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February 28th, 2013, 08:14 PM
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do you watch any of the shows or movies for the books you have read?

Are you able to separate in your head the difference between a book and a movie, or do you feel that they're ruining good books by turning them into something we can watch?
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March 1st, 2013, 12:54 AM
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Not always, it varies depending how well it's done, I think.

I prefer the Lord of the Rings movies to the books. I think Return of the King is one of the greatest movies ever.

Some of the Harry Potter movies are brilliant and really bring things to life. The Chamber of Secrets was better as a film than a book. Others, especially The Prisoner of Azkaban, are awful and do not reflect the brilliance of the book.

If I've really enjoyed a book I will want to see the film and sometimes they've done it really well and it's very enjoyable, whereas other times it's a real disappointment. I think it's a bit of an art form that some directors can pull off, some can't, and some are a bit hit and miss.
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March 1st, 2013, 01:17 AM
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I have the ability to separate them out into different entities. A book is a book and a movie is a movie.

What I hate... is when they skip something in movie #1, and throw it in with no explanation in movie 2 or 3... like they did in Lord of the Rings and the elven presents.


I have enjoyed Lord of the Rings, Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games quite well in both forms.

The Vampire Diaries is fantastic, but it is nothing at all like the book. Not even close.
DH says Game of Thrones is pretty close the books.
True blood seems pretty close for the little bit I have read book wise to the show.

I find they do a really good job converting Nicholas Sparks books to movies as well.

I do wish they'd stop converting Jodi Piccoult books into Made for TV movies.... they just screw them up.
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March 1st, 2013, 04:22 AM
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I don't have the ability to separate. A lot of people won't see movies made from books with me (although we had our group of girls for Twilight and have the same group for Hunger Games).

I understand that they need to gloss over things for the sake of time in movies, but I don't understand when they change things for no good reason. Examples include the colour of the cat in Hunger Games, or the colour of the scarf in Shopaholic. Those are the sorts of things that drive me nuts. Could you really not take the time to find an orange cat (I think it was black)? Or a blue scarf (they used a green one). That's my beef with books into movies.

Oh and ITA about Jodi Picoult books, I saw The Tenth Circle was on, so I PVR'd it and didn't even watch the whole thing.
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March 1st, 2013, 01:31 PM
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I think I have the 10th circle on my comptuer to watch when DH is gone..... I guess I will be as disappointed as Plain Truth? So much potential for that movie... and they ruined it by changing so freaking much!!!!

Yeah I don't get the little details stuff. I can see needing to leave out chunks (like the Tom Bombadil stuff in Lord of the rings) to make things fit, as long as you don't address them later and having people go "what the heck?"
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I haven't seen Plain Truth so I can't compare. I'll have to keep an eye out now that I know its floating around out there! But Tenth Circle wasn't one of my favourites of her books anyways, so that might have contributed. However, I did love Plain Truth. I think partially because I live in an area with a lot of Amish and Mennonites so its part of our daily life.
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March 1st, 2013, 07:30 PM
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Unfortunately, I do watch movies and shows based on books. I am a harsh critic and am usually disappointed. I see it this way: you already HAVE a script and screenplay if you are basing a movie on a book. I can accept SOME changes for theatrical enhancement, laying out the road for the story later, etc. and am also fine with taking out parts of the book that are not vital in the interest of time for the movie. I am also willing to overlook a miscast character and give them a chance to make me believe they really were who I should have been picturing all along. What I don't accept is babying it down to cater to the younger crowd, major omissions or changes, loss of the very heart of the story, etc.

The Hunger Games is a big transgressor for me. It is my favorite series of books ever alongside Harry Potter and I am so disappointed with the movie. They left out too much, got too much wrong, watered it down for ratings, and ended up making a mediocre movie out of a phenomenal and stunning book. The movie for Twilight is a pile of garbage that makes no sense whatsoever, but the book wasn't exactly great either. I've liked all of the other movies in the series (Haven't seen Breaking Dawn Part 2 yet.) and felt they stayed pretty true to the books. I think all of the Harry Potter movies have succeeded in staying close enough to not lose the meaning and impact of the books while whittling out unnecessary portions of the story (S.P.E.W., for instance). The Virgin Suicides was an exact translation, so that was spot on for Sophia Coppola. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was just fine, but I also found the books fairly tedious. I actually hated that they made Frodo such an impotent weakling, but otherwise, I thought they were fine.

There have been two movies I have seen that are better than the book they are based on: Atonement (The book was WAY too wordy!) and Red Dragon (better ending).

I ADORE, and I mean ADORE The Vampire Diaries and think it is the best show on television right now. I think the writers of the show are terrific. I have not actually read the books, but am aware that the show is very far removed from the books. If so, I'm alright with that because I think the show is so spectacular.

I haven't really read any other books to shows that are popular right now. I prefer to read the books first and then watch the movie/ show. I have no desire to read the Sookie Stackhouse novels and just don't like True Blood. I will probably watch and read Game of Thrones at some point in the nearish future...
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