Best & Worst: Book Adaptations

Hollywood vs The Written Word...



    • Hadouken76

      Aug 24th 2010, 11:07

      Does the Bourne trilogy count? Even though the films were nothing like the books.

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    • durden

      Aug 24th 2010, 12:34

      Ok...i pretty much agree with everything here except Animal Farm.You can't put that on you "Worst...anything" list.Seriously,bad move there...

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    • SCQ47

      Aug 24th 2010, 15:29

      No credit to Psycho or Rear Window? I'm starting to think Total Film hates Hitchcock since it rarely acknowledges the greatest director of all time.

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    • Lindz28

      Aug 24th 2010, 15:52

      Its such a shame when you have a beloved book and the film ends up being a bit naff. My examples being the film that should have been called Northern Lights and Memoirs of a Geisha. I've seen worse films but neither are a patch on the books. I'd have like to seen Gone Baby Gone on here as a best adap.

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    • Flaygor

      Aug 24th 2010, 18:28

      It's Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redmption... no "and". Christ i'm sad.

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    • Flaygor

      Aug 24th 2010, 18:29

      No "the" even....

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    • johnian

      Aug 24th 2010, 19:00

      Jaws is a considerable improvement on its airport doorstop parent book. The icing on the cake, when first seeing the film after reading the book, was the changed fate of Matt Hooper.

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    • Ichi1

      Aug 24th 2010, 19:39

      Best: The Sweet Hereafter. A brilliant book that truly seemed unfilmable. But the movie turned out to be just as brilliant, powerful, and heart breaking as the novel. Worst: American Psycho. The movie comes off as a Disney version of the book. I really have trouble understanding why the film is held in such high regard.

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    • Leightwinst

      Aug 24th 2010, 20:02

      Where's The Mist? I say that about every list, mind.....

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    • namedropper

      Aug 24th 2010, 21:03

      I kinda liked Perfect Catch. It's harmless and quiet sweet in its own way and no worse than the Colin Firth version...I'll get me coat.

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      Aug 24th 2010, 21:56

      Really? LA Confidential didn't make the list? Read the book by James Ellroy - then watch the movie. It's probably the best adaptation of a book you're likely to find. Oh - and it won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay as well.

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    • daskoyne

      Aug 24th 2010, 23:49

      I'd have to vote for 'Let the right one in' in the best category. As much as I enjoyed the book it was an in your face, near to the knuckle battering ram that had me squirming uncomfortably at moments. I really didn't know what to expect from the movie, but I was wonderfully surprised at the subtle, tender and at times beautiful piece of cinema.

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    • Faers

      Aug 25th 2010, 1:22

      Silence of the Lambs, anyone? It could've been soon easy to get this one wrong. A few off-hand that I can think of (and like) are Jackie Brown (personally, my favourite Tarantino flick and the best Elmore Leonard Adaptation), Total Recall (which I thought may have at least got a mention in the Blade Runner segment) and The Hunt For Red October. A flick that divides opinion, but I love it - and the book. I would mention some bad ones, but throw a stick in HMV and you're bound to hit one.

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    • Faers

      Aug 25th 2010, 1:31

      I mean... Silence of the Lambs, anyone? It could've been SO easy to get this one wrong.

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    • Giles83

      Aug 25th 2010, 5:24

      I would like to add: Best: First Blood Jaws The Fog The Exorcist Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Worst: The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe (2005) The Lost World: Jurassic Park The Cat in the Hat The DaVinci Code

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    • KerrAvon

      Aug 25th 2010, 20:56

      Watership Down great book, great film especially when Hazel leaves with the Black Rabbit, makes me cry every time

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    • DrunkGuppy

      Aug 26th 2010, 1:28

      although i haven't read the book, Dreamcatcher must be due a mention for being so spectacularly awful.

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    • Shiftybea

      Aug 26th 2010, 17:33

      @Giles83- The Fog wasn't a book first, it was an original Carpenter script :)

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    • gregbreen1

      Jun 13th 2011, 18:15

      I'm glad you included the word "unnecessary" in the description of the US remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo...After the release of the trailer is looks so unnecessary...Usually I love Fincher but this is to parphrase a great man "the most pointless film since how to learn French was translated into French"

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