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« Reply #825 on: February 10, 2011, 09:36:27 AM »

I am exactly the kind of person who goes to a movie and says "Wasn't as good as the book". I am sorry.

Gotta say, my personal theory is that whichever came first is always better.  Book made into a movie?  Book's better.  Movie given a novelization?  Movie's better.  I've never found an exception.

Not even The Princess Bride, which is an awesome movie.  The book came first, and it's even better.

Honestly, Sin City the movie is better than Sin City the comic book. The only exception is That Yellow Bastard, because comics can be more violent than movies without having some crazy rating that scares parents away.

I took out some biographies of the number zero from the BPL. Haven't started yet, but will this weekend. My favorite part so far is from the index of one of the books. This is the entry:

Winston Churchill, proof that he is a carrot

EDIT: Note to self, zero is not a letter.
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« Reply #826 on: February 10, 2011, 09:41:49 AM »

What are some books or stories where the movie is better?
Two that I can think of off the bat are Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me. Those were excellent films, and it's an odd coincidence that they're both from a collection of stephen king short stories.
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« Reply #827 on: February 10, 2011, 12:29:04 PM »

I'm actually having a difficult time thinking of movies right now but a few that pop in my mind are some of the movies based on Elmore Leonard's books. I'm thinking of say, Get Shorty, and Be Cool. My favorite would be Rum Punch which Tarantino turned into Jackie Brown. There are so many more too that I haven't seen but I hear were good, like 3:10 to Yuma, and I know the new show Justified is from him.

If it counts...Apocalypse Now. I wouldn't count it though, heh.

Oh, though I've never read the book I can't help but think that The Godfather movies are better. But this is just a guess until I actually sit down and read the book.
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« Reply #828 on: February 10, 2011, 01:06:14 PM »

Well, you know - Stephen King movies have their own special sub-set of rules. :)  Namely, if he writes the movie, it'll stink.  If someone else does, it'll be good.  It's been long enough since I read either Shawshank or Stand By Me that I can't remember if I liked them more than the books or not.

I recently saw a quote from him... wish I could find a link to the exact wording.  Anyway, after she was introduced to Stephen King, a lady said something like "Oh, I don't like your books.  Why don't you write uplifting things, like that Shawshank Redemption?"  He was, predictably, unable to convince her that he wrote it. :)
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« Reply #829 on: February 10, 2011, 01:43:13 PM »

Well, you know - Stephen King movies have their own special sub-set of rules. :)  Namely, if he writes the movie, it'll stink.  If someone else does, it'll be good.

This is a lie. The worst movie I've ever seen (ever) is a Stephen King movie written by someone else. It is called Dreamcatcher. And it is awful. And it was (co-)written by William Goldman, believe it or not.
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« Reply #830 on: February 10, 2011, 03:15:55 PM »

That. Never. Happened.  At least not in my world.


Actually, I have to say, that book wasn't much good either.  But still, William Goldman!  If it's true that "nobody bats 100%" (that saying really doesn't work if you write it down), that's the movie where Goldman made a wild swing, tripped, got hit in the head by the ball, and smacked the umpire with his bat. :(
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« Reply #831 on: February 10, 2011, 03:23:14 PM »

That. Never. Happened.  At least not in my world.


Actually, I have to say, that book wasn't much good either.  But still, William Goldman!  If it's true that "nobody bats 100%" (that saying really doesn't work if you write it down), that's the movie where Goldman made a wild swing, tripped, got hit in the head by the ball, and smacked the umpire with his bat. :(

I KNOW! It's like..."Butch Cassidy, The Princess Bride, Misery...Dreamcatcher?" How does that even happen?
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« Reply #832 on: February 10, 2011, 03:38:17 PM »

I tried to name my sister "Misery" but my mum wouldn't allow it
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« Reply #833 on: February 10, 2011, 05:26:41 PM »

If Frank Darabont is involved in the Stephen King movie, then it'll be good.  Otherwise, it could go either way.  And, yes, Dreamcatcher was abysmal.
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« Reply #834 on: February 10, 2011, 06:00:08 PM »

I tried to name my sister "Misery" but my mum wouldn't allow it

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« Reply #835 on: February 11, 2011, 07:53:38 AM »

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« Reply #836 on: February 11, 2011, 08:14:57 PM »

Anyone here try out Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Jane Slayre, etc?
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« Reply #837 on: February 13, 2011, 02:02:49 PM »

I finished Genesis of Shannara book 1.  I'm on book 2 now.
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« Reply #838 on: February 16, 2011, 08:23:28 PM »

Just heard about this today - it's a Russian book telling The Lord of the Rings from Mordor's point of view. :)

An article talking about the book:
http://www.salon.com/books/laura_miller/2011/02/15/last_ringbearer/index.html

Here's where it was posted for download, as mentioned in the article:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/a75r7u
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« Reply #839 on: February 16, 2011, 10:42:07 PM »

That is cool, and made even more interesting because it's a new voice and not Chris Tolien
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