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Old 02-09-2003, 19:00   #1
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Wink What movies are WORSE than their Books?

I only tend to read the books of films I really want to see so here are some of the worse translations IMO

The Two Towers - Even though I still like this film after reading the book they have spoiled several areas and characters. Plus the first film was such a good book translation I was expecting/hoping for more than was delievered.

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets - Same here as The Two Towers really, the first book was a direct copy of the book - improving the film in many ways, however the second book spoilt several key scenes which would of been better if they got them right!

The jury is waiting for the Return of the King but after hearing that the scouring of the shire will not be included i'm slightly sceptical but hopefully it will be enjoyable.
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Another vote for The Two Towers. It seems that all Jackson was interested in was the Helm's Deep battle, and the whole second half of the book and the characters of Treebeard and Faramir went right out of the window.
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Old 02-09-2003, 19:09   #3
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Another vote for The Two Towers. It seems that all Jackson was interested in was the Helm's Deep battle, and the whole second half of the book and the characters of Treebeard and Faramir went right out of the window.
Correct , there was some good additions though but also some bad one's including all the slushy stuff with aragorn and liv tyler.

Anyway back on topic (must not go into another two towers debate )
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why not?? too many things changed from the book for it too be better than it. I did enjoy the film, but some of changes were just baffling, particulalry stuff like Faramir's character
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Any of the Tom Clancy adaptions with the exception of The Hunt for Red October. I accept that sometimes you have to cut bits of a book to fit the timeslot, but in some of them, large chuncks are changed or central characters killled off
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on TTT, you can see Peter Jackson saying there will be a load of stuff about Sean Bean's and his Brother and Father going back in the EE. ans stuff with Liv tyler and Viggo.
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on TTT, you can see Peter Jackson saying there will be a load of stuff about Sean Bean's and his Brother and Father going back in the EE. ans stuff with Liv tyler and Viggo.
unfortunately neither of those will improve it, theres already far too much liv/viggo stuff and the only good thing about the faramir/boromir stuff is it might go some way to explaining why the dramatic character change.
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The Sum Of All Fears -
The book had far more tension that the film, or it had tension to be exact.
Didn't have Ben Affleck, but his character, Jack, as he should have been + wife and child.
The President wasn't at the Superbowl, but instead some of his senior staff were and this led to far more problems regarding the situation as he had no advisors as such.
It was mainly Arabs who dealt with the bomb rather than Nazis.
A lot of submarine warfare in the book which was cut completely from the movie.
Tank battle in Berlin instead of the aircraft carrier.
The ending reflected the different terrorist group, so was completely different.
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I don't read many books, but I do distinctly remember enjoying the book of The Beach far more than the movie!
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I decided to read the book first after a recommendation. Easily the best part of it was
OK, so it would've been nearly impossible for this to have been done on film, but it certainly made the film worse for it.
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American Psycho, although saying that it would have been impossible for the book to have been made into movie as it would not have got past the censors.

I guess the film was as good as it could have been, considering the graphic detail the book went into.
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The Eagle Has Landed - old book and old film, but good book and stupid film.

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P.S. I find most films are not as good as the books they are based on.

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Bonfire of the Vanities is weirdly fascinating for those interested in how to cock an adaptation up on pretty much every level from casting onwards (it's essential to the satirical point that the book's making that the journalist is English and the Bronx judge is Jewish, which is presumably why Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman got the parts).

On the other hand, the film spawned a great book of its own - Julie Salamon's The Devil's Candy, one of the best fly-on-the-wall accounts of making a film that I've ever read (and all credit to Brian De Palma for continuing to co-operate with her even when it became obvious that she wasn't writing the uncritical promotional tie-in that Warner Bros clearly wanted!)
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Rebecca - why oh why did Hitchcock change so much - including the ending? That is what makes the book what it is and he changed it. He also changed the whole order of events leading up to the climax. It's a good 'stand alone' film, but not as a representation of the book.

On the beach.

Angela's Ashes - again, so much changed. Silly things like there was a lot of description in the book of his aunt being a big fiery redhead - in the film she was a small mousy character. Why? I know there has to be a certain amount of change so the director can add their mark on the film, but not things such as this.

There are probably loads more, but I can't think of any at the moment
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