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Old 14-08-2007, 08:30   #21
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I'd read 'I Am Legend' before the film ****** all over any expectations you could have about it. I swear, they've (at least they look like they have - hedging my bets there) screwed up what could have been one of the best 'last man' type films ever (that honour probably rests firmly with 'The Quiet Earth', imo.)
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Old 14-08-2007, 10:22   #22
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Well I've had Northern Lights sat on my shelf for a couple of years but I've never gotten round to reading it. The other day I watched that 3-4 minute preview of The Golden Compass and immediately picked up the book afterwards and started reading
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Old 14-08-2007, 11:19   #23
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Was it the "dog" part? I was quite emotional at that part too, hit me like a brick.
Lol! I was gonna say that as well. Choked me up.

Generally, I would watch a film then read the book. In the case of I Am Legend I would read the book and forget the film. From what I've heard so far I doubt very much anyone involved in its making has ever read it!

There was talk recently of doing a sequel too
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Old 14-08-2007, 11:28   #24
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Book first as it will let you imagine your own version, then see someone elses imagining.

See the film first and you'll have that version in your head.

I was surprised when I read Pet Cemetary and how close the film matched watch I imagined.
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Old 14-08-2007, 11:30   #25
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Hmm not sure i put that across correctly. Basically would you read the book first before seeing the film of an eagerly awaited book adaption.

I'm looking forwad to I Am Legend and cant decide if to read the book first or see the film first as I never heard of this story until a few months ago upon reading the info on this new film.

So if i read the book first will it spoil the film for me.
Read the book first! I made the mistake or watching Omega Man before reading the brilliant book I am Legend, and the book was that good, that I hated the fact that i kind of knew what was going to happen - granted there are big differences, I just wish in hindsight I had found out about the book before watching the film and not vice versa!

I would possibly say that I Am Legend is my favourite book, i really is that good.

Plus - the film is a Will Smith movie, so there is no promise he will do that astounding book any justice what so ever....just look at I-Robot!

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If it's a book that I particularly want to read (I have a big pile of books to be read) then I will make a point of reading it before seeing the film. I did that with Notes on a Scandal earlier in the year, so I could for a little while have my own pictures in my head rather than those of Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett.

Next example will be Atonement - been meaning to read it for a few years now. I have until 7 September.
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Old 14-08-2007, 16:59   #27
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I usually read the book first.
Same - I did it for the Potter movies, LOTR and Da Vinci Code... might do it for Interview with the Vampire...
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Was it the "dog" part? I was quite emotional at that part too, hit me like a brick

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I'm wondering about this in relation to Pullman's 'northern lights', I hear the films sound pretty good with Brad Pitt involved, are the books more than Harry Potter style fantasy?I'm told they're pretty dark and good for older readers too
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I Am Legend is one of my favourite books ever.

Read it, and don't worry about the film
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Old 16-08-2007, 21:11   #31
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I'm wondering about this in relation to Pullman's 'northern lights', I hear the films sound pretty good with Brad Pitt involved, are the books more than Harry Potter style fantasy?I'm told they're pretty dark and good for older readers too
Err yeh. I hate Harry Potter. The "His Dark Materials" books are very adult orientated. Very theological, and dark themes indeed... I say read em! There is nothing "kiddy" about em. Grown up fantasy.. really good stuff.
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I'm wondering about this in relation to Pullman's 'northern lights', I hear the films sound pretty good with Brad Pitt involved,
Brad Pitt has nothing to do with them.


Which is just as well because there's no role for him in the book.
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Err yeh. I hate Harry Potter. The "His Dark Materials" books are very adult orientated. Very theological, and dark themes indeed... I say read em! There is nothing "kiddy" about em. Grown up fantasy.. really good stuff.
Agreed here, apart from the 'I hate Harry Potter' part. I would deffo recommend reading the books first. I actually bunked off work to read all three in a park over a few days one summer a few years back BTW, I've just turned 40, so am in no way a child (physically anyway!)
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Brad Pitt has nothing to do with them.


Which is just as well because there's no role for him in the book.
Just what I thought.. I replied first, then went straight to IMDB and had a look. Brad Pitt? No, thank god!
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