Movies that are better than the books?

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  1. SS109

    SS109 3100 FPS OT Supporter

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    I prefered the Fight Club film over the book and think Elmore Leonard is better in script form than book form. His dialogue is much better spoken than read. (Rum Punch & Jackie Brown) (Outasight)(The Chili Palmer movies.)
     
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    :dunno: liked the book better. It was much more brutal than the movie.
     
  3. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    The Shining.
     
  4. edrox

    edrox A good man, and thorough

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    I have a hard time finding a movie that is better than the book. I am sitting here going through all the ones that I have seen/read and always find the book to be better. I think that is because when you read, your imagination and experience determine how scenes play out in your head. When you watch on the screen, its the director's interpretation, and it is almost never the same as your own.
     
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    Jackie Brown, I thought, was better than Rum Punch. Rum Punch was good, and I was really skeptical of Jackie Brown since there was SO MUCH information in the book, but then I realized everything they cut out wasn't really vital to the story. It was cool information, but didn't move the story any more than just giving you a reason behind certain things (all of which was easily curtailed in the movie).

    Just my opinion though
     
  6. SS109

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    It may also be you like the one better that you see/read first?

    Since books usually come out before movies, most people prefer the books.
     
  7. edrox

    edrox A good man, and thorough

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    I thought of one case last night where the movie was * as good as* the book - "Stand By Me". But that was a short story that was adapted to the screen. I think that works better than trying to cram a novel into 100 minutes of film
     
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    hrm, several come to mind...

    A Clockwork Orange
    The Pianist
    Field of Dreams
    Forrest Gump
    The Godfather
    Jaws
    The Princess Bride
    Like Water For Chocolate
    Jurassic Park
    The Joy Luck Club


    I thought all of those were as good, if not better than the books.
     
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    Forrest Gump is the only one that comes to mind. I almost always prefer the book.
     
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    Never Die Alone

    Donald Goines reads like a super-gritty urban series of those "Scholastic" books :hsugh:
     
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    In the book, there was that weird chapter about some random guy. In the movie, they changed it for the better.
     
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    I second The Shining and Jaws
    and Christine
     
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    Jackie Brown - from a book by another name (I think Rum Punch)
     
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    Forest Gump and The Shining, Jaw and Princess Bride.

    No way in hell A Clockwork Orange was a better movie than book.
     
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    Clockwork Orange I found easier to understand with visuals, especially trying to decipher the Russian argot.
     
  16. Joe_Cool

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    Princess Bride was almost verbatim from the book. I've read it and seen the movie both multiple times, and they're almost identical.
     
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    The Green Mile comes very close to the book(s)
     
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    Both were based on short stories, but adapted into movies quite well...

    Shawshank Redemption
    Stand By Me
     
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    Can't think of any off the top of my head, I generally prefer the books.
     
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    Couldnt think of one movie that was better than the book. The only one that was close was Lord of the rings The Two Towers, it was the exact replica of the book
     
  21. Joe_Cool

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    :rofl: That's actually the one that was the least like the book it was based on. It was a good movie, but not a whole lot like the book.
     
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    I only just recently started reading for fun. I used to dispise reading, but my wife got me a few books & i've read a couple things. I cant really say i've read any books that were also movies, but i'll let you know as soon as the Davini Code comes out.
     
  23. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I think I enjoyed the movie more than the novella. And I read it before it was made into a film.

    The best thing about the movie was casting Kiefer Sutherland as Ace Merrill. He was perfect for the role - he IS Ace.
     
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    Yeah, what is it about Stephen King and his books being adapted so well into movies? Personally, I'm worried about Memoirs of a Geisha coming out - they'll probably shred that to pieces in Hollywood.

    One book adaptation I can't wait for, though, is Narnia. Now THAT's gonna be good.
     
  25. nozoki

    nozoki Hail to the king, baby.

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    That's the movie I was going to say. The book was soooo stupid.
     

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