than the novel. Most things I like better in the book, but one thing I prefer in the movie is Brom. But I might be a teensy bit biased since I like Jeremy Irons.  :D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on January 08, 2008, 09:26:07 am
Hello again, Moony.  That's interesting insight you've got there.  I often tell people that if they get the chance they should see movies first, then read the books they're based on afterward.  The fact that you prefer the movies is still surprising to me.  But I haven't seen Eragon, didn't even finish the book.  Never either read or saw 'the General's Daughter', although I understand they filmed at least 2 endings for it & released the one the director was happiest with, although it seriously didn't agree with the intent of the author.  Hadn't even heard of "Breakfast On Pluto". 
Princess Bride, well.  I read the book some time before the movie came out, and really enjoy the framing stuff, personally.  But a lot of it is just unfilmable, unfortunately.  And if you're reading it strictly for the title story, yes, the framing stuff about it being read to the kid in the bed, and how the grown up child, Goldman, came to produce the 'edited' version breaks up the flow of the 'original' story horribly.  If a person isn't prepared for it, it bombs out, at least as an initial read.  May I suggest reading the framing stuff seperately, as though it is (which to some extent is the case) a blog by a father about bringing a beloved childhood story to his son, with unexpected an amusing difficulties, and with explanations of how he found it as a child and didn't know that it needed to be edited.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on January 08, 2008, 12:02:28 pm
I both read and saw "The General's daughter" and liked them both. :) James Cromwell was perfect as General Campbell, and I adored Madeleine Stowe 8) The only 2 critics I have for the movie are:
1) if the female protagonist was named Cynthia Sunhill in the novel, why did they have to change it to Sarah Sunhill in the movie? I liked Cynthia better. :-\ But then, it's nothing vital... :P
2) they should have made some flashbacks to explain Cynthia's attitude toward John Travolta's character (whose name I can't honestly recall), which is otherwise odd. They make a reference to Bruxelles (and in the book they say what happened there), but it gets lost if you don't know what they're actually talking about.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Sylvia_Hui on January 09, 2008, 02:41:25 pm
Some Books to Movies I liked:

LOTR: think it helped that they filmed them all at once so they maintained a flowing feel to the story.

10 Things i hate about you: Was filmed at my High School during the summer of my freshman year and the student body got to be the extras...yes I'm bias.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman: the tone of the movie is way different from the book, the story was originally darker then the movie but i love the whimsy feel that i got while i was watching the movie even tho a lot of plot points where changed.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:...maybe its just because i love JD..... ;)

Harry Potter movies: i like them all, i watch them with my son :D

Books to Movies i have hated/Disliked:

Blood and Chocolate: Ya ya the book sent out a negative message, but it was a realistic one even it it did involve werewolves....and i really hate how they restructured the entire story...loved the book, hated the movie....

James and the Giant Peach: the Real Life to animation thing threw me off and i didn't like the kid they picked to play James...he just annoyed me....But the book to movie adaptation wasn't horrible.

Great Expectations (Ethan Hawke / Gwen Paltro): I didn't like how they adapted it.

Sahara: poor Clive.

The Dark is Rising: Exploding trees? wth.

Upcoming Books to movie I'm nervous about watching:

The Lovely Bones: Depends on the cast, wondering how the narrator from heaven translated.


Books i hope never to see made into movies:

Black Jewel Trilogy: I don't think that they could adapt the dark side of the book series without it totally overshadowing the loving nature of the main characters in a Live action forum. They would cut out to many of the important events to shorten it and i don't think that they would execute what happened to Jeanelle in the Daughter of the Blood in a way that it wouldn't deeply disturb a large portion of the theater going audience. And i don't think they could find anyone Hot/Talented enough to pull off Daemon.....I do believe they could adapt it into an Anime movie trilogy tho.



 



 
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on January 09, 2008, 03:30:52 pm
I agree with you on the Black Jewels trilogy and for the same reasons, but not too much time ago I read somewhere that Anne Bishop had said that she has no intention to sell the rights of the Trilogy for the time being.  :) So, for now, we're safe.  ;) I'd hate it if they ended up making a bad movie out of a wonderful story like that: then I'd have to fly to the US of A, find the people responsible and kill them all.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Has on January 09, 2008, 03:49:01 pm
I totally agree with that sentiment- Although if it was done by people who know, love and UNDERSTAND the books and can relate that to the screen I would be really happy. But I dont think that is the case especially how Hollywood is constructed and with the dark aspect of the books and also worldbuilding that is going to be hard to translate.
I hated the movie version of Blood and Chocolate- the only similar things to the book was the names of the characters!!! What was the point of adapting the book if you are not going with the same storyline?

I think HBO is adapting George RR Martin series- and recently Anne McCaffery has announced that her Pern books are going to be made into a series as well by a Canadian company and shes really happy with the adaption after the fiasco of the previous attempt.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on January 09, 2008, 04:23:01 pm
and recently Anne McCaffery has announced that her Pern books are going to be made into a series as well by a Canadian company and shes really happy with the adaption after the fiasco of the previous attempt.
Again?  I'd heard it was in the works a few/several years ago, & she even got to sit in their mock-up dragon saddle, but I think $ fell through.  If they're on it again with some good actors & some respect for it among the writers/directors/producers, great!
But I'm not holding my breath.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Has on January 09, 2008, 04:30:58 pm
Patti I think it is going through - here is the press release

http://annemccaffrey.net/index.php?p=42

 I think the last fiasco was that everything was in preproduction and there were within days of shooting but the televisions company I forgot who wanted to sex it up. Anne who heard about this and I think with the support of the producer ( he works on Battlestar Galactica- Forgot his name arrrghhh) shut it all down.
I hope its good - she seems happy with it so far. I know Alan Ball who did six Feet Under is doing the Sookie Stackhouse series on HBO, and Charlaine Harris who has read the script is happy with it. It just depends on who adapts the book to screen.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Gerd D. on January 28, 2008, 08:12:48 am
The Horse Whisperer, though I did like the book (I read it afterward) I still prefer the movie. The end is handled way better, more realistic, than in the book.

P.S., I love you, I have yet to read the book but the movie works well as a movie made from that special type of womens literature.

I hear that Spector/Skipp's book Animals shall be made into a movie, never been much into that novel but that could turn out promising and it is time for a good werewolf movie, for a change.

Blood&Chocolate, well the movie is very mediocre. The book's first half is great and would have made a wonderful movie, the second half feels rushed and doesn't make too much sense actually.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: beverlyp on February 27, 2008, 06:04:05 am
 one of the best books to movie I saw was Stephen Kings the stand.
 one of the worst..queen of the damned.  I was so disappointed in that movie, I was almost sick. There was way to much information in that book to even consider condensing it so much. It could have been better it they have made a miniseries for TV out of it.  like they did with the mists of avalon.  which was actually a pretty good book to movie.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on February 27, 2008, 12:24:30 pm
Dang, I loved The stand as a novel, I didn't know they had made a movie out of it: maybe they didn't released it here in Italy *sigh* I'll go take a look around if I can find it ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Gerd D. on February 27, 2008, 02:01:08 pm
The Stand is a 6-Hour(?) TV-Special, much like Tommyknockers that came after and It which went before if I remember that correct.
I remember that I liked it, despite a few changes to the book.
It had Molly Ringwald singing Amazing Grace, right?

Speaking of King, has anbody seen The Mist?
My almost brother-in-law said it was great, but he didn't read the story far as I know.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: beverlyp on February 28, 2008, 09:01:42 am
I have heard that the movie is pretty good, but i stopped reading stephen king around Rose Madder, I think thats the last one i bought.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: beverlyp on February 28, 2008, 09:03:41 am
I have heard that the movie is pretty good, but i stopped reading stephen king around Rose Madder, I think thats the last one i bought.

and good mazoku i have the box set of the stand on VHS..if you were closer i would loan it to you.  I can probally get an xvid and ftp it to you or i can pm you to someplace that you can get it.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on February 28, 2008, 11:47:14 am
Thanks for the offer, but my dial-up connection would very likely die if I tried to download something that big :D I've looked around some and it seems that it wasn't released here in Italy (unlike It: I loved that one!!!), I'll try bribing a friend of mine with DSL... *mazoku whistling innocently* ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on February 28, 2008, 11:48:21 am
Talking about Stephen King just made me remember Dolores Claiborne: that was a good book and the movie was very well done too, IMO. But I have to say, I have a soft spot for Kathy Bates ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: beverlyp on February 28, 2008, 12:13:09 pm
christine is my favorite SK book and movie, although the movie does leave out some of the horror component the book had.  Cujo is a close second, but again in the movie just a rabid dog, and in the book, possessed creature seeking justice on the unfaithful.  Now Rose Red is a movie that scared the crap out of me, and i admit I havent read the book and don't want to but if its close to the movie its good.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: CheeseBK on February 28, 2008, 12:14:33 pm
I really liked Cujo (the book, never saw the movie) and Misery (never seen that movie either) and one of my favs: Needful things! thick book, but really good!
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: beverlyp on February 28, 2008, 12:20:12 pm
I never read needful things but i bet it was better than the movie..probally alot more insightful. 
one of his worst books to movies imo was salems lot..loved the book, not so much the movie.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: CheeseBK on February 28, 2008, 12:23:18 pm
the movie needful things was not bad...just.. rather rushed compared to the book. The book was great, showing how the shop owner really subtly used his power to get the people to do what he wanted them to do.....
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenglows on March 15, 2008, 03:18:47 pm
Just watched Into The Wild last night.  I haven't read the book and didn't realize he died in the end  :'(.  Is the book his actual journal or more in novel form?
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on March 15, 2008, 03:29:47 pm
Is that the man living in Alaska, who somehow filmed himself with a super 8?
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on March 15, 2008, 04:22:08 pm
I didn't read the book, nor I saw the movie, but I read an article about it and it said it's an actual journal. That guy gave all his money to Oxfam, if I recall right, and then started journeying all over the USA, a little into Mexico and then back in the USA, doing little jobs to pay his needs and nothing more. He died in a little abandoned bus: it's still there, the mayor of that little city was afraid lots of people would have started going there after the movie was released and wanted to take it away, but so far the bus is still there.  :)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on March 15, 2008, 04:26:09 pm
Oh, that one, bigraphy by John Krakour, the guy who wrote "Into Thin Air" about that disasterous Mt. Everest expidition.
I've met one of the men who was on that trip, in fact, & he's one of the 2 best looking men I've ever met.  I was seriously glad the frostbite didn't hurt his face!
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 15, 2008, 07:17:44 pm
The movie that really makes me cringe is the fourth Harry Potter. I can't watch it without some sort of cringing. Or twitching. They left so much out of the movie that I can't watch it.... >.<

I just recently watched Eragon, and it was okay-ish. Didn't really strike me as much as the book had. I think the book was funnier but Saphira was funnier in the movie.....okay maybe not. She was funny in both.  ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: jenglows on March 16, 2008, 06:18:08 pm
I didn't like the last HP film either. Waaaaayyy too much was dropped, I felt the same way about GOF also.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: CheeseBK on March 16, 2008, 11:56:27 pm
I totally agree with you... but I have to say that I understand that it's not easy to make a movie out of a book with so much going on....  the first two HP books were not that long, so it was easier for the movie-makers, I guess.

I think it is okay when they leave parts out, they have to or the movies would get too long, but what I hate is when they bring in something new!!!! like peter jackson did with lotr (the two towers for instance....) wth!!! I was tempted to leave the cinema when Aragorn suddenly got lost and Wargs appeared and all that crap...... never happened in the book *grumbles*
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 17, 2008, 05:54:15 pm
The thing about the Potter movies, or the fourth one, is that they left out some people..... kinda pissed me off. I was ranting about it for a couple of weeks after I saw the movie. The fifth one I liked, though the third is my abosulte favorite. Both the book and movie.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: mtomni on March 22, 2008, 08:54:20 am
The news is stating that the last book of HP is going to be divided into 2 movies to make sure nothing is left out.  Could be interesting.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 22, 2008, 11:13:51 am
That will be interesting.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: CheeseBK on March 23, 2008, 02:34:46 am
they can not leave "nothing out" .... they have to stick with the storyline of the previous movies... which altered some things and left out characters.... ;)  but I would not say no to two movies ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 23, 2008, 11:38:24 am
They said that they were going to make the fourth movie into two movies and that didn't happen. So I wonder if they're actually going to go through with it.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Gerd D. on March 24, 2008, 02:43:41 am
No.5 is the last of the HP books, right?

So it would make sense to split it in two, not only to be the most faithful to the book but also to best capitalize on it one last time (assuming they don't have any further rights/plans to the merchandise).
I think movies in recent years (since The Empire Strikes Back latest, but especially theRing trilogy) proved that the audience is able and willing to sit trough a cliffhanger.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Ellyll on March 24, 2008, 06:26:04 am
No, there are seven books.  One for each year he's in Hogwarts.  So they've still got two more movies at least, after that.  I don't know how long they can stretch it out, though.  Those kids are getting older every day.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Gerd D. on March 24, 2008, 08:27:51 am
No, there are seven books.  One for each year he's in Hogwarts.
Seven? Damn, must have got cought up in wishful thinking.   ::)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 24, 2008, 10:26:23 am
No, there are seven books.  One for each year he's in Hogwarts.
Seven? Damn, must have got cought up in wishful thinking.   ::)
They're a real easy read. Though, they are quite long. Depending on how fast you read, you can finish them in about a week....or two....  :)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Grey Drakkon on March 24, 2008, 10:45:21 am
...Or one night.  >_<
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 24, 2008, 10:49:35 am
...Or one night.  >_<
;D I've done that too. With HP7.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: CheeseBK on March 25, 2008, 12:06:20 am
me too.... the seventh book was done in one day.... which earned me the 'you're weird'-look of my bf .... repeatedly ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Woodstock Stir Crazy on March 25, 2008, 12:20:33 pm
me too.... the seventh book was done in one day.... which earned me the 'you're weird'-look of my bf .... repeatedly ;)
Same, only it was my brother.  ::) Took him two weeks to finish it.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: mtomni on March 29, 2008, 02:16:08 pm
Took me 6 months to get through Halfblood Prince.  For some reason, I just couldn't get into it at first.  Put it down for a few months, went back and had no problems.  Oh well...........
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: vkwebcommander on March 31, 2008, 04:46:54 pm
Almost every single Stephen King book was butchered as a movie. It has only been recently that they have been made or remade to reflect the extensive character development that he is so well known for.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Gerd D. on March 31, 2008, 11:49:50 pm
Took me 6 months to get through Halfblood Prince.  For some reason, I just couldn't get into it at first.  Put it down for a few months, went back and had no problems.  Oh well...........
I know that situation. Sometimes you just can't seem to connect with a story, and a few month's (in some cases years) later you pick it up again and wonder why you didn't get into it the first time.


Almost every single Stephen King book was butchered as a movie. It has only been recently that they have been made or remade to reflect the extensive character development that he is so well known for.
Dunno, I loved Christine although it's pretty far removed from the book. And both The Dead Zone and Pet Sematary managed to stay fairly close.
But, yeah, there was a time when there seemed to be some kind of race on who could put out the next Stephen King based movie fastest, with some horrible outcomes or simply wtf one's like Lawnmower Man (not that that story could be turned into movie that would make sense).
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Grey Drakkon on April 01, 2008, 05:35:47 am
Hey, "Needful Things" was a great movie, I thought.  Haven't read the book though so I can't say how it compares...And wasn't that movie about the chick who catches a writer and keeps him in her house a Steven King movie?  (can you tell I've lost my brain this morning?)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Cerulean on April 01, 2008, 10:57:14 am
Hey, "Needful Things" was a great movie, I thought.  Haven't read the book though so I can't say how it compares...And wasn't that movie about the chick who catches a writer and keeps him in her house a Steven King movie?  (can you tell I've lost my brain this morning?)

Misery, with James Caan and Kathy Bates. Didn't she win an award for that role? Or was at least nominated.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Grey Drakkon on April 01, 2008, 08:10:41 pm
That's the one!
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Good Mazoku on April 03, 2008, 08:41:33 am
Misery was well done, and Dolores Clayborne too, both starring Kathy Bates. I love that woman ;D
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: vkwebcommander on April 06, 2008, 09:33:54 am
Vampire$ was absolutely worthless as a movie, while quite interesting as a book.  To show you just how much they maimed the characters, in the book, Cat is a sexy charming laid back guy.  In the movie he was a beer-bellied whiney "I want to punch you in the face so you'll stop being around me" kind of guy.  :P

I think the guys who make these movies depend on people like me...the ones who haven't read the books. I was completely unbiased watching it and actually enjoyed it. There were a couple of lame parts, but I liked James Woods' character...and I guess that some of us are just so starved for any kind of vampire movie that we'll just watch anything to feed the need ;)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: vkwebcommander on April 06, 2008, 09:35:30 am
Hey, "Needful Things" was a great movie, I thought.  Haven't read the book though so I can't say how it compares...And wasn't that movie about the chick who catches a writer and keeps him in her house a Steven King movie?  (can you tell I've lost my brain this morning?)

OK...I'll give snaps to Needful Things. Of course, I never read that particular book, but I love Max Von Sydow and the premise behind the "needful things" was diabolically clever.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: vkwebcommander on April 06, 2008, 09:37:07 am
Misery was well done, and Dolores Clayborne too, both starring Kathy Bates. I love that woman ;D

I do too...she's "real," not typical Hollywood glamour.
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Post by: mtomni on April 07, 2008, 07:08:56 am
I don't know if we are only doing books that have been made into movies, but I would love to see Anne McCaffrey's Pern series done into a movie.  Especially now with all the graphics available.  Love dragons!
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Post by: Gerd D. on April 07, 2008, 07:24:09 am
I don't know if we are only doing books that have been made into movies, but I would love to see Anne McCaffrey's Pern series done into a movie.  Especially now with all the graphics available.  Love dragons!
Pern, that's the Dragonriders, right?

According to some article I've read awhile ago they are thinking about adapting it for TV I think, like they did with Zimmer Bradley's Avalon books.
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Post by: Patti L. on April 07, 2008, 12:55:02 pm
Check the Anne McCaffrey thread in other authors for more on this.
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Post by: Talyn on February 27, 2009, 09:41:14 pm
I never really got what was going on in NES, I watched the movie and never got the whole story.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 27, 2009, 09:46:31 pm
Well, it didn't contain the whole story.  I did get that Bastion, the kid in our world somehow got hold of the NES book, started reading it, and not only got caught up in what was happening, but managed to bring the Orobourus symbol from the outside of the book inside it with him, where it converted to a talisman that made him impervious to all harm. 
At first he was identifying with Atreyu, but eventually he became a sort of companion to him, or Atreyu and the queen between them summoned him to give her a name and save the land from the Nothing.
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Post by: Talyn on February 27, 2009, 10:27:00 pm
That makes more sense then my memories of the movie.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 27, 2009, 10:38:18 pm
This is from watching it a couple of times, and one of my sisters explaining about his mom's name.

Also, they did "NES II" at one point, but I haven't a clue how much, if at all, it followed the book; as I said, I found Bastion too annoying in the book to continue reading it more than a few pages beyond the bastardized (inevitably) version of the bits that became the movie.

I did like the rock smiter, and the little man with his racing snail.
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Post by: Avarel on February 27, 2009, 11:05:44 pm
Ironically, in the bookstore the other day I saw a copy of NES and just picked it up. I thought I might read it , and now it is sitting looking at me rather forlornly.
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Post by: Kate on February 28, 2009, 11:43:09 am
I was always told by my friends who had read NES the book that the movie was AWFUL in comparison. I've always meant to pick up the book, but never have.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 28, 2009, 11:44:58 am
I'm wondering if my issues with it have to do with the translation; if I'm not mistaken, it was written in German.
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Post by: Avarel on February 28, 2009, 12:53:11 pm
my copy says "first translated in Germany as Die Unendliche Geschichte by Thienemanns Verlag, 1979"
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Post by: Pfefferminztee on March 22, 2009, 06:54:40 am
@NES
Michael Ende is German. :3
And, of course, the movie sucks.
NES is a very great children's book, because it stimulates your own fantasy. He never writes 'It looks like this' he writes' it was the most beautiful, most biggest, most anything, you could imagine', so naturally, everyone has his own idea about it and therefore a movie just couldn't work. :3
(And besides, I liked 'Momo' even more.)
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Post by: Tannun on April 04, 2009, 12:37:51 am
Looks like Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series is getting made into a movie.  I've noticed a huge amount of my favorite books being made into movies or tv series lately :

Jim Butcher - Dresden Files
Harris' - Sookie Stackhouse True Blood
Tanya Huff - Vicki Nelson series
Patricia Brigg's - Mercy Movie
Hamilton's - Anita Blake

So anyone know of any other books to movies/tv announced?
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Post by: Litwolf on April 04, 2009, 05:25:57 am
Oh yeah, there's been SO MUCH of this being done. And not always with the best results. 'Ella Enchanted' and 'Blood and Chocolate' come to mind with the list of terrible book to movie adaptations. Thankfully, there are better ones out there:

Tuck Everlasting
Coraline
Stardust
A Walk To Remember
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Post by: white_unicorn on April 04, 2009, 01:17:21 pm
 ??? whoa! is Mercy going on the Big Screen? when - How - whose playing????? Where am I that I haven't heard of it yet????
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Post by: Has on April 04, 2009, 01:29:46 pm
Did you not know? LOL - heres the press release-

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6601320.html

hes the guy who is helming Prince of Persia and the upcoming Elfs of Shanara
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Post by: white_unicorn on April 04, 2009, 02:32:46 pm
okay, the Mercy being a vampire hunter is a bit off... but anyway... when is it programmed to get in the offices?  any more info? Oh... can't really wait for it... (though I know I have to... )

And the Harry Potter 4 film was quite good and in accordance to the book (mostly) *Crosses fingers that the actors do fit the roles... and it comes out soonly...* ;D
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Post by: Has on April 04, 2009, 02:41:08 pm
I am hoping for that too! :D
And also Patty will have some say in the plot I think and ensures that whoever plays Mercy will be part Native American which is great :D
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Post by: Patti L. on April 04, 2009, 05:43:25 pm
Hate to squash the fun, gang, but this is a thoroughly generic article.  It doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know, regarding the movie rights being sold.  We already knew the company, Canon 50, and had heard that it was that director.
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Post by: charmed on April 04, 2009, 09:42:00 pm
merging with the pre-existing thread,

charmed, books and movies mod
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Post by: Patti L. on April 04, 2009, 10:00:42 pm
Thought so.
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Post by: white_unicorn on April 05, 2009, 01:02:57 pm
not sure where this should go but... In Greece they are currently showing TOP CHEF season 2 and one of the chefs just made me think of Edward Cullen in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series... maybe it's the whiteness of the skin and the hair - do... but... he would be a good Edward... me thinks...
(http://www.iconocast.com/B000000000000033/U3/News1_0.jpg)  ::)
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Post by: Patti L. on October 25, 2009, 05:01:52 am
This could go into "what movies are you panting to see", but since it's closer to rumor than "Check out this trailer", I'm coming here with it.

Anybody else love Doc Savage?
There was a rather pathetic movie made from the series in 1975, starring Ron Ely, who'd already helped butcher Tarzan on TV.

Well, rumor has it that a new movie is being made from this series, from one of the original books.  Set, appropriately, in the 1930s.

For anyone who doesn't remember, or who hasn't seen the re-prints in the past few years, Doc Savage features the title character & five associates, who are usually considered aides, even though they're pretty highly ranked in their own fields of expertise, solving uncanny mysteries & saving the world.  And this as mustered out veterans of "THE Great War", or WW I.
It was extremely innovative in it's day, featuring contact lenses, scuba re-breathers, and some things less likely, including "oxygen tablets".
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Post by: Ellyll on October 25, 2009, 05:14:39 am
Oh, Doc Savage was fun!  I loved those stories.  :D
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 25, 2009, 05:21:52 am
The Man of Bronze, Doc Savage with own liquid gold mine a tribe at his beck and call.
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Post by: Patti L. on October 25, 2009, 05:25:47 am
Yep. 
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 25, 2009, 05:26:55 am
Cool because I loved his driver.
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Post by: Patti L. on October 25, 2009, 05:31:31 am
Driver?  They all drove themselves; and piloted the various airships & boats & submersibles.
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 25, 2009, 05:33:17 am
From the TV series, I think he had a driver, who is Author, because I need something to read.
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Post by: Patti L. on October 25, 2009, 05:41:20 am
No, I think you're remembering "The Green Hornet", which had Bruce Lee as Kato.

Doc did not wear a mask or have an alternate identity, he was more like an early days version of Reed Richards from The Fantastic 4.

There were several people who wrote them, Pulp era, including L. Ron Hubbard, but they were all under the house name of Kenneth Roberson.
You might be able to find in used book stores some pocket sized ones, recently they've been putting out 4 of the original size (about 200 page for mm pb) volume in one compilation the size of one of the old pulp magazines (think "Redbook")
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 25, 2009, 05:43:41 am
I know "Green Hornet" plus that's coming out as a Movie next year I think.
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Post by: Patti L. on October 25, 2009, 05:49:21 am
I wouldn't be surprised if it did show up as such, but as far as I'm aware, there was no Doc Savage TV show; I'd have been all over it if there had been, at least after about 1967.  Shoot; my dream location for a home?  Doc Savage Road; there is one here in the Puget Sound, on one of the islands; Camano, I think.  Discovered it when I worked at the bank call center.

Getting back on topic; I think they are supposed to be using one, or at most 2 specific Doc Savage books as basis for this movie.  If they do it right & it goes over well, they could make a LOT of sequels, I've forgotten how many novels there are, over 100, but I don't think 200. Even if most of them are in the 200 page range.
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Post by: Ellyll on October 25, 2009, 05:50:36 am
Which makes them perfect for movie adaptation. 

Somebody did a comic book version at one point, I remember.
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Post by: gryphon340 on October 25, 2009, 10:33:25 am
That's still being published as Graphic Novels, but the books are pre-paid from B&N.
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Post by: charmed on April 15, 2010, 04:40:43 pm
BUMP
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Post by: mtomni on April 23, 2010, 01:47:48 pm
What's BUMP?
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Post by: Patti L. on April 23, 2010, 01:52:20 pm
We post that sometimes to bring a thread to the top of the list so people can read it and decide if they're interested in posting in it, or if it should be cut for lack of interest.
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Post by: mtomni on April 23, 2010, 01:53:12 pm
Thank you!
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Post by: Crescent on April 23, 2010, 02:48:17 pm
I am looking to seeing "Water for Elephants".  This one of my all time favorite books.  Hope it is not too murdered in the transition to film.
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Post by: lostbird on April 23, 2010, 06:06:22 pm
Didn't see a thread about comic books, but I just saw Kick-Ass and that's me already standing in line for the sequel!    bOuNcY
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Post by: A.Williams on August 06, 2010, 04:36:35 pm
I usually hate when books go to movies. There is just way too much left out and it doesn't make for a good movie to me, even if I have read the book. You have this picture in your head of what the characters look like and more than 90% of the time when they cast a role for someone it never resembles the character (the character could be Asian and the person playing them is white). Memoir's Of A Geisha is a perfect example of a bad transition. The book was phenomenal but the movie was trash. Too many important details where left out, a few extra things that where not in the book where in the movie. The Twilight series movies are ok, I can't stand the books but have enjoyed the movies so far.

@ lostbird, I think making a comic a movie is much easier because there isn't as much going on. Haven't seen Kick-Ass but want to.
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Post by: Pfefferminztee on August 29, 2010, 11:28:54 am
Ah, not right! There is a lot going on in comics, though it depends on the kind of comics you read, of course.
Point is, a comic is a visual medium, or at least more visual than books. Therefore it is easier made into a film than a book. But it can still be crappy, e.g. Batman & Robin...
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Post by: Chalger on November 07, 2010, 10:10:22 am
I can't quite remember this scene in the book...

(http://i1229.photobucket.com/albums/ee471/Chalger/Moving%20gif/LotR.gif)
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Post by: Patti L. on November 07, 2010, 02:02:52 pm
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs12/i/2006/298/e/2/ROFL_by_angelratdesigns.gif), not to mention (http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs9/i/2006/014/f/c/_foocl__falloutofchairlaughing_by_darkmoon3636.gif)
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Post by: CarolKat on November 07, 2010, 04:59:49 pm
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs12/i/2006/298/e/2/ROFL_by_angelratdesigns.gif), not to mention (http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs9/i/2006/014/f/c/_foocl__falloutofchairlaughing_by_darkmoon3636.gif)

I second that!  LOL LOL
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Post by: Cerulean on December 13, 2010, 02:42:26 pm
I saw Voyage of the Dawn Treader over the weekend. I couldn't remember much of the book, so I uncovered my old copies of the series (published in 1970) and quickly read that book. I saw a lot of similarities as well as a lot of deviations. But the thing is, I prefer the movie. I thought they did a great job of making it more exciting and giving the plot some urgency. So more action, but also more psychology in the characters. So hurray for a better movie from a book.
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Post by: Gerd D. on December 18, 2010, 03:17:54 pm
Ella Enchanted, worst ever!
It's one of those cases where you are left wondering if the script writers even bothered to read the book at all.
I'm not one of those sticklers that think a adaptation should follow the book word by word, but hell, they should at least try to keep its spirit. >:(
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Post by: Cerulean on December 22, 2010, 12:34:31 pm
Ella Enchanted, worst ever!
It's one of those cases where you are left wondering if the script writers even bothered to read the book at all.
I'm not one of those sticklers that think a adaptation should follow the book word by word, but hell, they should at least try to keep its spirit. >:(

Gerd, I've only ever seen the movie. How does it differ from the book?
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Post by: Gerd D. on December 27, 2010, 05:31:18 am
The book is less slapstick oriented but offers actually a, for a childrens book, rather thoughtful story.
The story and characters differ a lot, the movie follows a tangent that never really is explored but only feared by Ella (her being possibly commanded to kill Char) and introduces stuff that isn't in the book (like for example their version of the magic book) ... I guess the movie is an okay comedy if you don't know the book, it did remind me of the silly humour from Pirate Movie in it's better moments.

However, in the book Ella's obedience and her rebellious actions against this curse make a wonderful allegory about growing up and finding out who you are, an element that I couldn't really find in the movie. Somehow that got all drowned for me in the not so clever world set-up of the middle ages as a bubblegum coloured typical American amusement park, like they tried to create a live version of Shrek rather than adapting Ella Enchanted.
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Post by: Allannah on December 30, 2010, 12:56:13 pm
It's not just books to movies that they mess with - sometimes it's the real life adaptations too!  We were just reading that the eldest Von Trapp sister just passed away, and were reading her comments on how wrong the broadway musical (from which the movie is adapted) got wrong about her family and their experiences.  We love the movie (Sound of Music) and she said the play was very nice - if it had been about a family named Miller - it just wasn't hers!
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Post by: Patti L. on December 30, 2010, 01:02:58 pm
I've read (and now wish I'd kept) three or four volumes of Maria Von Trapp's memoirs.  Interesting; I remember she particularly commented that she'd found the whistle signals necessary, rather than offensive, because of the size of the property.
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Post by: ironkitten on February 07, 2011, 12:15:19 pm
Ok I liked the LOTR trilogy even if they didn't stick exactly to the books - they did a good job with it this last time and I was impressed. They got the highlights of the book.
I sort of like the Harry Potter ones, but even then the 5th one was so dissappointing I almost swore off them.
Blood and Chocolate I never read the book, but the movie was good - so I am willing to read the book.
For the most part I find the books better than the movie, and I cringe when a book is being made into a movie and if it is pray that is done right.
Something I tell everyone when they see a movie especially a book - to - movie, go in with absolutely no expectations - that way your not too dissapointed, and keep in mind if it doesn't directly effect the story line then it got cut out. Case in point lord of the rings and harry potter - The actual time line of the LOTR novels covers almost 50 years, and how Frodo got his sword and what not was not really the way they showed in the movie, but the way it was portrayed and because they needed to be given the swords worked out well with the story and it didnt' take away from it. In Harry Potter the 4th movie, my friend was really niffed that Neville gave Harry the gilly weed and not Doby the house elf. So go figure. That is my take on it anyway and how I view the movie. Now movie 5 of Harry Potter that guy butchered it - I don't think he bothered to research it or anything and the sad part was book 5 was only thick because of all the description in it, which should have made it the easiest book to convert to movie because it was almost all decriptions and instead they left all kinds of stuff out and lots of pertenint stuff to the story got edited or skipped - so ya it sucked.
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Post by: simplydreams on February 12, 2011, 03:41:44 am
The movies rarely do justice to the books. I've accepted that, and whenever I go see a movie that I've read the book version of, I just take the film as a totally separate thing. Because if I didn't and started comparing the two, I'd just be disappointed in the movie a lot.
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Post by: Patti L. on May 07, 2011, 08:36:26 pm
Anybody know anything about the adaptation of "Atlas Shrugged" that just popped up as being "in theaters now" on TV commercials, without so much as a single picture, just the title and voice over comment from (presumably) viewers?
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Post by: Janilee on May 08, 2011, 01:20:58 am
I know it is a two part movie.
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Post by: Patti L. on December 12, 2011, 11:17:39 pm
"Pillars of the Earth" is on one of the premium channels now, a multi-part thing.  Anyone watching it?
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Post by: CarolKat on December 13, 2011, 05:57:42 pm
Is it a continuation into the next book or the original?  I saw the original the beginning of the year. I loved it!
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Post by: Patti L. on December 13, 2011, 06:07:12 pm
I wouldn't have a clue, sorry.  Imdb, maybe?

Oh, to follow up on something in one of the social threads, M*A*S*H was a book adapted to a movie, then TV show.  The author wrote a follow up, "M*A*S*H goes to Maine" in 1972, then got in a contract to write about ten "M*A*S*H goes to..." books with a co-writer, they were trash, but amusing, and in '79, he alone wrote another "real" follow up, "M*A*S*H Mania".  None after the original made it to any screens, but they're amusing reads, and the "real" ones have some "The names have been changed to protect the innocent - and the guilty... >D " throat closer (make you cry) moments.
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Post by: mtomni on December 28, 2011, 12:22:30 pm
"Pillars of the Earth" was done like "Game of Thrones", but I don't think it's a series like "Game of Thrones".  I don't remember if it was Showtime that produced them, but they were well done.  I enjoyed both, however I have not read any of the books.

I wonder when "Game of Thrones" will be coming back.  It ended with dragons..................
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Post by: Patti L. on July 09, 2013, 09:50:46 pm
Just watched a DVD I bought a couple of years ago (I think...) and hadn't opened, called "The Seeker".
Turns out to be an adaptation of Susan Cooper's "The Dark Is Rising" - don't know if it's one book or all three, since I have never gotten around to reading the books.
Interestingly, the bad guy was played by Christopher Eccleston, a recent Dr. Who.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 26, 2015, 09:49:43 am
http://www.sub-cultured.com/5-cinematic-adaptations/
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Post by: pondhawk on March 26, 2015, 11:55:47 am
The Young Wizards series ought to be a lot more well known, for all kinds of reasons.

I actually think Pierce's Protector Of The Small series is her best, though I also love the one mentioned. POTS is all about a more or less normal person prevailing through sheer grit and hard work, with very little reliance on magic in a world where others have that advantage.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 26, 2015, 03:19:35 pm
She personally has no magic, but the chamber entity took note of her, and she adopted (more or less) that young seer...

Love the young wizards.   "Don't destroy any civilizations while you're gone." 
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Post by: pondhawk on March 26, 2015, 05:28:57 pm
Yes, the Chamber took note of her, and then she had to work her butt off to do the task it set her. And the youngster was at least as much of a burden as a help. The birds and animals provided most of any magical advantage Kel had, as far as I could tell. But it might be time to reread! Haven't been into that series this winter. And it's been even longer for the Young Wizards. I think there might even be a more recent one of those I haven't read yet. The last one I read was Wizards At War.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 26, 2015, 09:16:05 pm
Easy to find out. They have an e-shop and frequently have the "millennium edition boxed set" on sale.
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Post by: pondhawk on March 27, 2015, 06:12:49 am
Good to know, thanks.
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Post by: ironkitten on March 28, 2015, 01:49:04 pm
The vampire academy I thought was lacking as a movie, but I read all the books. Simple story line, but it's for teens and it isn't a bad read for a light read. Movie stunk though. I feel the same way about the city of bones, the books were great ,but they could have done better with the movie - there is so much visual stuff that could have been done or some of the things they left out was stupid, it made the plot in the movie kind of jump ahead in a few spots.
So with the hobbit and lord of the rings - I watched the movie first and loved it so I read the books and I still like both.
I did that with I am 4 - they weren't bad, with dragon - book was so boring I fell asleep by chapter 4 - so liked movie better. Now I am debating another book - I watched Divergent and Insurgent and I know there is a Resurgent out there, but the movie was good - how do the books measure up? If anyone knows I would like to hear it. Otherwise I will post on here when I have read it.
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Post by: Pee Wee on May 16, 2015, 11:51:35 pm
Outlander is finally reaching our free TV. It will start next Wednesday, but this time is my yogaclass. I'm thinking about buying a recorder for a long time. But - will it be worth for that?
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Post by: Janilee on May 16, 2015, 11:56:15 pm
Every thing I've heard about it suggests it is.
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Post by: Pee Wee on May 17, 2015, 10:17:15 pm
Maybe I can make a good deal. Scheduled on the todo-list  ;D
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Post by: Patti L. on September 09, 2016, 06:30:51 am
http://www.signature-reads.com/2016/09/the-fall-movies-preview-2016-part-1-novel-adaptations/
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Post by: Janilee on September 09, 2016, 07:22:21 am
I already know about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Miss Perigrin's Home for Peculiar Children. I did not know about Inferno. Things to look forward to. :)
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Post by: Patti L. on November 16, 2016, 07:34:56 pm
http://shadowandact.com/2016/11/16/new-trailer-for-hidden-figures-premieres-watch-it-now/


http://io9.gizmodo.com/robert-heinleins-scifi-classic-stranger-in-a-strange-la-1789022223?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=io9_twitter
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Post by: Janilee on November 16, 2016, 10:13:37 pm
Don't have TV, so I'll miss Heinlein. I've been thinking about Hidden Figures, but I thought it had a different name.
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Post by: Patti L. on December 08, 2016, 09:53:31 pm
http://www.tor.com/2016/12/01/sci-fi-fantasy-adaptations-movies-tv/
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Post by: Janilee on December 09, 2016, 11:22:08 am
Wow! 1. I am amazed at how many I hadn't read. 2. I have friends who will be very happy to learn about certain books. 3. I have friends who will be dismayed to hear about certain books. 4. I want to see the Galbraith books done.
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Post by: Zealith on December 09, 2016, 11:49:59 am
Some of those are quite exciting!
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Post by: Patti L. on December 09, 2016, 01:55:28 pm
And some of them we're not holding our breath.  Dragonriders of Pern have been attempted since about the early 80s, I believe.
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Post by: Zealith on December 09, 2016, 03:03:38 pm
Yes. But at least now they have the graphics to do it justice, if they ever actually do it.
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Post by: Patti L. on August 19, 2017, 08:53:29 pm
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/08/four-book-series-that-are-shaping-the-future-of-science-fiction-on-television/
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Post by: pondhawk on August 21, 2017, 07:39:54 am
Cool! I have read some Octavia Butler, but not that particular series. The others I have seen reviews of, but have not gotten around to reading.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 27, 2018, 02:07:32 pm
https://lithub.com/20-literary-adaptations-disavowed-by-their-original-authors/
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Post by: pondhawk on February 27, 2018, 05:49:32 pm
Yep.
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Post by: Patti L. on March 02, 2018, 10:17:32 am
http://thewertzone.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/bbc-commissions-discworld-tv-series.html
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Post by: pondhawk on March 04, 2018, 11:48:38 am
Maybe they could get Ben Aaronovitch in on that too. He is a Pratchett fan.
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Post by: Patti L. on October 24, 2018, 06:37:40 am
https://ew.com/tv/2018/10/05/good-omens-first-look-david-tennant-michael-sheen/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly_ew&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=A6972676-C8B8-11E8-B20F-3FE14744363C&utm_content=link

Good Omens interview.
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: pondhawk on October 24, 2018, 06:43:10 am
OMG Frances McDormand as the voice of God ? ? ? Can't wait!
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Post by: Patti L. on January 02, 2019, 08:09:08 pm
https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/fantasy-adaptations-book-tv-development.html
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Post by: Zealith on January 02, 2019, 08:15:07 pm
Definitely a few in there I'm excited to see!
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Post by: pondhawk on January 03, 2019, 10:17:35 am
Me too, but the reality is that I never watch TV.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 20, 2019, 07:21:23 am
https://www.thebookseller.com/news/headline-acquires-two-tie-books-gaimans-good-omens-tv-series-959891

Did you hear that Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing Satan?
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: pondhawk on February 20, 2019, 09:28:44 am
I did. I'm not sure I've ever heard his voice, honestly, but I'm sure he's excellent.
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Post by: Zealith on February 20, 2019, 04:55:34 pm
He was Smaug in The Hobbit, if that helps.
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Post by: Patti L. on February 20, 2019, 06:49:12 pm
Kahn in the reboot Star Trek movie with Kahn.
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Post by: Patti L. on May 31, 2019, 11:21:13 pm
First 2 episodes, so far, of "Good Omens"; many lines have made it unedited from page to screen.
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Post by: pondhawk on June 01, 2019, 05:31:00 am
Good to know!
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Post by: Patti L. on June 05, 2019, 06:48:50 pm
http://www.dorktower.com/2019/06/04/good-ominous-dork-tower-04-06-19/

There are a few bits from the sequel they would have written, especially at the end.
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Post by: pondhawk on June 06, 2019, 06:13:43 am
 LOL
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Post by: Janilee on June 06, 2019, 07:24:01 am
 LOL
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Post by: Patti L. on June 06, 2019, 09:43:09 am
I was just thinking, ERB's Tarzan books - the movies are nothing like faithful, but they're still the better option; I re-read part of one of the books... gosh, last year?  It is hideously racist and misogynistic.  That doesn't come through as badly in the movies or TV shows.
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Post by: pondhawk on June 06, 2019, 01:23:09 pm
At least in the newer versions.
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Post by: Janilee on June 06, 2019, 02:20:23 pm
That last interview of Patty Briggs suggested a TV series for the Mercy books. I think it would be a better fit than a movie would.
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Post by: Zealith on June 06, 2019, 03:37:54 pm
I agree.
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Post by: Patti L. on June 10, 2019, 07:19:34 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/06/10/10-details-you-might-miss-in-good-omens-if-you-havent-read-the-book/
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Post by: pondhawk on June 11, 2019, 06:32:02 am
Cool!
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Post by: Patti L. on June 19, 2019, 07:33:31 pm
https://chapterbreak.net/2019/06/19/good-omens-tv-mini-series-review/
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Post by: Patti L. on August 08, 2019, 06:29:02 am
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EBcPeaMUEAA12jn?format=jpg&name=large)
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Post by: Zealith on August 08, 2019, 11:39:56 am
 :-LOVE
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Post by: pondhawk on August 09, 2019, 06:07:34 am
 :D
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Post by: Patti L. on September 11, 2019, 06:50:40 pm
https://www.geekgirlauthority.com/bbc-america-casts-richard-dormer-and-more-for-its-discworld-adaptation-the-watch/
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Post by: pondhawk on September 12, 2019, 05:02:26 am
I have some problems with that list, starting with the fact that dwarfs as a species are non binary, and it's the fact that Cheery wants to dress as her biological gender that causes her to be ostracized. But that's also my problem with using cultural markers as indicators for gender. Dress, makeup, and hair style are cultural markers that have nothing to do with biological gender, and cultural norms for gender in one group can be the opposite in another group. They would be better understood as logistical, practical, and individual expressive considerations.
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Post by: Patti L. on September 12, 2019, 05:38:38 am
Oh, the whole thing has "TV adaptation of stuff that started being written 40 years ago" coated like fondue.  Did you see the way they worded the bits about Carrot & Angua? Makes it sound as though Angua had been there first.
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Post by: Patti L. on September 12, 2019, 05:51:28 am
@tordotcom
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Surprise surprise! A brand-new #JurassicWorld short film is premiering this Sunday on FX and online:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/card_img/1171798269502140417/6uMgJvWT?format=jpg&name=small)
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: pondhawk on September 12, 2019, 12:54:51 pm
 :D

Yes, I did see the part about Carrot and Angua. And I agree about the adaptation part in general, but it's from Night Watch, which came out in 2002. I have just finished a reread of the Witches thread, and it's become increasingly apparent to me that, while TP was ahead of his time with ace characters, the same is not true of LGBTQ ones. Maskerade (1995) is not outrageously homophobic, but it did make me, as a straight ally, slightly uncomfortable. In fact, I can't think offhand of a single recurring character whose gender is anything other than cis. Granted, I may not have the terminology down completely, and half of it didn't exist 20 years ago, so YMMV.
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Post by: Patti L. on September 12, 2019, 08:40:55 pm
@tordotcom
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The new #JurassicWorld short film, which airs on FX and online this Sunday, takes place one year after the events of Fallen Kingdom:
Title: Re: Books to Movies
Post by: Patti L. on October 03, 2019, 03:55:57 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/10/03/y-the-last-man-nycc-2019-panel-highlights/
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Post by: Patti L. on October 14, 2019, 06:12:02 pm
https://www.tor.com/2019/10/14/watch-the-first-trailer-for-robert-downey-jr-s-doctor-dolittle-reboot/
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Post by: pondhawk on October 15, 2019, 07:25:36 am
"hermits himself away"?
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Post by: Patti L. on November 01, 2019, 06:23:27 pm
https://deadline.com/2019/11/lionsgate-little-women-producer-playground-plot-fantasy-world-with-tamora-pierces-tortall-universe-series-1202771376/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 bOuNcY  bOuNcY  bOuNcY
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Post by: Janilee on November 01, 2019, 11:39:32 pm
Have they said where and when in the series they were going to start?
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Post by: Patti L. on November 02, 2019, 08:08:48 am
Not that I read.