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Morgana

Hi! This is a thread where you can post any book(s) that you think should be made into a movie(s). So, have fun!

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Aqueous

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Books are best when read.

I'm with theblackdragon on this, not to say there isn't a couple I'd be tempted to see but the books tend to stay better in book form not as movies

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Morgana

Yeah, pretty much every book that's been made into a movie; the book is better.

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I want all the best (and by that I mean worst) fanfics ever to be made into movies.

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@rudydog13 - don't worry I Have all 13 books. I'm afraid they would not transfer well, not to say I would not be tempted

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Aqueous wrote:

theblackdragon wrote:

Books are best when read.

I'm with theblackdragon on this, not to say there isn't a couple I'd be tempted to see but the books tend to stay better in book form not as movies

If you ask me, that's because they're usually trying to condense a long story into a 2 hour film. That's why I said short books - they wouldn't have to condense a story that's less than 200 pages long.

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theblackdragon

@Mickeymac: Every single time I've ever asked someone how the book was, they invariably say that it's better than the movie — or, they say if I liked the movie, i'll love the book. I've never had someone gush the other way around.

You're right about them having to snip things from a longer story, but that's not the only issue when translating a book into movie format, IMO... I think the deal is that people get a mental image set in their minds when they read a book. They create their own fictional worlds in their minds that the protagonists do their thing in, they've got their own perception of how the main character should look and come across and how their mannerisms should play out, and everyone's imagination is different — up to and including those of the directors, screenplay writers, costume designers, everyone working hard to put one coherent version up on the big screen.

A movie may be good, but no matter how amazing the special effects are, no matter how true to the original story it is, no matter how hard the actors and actresses work to fit the characters, no matter how hard the set and costume designers work to get the feel of what the author intended, that one version that makes it to theaters is not going to be the same as what everyone already had in their minds. when you've already got a set idea in your brain and someone attempts to pass off another version as truth, the end result is going to be 'but the book was better' no matter how long or short the story is.

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Aqueous

@theblackdragon - Are you reading minds, you have what I would have said, though likely better worded. What gets me though is changes to the plot mostly, it drives me up walls to see plot points changed or altered in the movies.

There was three times the movie was the better version and that was all star wars which is better fitted to movie format in the first place.

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Omg, every Eragon book cause that Eragon movie was one of the best movies eveeeeeeerrrrr!!!!!

Also, any book with Fabio on the cover cause those stories are truly gripping and the movies would be hooooooooott!!!!!

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I really hate movies that are adapted into books.

Movies themselves are already lacking the immense characterization that a book gives, but to take a 90 minute film, and stretch that out over hundreds of pages makes it awful.

Plus, I would rather observe the mise-en-scene, than see it described to me in a book.

The other way round though, I hate what some movies do to some books. In your mind you have your idealized version of what everything looks like, sounds like etc. then you see the film, which is completely opposite to what you imagined, and it sort of ruins it.

also, twilight burns better as a book

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Aqueous wrote:

There was three times the movie was the better version and that was all star wars which is better fitted to movie format in the first place.

i think the reason for that is because Lucas was kinda writing for the big screen. he wasn't writing books, he was essentially writing screenplays. :3

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Aqueous

theblackdragon wrote:

Aqueous wrote:

There was three times the movie was the better version and that was all star wars which is better fitted to movie format in the first place.

i think the reason for that is because Lucas was kinda writing for the big screen. he wasn't writing books, he was essentially writing screenplays. :3

True enough

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is that Richarson gaga book out yet?

But as far as i'm concerned Watchmen proved that as close as you can get to the source material it will still be missing stuff.

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I just never could get into books. Especially the ones with no pictures.
I get bored and start dosing off. Like in the case of Harry Potter everyone says the books are better.
I've seen the movies but haven't even touched the books. I'm a movie guy and books just put me to sleep.

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@Avaitor

is that Richarson gaga book out yet?

But as far as i'm concerned Watchmen proved that as close as you can get to the source material it will still be missing stuff.

Yes it is.

I think comic books are amazing, and it's such a shame when they get modern adaptations. They're so beautiful and then you get some cash hungry film studio that wrecks it. Luckily with comics, as opposed to book, it gives a visual representation of everything, rather than it relying on your own imagination, so it's easier to go back to.

Example with Batman, I love the diverse ranges that the comics have covered him from. It's sort of amazing how they can get so many different angles from not only the protagonist, but the numerous antagonists. The films are a drop in the water, and really, just cover a view that has been already seen but in a much shorter time.

That's why I love Nolan's films. With the Joker particularly, we never saw that side, compared to the Jack Nicholson portrayal of the character.

if any of that made some sense

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Aviator wrote:

shingi_70 wrote:

@Avaitor

is that Richarson gaga book out yet?

But as far as i'm concerned Watchmen proved that as close as you can get to the source material it will still be missing stuff.

Yes it is.

I think comic books are the are amazing, and it's such a shame when they get modern adaptations. They're so beautiful and then you get some cash hungry film studio that wrecks it. Luckily with comics, as opposed to book, it gives a visual representation of everything, rather than it relying on your own imagination, so it's easier to go back to.

Watchmen the movie was really good. Alot of the art stuff couldn't reproduced but the crazy 4 hour long Ultimate version is pretty great bar the ending.

Batman Begin's works as a great loose adaption of Year One.

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CanisWolfred

theblackdragon wrote:

A movie may be good, but no matter how amazing the special effects are, no matter how true to the original story it is, no matter how hard the actors and actresses work to fit the characters, no matter how hard the set and costume designers work to get the feel of what the author intended, that one version that makes it to theaters is not going to be the same as what everyone already had in their minds. when you've already got a set idea in your brain and someone attempts to pass off another version as truth, the end result is going to be 'but the book was better' no matter how long or short the story is.

I've never had that problem, and quite frankly, that's the dumbest excuse to dislike a movie that I've ever heard.

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