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Great book but an awful film! - April 22nd 2009, 12:30 PM

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OK, so you read the book, think something is going to be an amazing movie and you come out of the cinema thinking you wasted your money

I was just wondering which films you guys thought were a dissapointment after reading the book or even which films you thought did the book justice?

For me it's Twilight. I love the books, but the film was just awful and I was really dissapointed.

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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 22nd 2009, 01:28 PM

-Harry Potter films were pure awful when the books were decent.

-The newest Brideshead Revisited film was just rubbish. Which was a shame because the book and TV series are a masterpiece.

-I Am Legend, it completely missed the point of the book.

And millions of others I can't think of right now.

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-The Lord of the rings films were GREAT.

-Catch 22 was done really well.
   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 22nd 2009, 01:29 PM

Eragon..Ithought twilight wasnt that bad from the book


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 22nd 2009, 01:29 PM

I agree, Twilight is a great book, but the movie sucked. Harry Potter is another book I love, but the movies have been disappointing so far.

And I agree with Jack, the Lord of the Rings films were brilliant.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 22nd 2009, 01:55 PM

"The Other Boleyn Girl" - great book, not filmed well at all in my opinion. Good costuming, though!!!

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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 23rd 2009, 01:42 AM

I agree with the Eragon comment. The movie was complete garbage, but I really liked the book.
Also, I didn't really like The Da Vinci Code as a movie.
The Golden Compass was another major disappointment.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 23rd 2009, 03:20 AM

Twilight was an absolutely dreadful flim, although the books were decent. Not my favorite, but ok. The first 2 HP movies were good, but then they changed directors and it all went downhill from there.




   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 23rd 2009, 10:01 AM

Books were great but the movie was painful to watch:
Twilight
Harry Potter (all of them)
Eragon
Pride and Prejudice (2005) - the 1995 version was good though
The da Vinci Code
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 23rd 2009, 10:07 PM

I was majorly dissapointed with the Twilight movie. I don't tend to watch many films based on books.
However, there are two particular films that spring to mind that I think actually did the books justice they are:
Girl, interrupted. (I heard too late that it's vital you read the book first, otherwise reading the book after the film is confusing and drags the books down.)
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas ( I cried and cried at the movie, I didn't shed at tear at the book.)


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 12:50 AM

More or less every movie I've seen that's based off a book Maybe it's just the States but it seems like Hollywood can't ever get it right, the movies never seem to do the book anywhere near the justice it deserves. Examples would be Twilight, Harry Potter [although the sixth movie looks rather good], Eragon, Bridge to Terebithia...I can't think of any others at the moment but I'm sure there are more.



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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 12:57 AM

The Kite Runner was an amazing book. But the movie was very... bad.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 12:58 AM

How about...Every movie I've seen based off a book? :P

The book is ALWAYS better...Doesn't mean most of the movies are horrible, its just that the book is usually much better.
   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 01:00 AM

Just because movies are inspired by books doesn't mean they always stick to story lines they will add to spice up the movie to make profit.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 01:12 AM

Twilight, Eragon, and every other book that has become a movie.
They pretty much always suck

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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 02:21 AM

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The Golden Compass. OK, Northern Lights wasn't a great book, but the movie was terrible. Especially when they decided that they couldn't kill off Roger in the film (in the book he dies in the daemon-separating machine). Still, at least the studio scrapped their plans to make sequels.
   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 02:31 AM

star wars...the books where great. but Episodes I, II, and III where dreadful.
   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 02:47 AM

Deffinately the Da Vinci Code.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 04:41 AM

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More or less every movie I've seen that's based off a book Maybe it's just the States but it seems like Hollywood can't ever get it right, the movies never seem to do the book anywhere near the justice it deserves.
Ugh, I know what you mean!
For me, the worst movie EVER based off a book is Little Men, it's an old film in black and white and it completely took a different plot than almost anything in the book, which I LOVE. Also, all of the Little Women movies were terrible, except for the 1996 (maybe it was '95) version.


   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 09:20 AM

I haven't read the book for Twilight but from reading summaries, seeing ads, hearing it babbled about so often, I hate the damn thing. Business-wise, it's a success but that's where its success ends.

I find most movies based on books to be rather worse, ranging from bearable, to decent, to bad, to a pile of shit, to making my eyes bleed, to making me walk out less than half-way through, to it being a fail and so forth. But, there are exceptions, such as the DaVinci Code, hopefully Angels & Demons (haven't seen yet), to a degree Harry Pothead (stuck by the story for the most part so it was accurate, just a lame movie), some of Lord of the rings (haven't read all the books) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (good book, movie was accurate, just the main character should have been played by someone else partially to fit the physical descriptions and behaviors).

The issue is, most of the time movies change scenes to make them more desirable, and remove undesirable scenes, even if they were good in the book. The other issue I find is getting the actors to match the descriptions in the book (physically, emotionally and behaviorly). Sometimes the movie is accurate, just one character is always "off", making the movie less liked.
   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 03:53 PM

Perfume... it was one of those books that couldn't be a good movie, no matter how much funding or work was put in...just not possible.
Homeward bound, [known under another name, which always escapes me] terrible movie, awesome book.
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 04:13 PM

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How about...Every movie I've seen based off a book? :P

The book is ALWAYS better...Doesn't mean most of the movies are horrible, its just that the book is usually much better.


exactly, when you read a book, each person has it play out in their minds with different people and perfect acting, special effects, and of course a perfect director, and of course a never ending budget...sadly most movies don't have all of these at once


However when it is adapted to film, things are lost in translation and its never as good as the book. I have yet to see one movie that's based off a book and not like the book better (if I have read it)

I just keep that in mind and try to completely wipe out that there is a book by the same name and watch the movie unbiased.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 04:19 PM

I have to agree with everyone who said Eragon. My GOSH that movie was freakin' terrible! It was so bad. I think I only watched about half an hour and just couldn't handle anymore. So bad.

Twilight was a let down.

I love the HP movies though, to be honest. But I mean, nothing can ever beat the books. And I also adored the Da Vinci Code.

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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 05:39 PM

Angela's Eyes. The book was amazing, the film....not so much.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 06:20 PM

WATCHMEN, definitely! It is absolutely the most amazing graphic novel, and the film is alright as a standalone, but if you're a fan of the novel, watching the movie is horribly flat since it follows the novel frame by frame with absolutely no cinematic interpretation.

I actually thought that the Twilight movie was SO much better than the book, but that's mostly because I think that the Twilight books are uh... yeah...
   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 24th 2009, 07:20 PM

5th harry potter film, omg it was awfull they left out so much, i nearly walked out of the film


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 26th 2009, 03:54 AM

The Outsiders! It's one of my favourite books but the movie was absolutely terrible. I also saw the movie for Memiors of a Geisha and it was confusing... my sister read the book and had to explain everything. Apparently it was a really good book.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 26th 2009, 08:35 PM

Girl, Interupted was fairly dissapointing. While it is a good movie, I watched the movie, then I read the book and I was like.. the movie should be more like the book.

I haven't seen Inkheart, but the commercials from it really look crappy. They picked a bad cast for the parts, and that's like been one of my alltime favorite books since I read it. Which fails.

I also have to agree with Twilight and Harry Potter. Especially the fifth Harry Potter when Sirus dies. I was kind of.. mad there.

One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one where the book and movie compare, but my favorite part of the book was left out of the movie. And I liked my veiw of how everyone looked a lot better.



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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 26th 2009, 08:46 PM

I so agree, I love Stephanie Meyer and all of her books plus the twilight saga <3

But was very disappointing at the movie, i was more thankful i watched the copy of it before it came out at cinemas.. so i knew how bad it was

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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 26th 2009, 08:48 PM

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In the book, Lord Asriel killed him after they'd escaped from Svalbard. The film of the golden compass was pretty rubbish, as was eragon. the frist two harry potter films were really good, the others haven't been very good. and i didn't think the twilight film was that bad.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 26th 2009, 08:48 PM

Harry Potter 4 and 5...but I do blame the directing there.


   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 26th 2009, 10:24 PM

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In the book, Lord Asriel killed him after they'd escaped from Svalbard. The film of the golden compass was pretty rubbish, as was eragon. the frist two harry potter films were really good, the others haven't been very good. and i didn't think the twilight film was that bad.
Seriously? OK, you've probably read it more recently than I have, so I'll defer to your greater wisdom. Still a bad film, though.
   
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 27th 2009, 01:24 AM

Eragon. I only read 1/3 of the book before I saw the movie. The movie was just awful. I was ready for it to end before it even hit the half-way mark.

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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 27th 2009, 01:25 AM

I love Inkheart and I don't want to see the movie!
For the movie Twilight, I think they depended too much on the fact you had to have already read the book.

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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 27th 2009, 01:56 AM

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Eragon. I only read 1/3 of the book before I saw the movie. The movie was just awful. I was ready for it to end before it even hit the half-way mark.
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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 27th 2009, 02:03 AM

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I so agree, I love Stephanie Meyer and all of her books plus the twilight saga <3

But was very disappointing at the movie, i was more thankful i watched the copy of it before it came out at cinemas.. so i knew how bad it was

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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 27th 2009, 02:36 AM

Lord Of the Rings sucked.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 27th 2009, 07:33 AM

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Deffinately the Da Vinci Code.

I completely agree. The biggest let down for me dealing with books turning into movies.




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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 27th 2009, 08:43 AM

I don't think any movies are as good as the books. But that's not saying that all movies based off books are awful. Just that if I had to choose then I would pick the book version every time.


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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 30th 2009, 11:48 PM

i hated the golden compass as a film the book northern lights i loved
the da vinci code was a massive let down
eragon i think was one of the worst movies ever made from a book!:O
loved inkheart as a book and the film was a massive let down
alot of people keep saying twlight i absolutely love the books and i liked the film although it could have been better.
the best adaptation of a book is either lord of the rings, devil wears prada or trainspotting




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Re: Great book but an awful film! - April 30th 2009, 11:52 PM

ERAGON. Oh my goodness, I was so disappointed by that.
The Golden Compass was a pretty bad movie, too - I actually slept through it.
Harry Potter... eh. I think they leave out a lot but the things they DO decide to keep in are usually okay. First movie was definitely the most on-target. After that I feel like the actors lost their character aspects, especially in looks.


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