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10/2/10 3:11 P

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My latest find is a great adaptation of Sarah Waters book Fingersmith (filmed under the same name).

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9/8/10 3:26 P

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Three that spring to mind are :

Jean de Florette by Pagnol
Madame Bovary ( French film with Isabelle Huppert )

He knew he was right by Trollope and starring Bill Nighy

' Oh my God am I here all alone ?, and you know something is happening but you don't know what it is, do you Mr Jones ? ............ Ballad of a Thin Man, Bob Dylan.

'The hardest ones to love are the ones that need it most ' ........Papa Roach

'When choosing between 2 evils, I always chose the one I haven't tried before '.....Mae West




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9/1/10 12:44 P

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I liked "Martin Chuzzlewit", BBC's adaptation starring Paul Scofield and a host of excellent British actors playing Dicken's unforgettable characters. This one stands the test of multiple enjoyable viewings.

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8/21/10 5:06 P

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I agree, movies often don't measure up but I keep in mind they are different and should be measured by their medium. I think science fiction translates really well on screen. I prefer a lot of distance between reads and film. The exception is Roots.

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8/21/10 5:03 P

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The Girl With The Dragon Tatoo is really good. I have friends who read all the books. I hope, too.

I love the movie adaptation of The Constant Gardner.

Roots was the first book I read first that was made into a mini-series. I was 14 at the time. Had a profound impact on me.

I enjoyed to Kill A Mockingbird the film, but I prefer the book.

Push was controversial and I had problems with the movie which I will say was better than I expected.

Lovely Bones was done well. I was happier with how the film ended versus the book. The book fell apart towards the end for me.

I've read Small Island by Andrea Levy. I'd love to see the movie adaptation.

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8/20/10 7:25 P

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I love to read and I love to watch movies. If I read a good book then I want to see the movie knowing that it will probably not be as good. I've learned to separate the books and the movies and appreciate what each has to offer. A recent example for me is the Twilight series. Although I have enjoyed the movies I thoroughly enjoyed the books even more.

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8/13/10 5:24 P

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"Everything is Illuminated," "Gone Baby Gone," the first two Godfather films (BETTER than the book!), the really long BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice" (with Colin Firth as Darcy), and "In Her Shoes," which to me was mainly a chick-lit novel made into a rather beautiful little movie. Oh yes, and "An Education."

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8/10/10 8:02 P

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"The Notebook", "The English Patient", "A River Runs Through It", "The Green Mile", "Shawshank Redemption" and "Memento" were all books I read before seeing the movie and they were beautifully done and for the most part were on par with the books.

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8/9/10 3:53 P

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I just watched THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTO, I am probably one of the few people who had not read the book! The movie made me want to read the book,NOW. I will be getting it and the others written by the author. That was a switch, I normaly don't watch movies of books I have read, because I am mostly disapointed. My husband is not a reader and not a movie buff but, he loved the movie. Now when I read the books, I will be able to talk about it and he will have a clue what I am talking about.

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8/5/10 12:32 P

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It is difficult to compare the two as cinema is a very different medium - you cannot just film a book - you have to make it cinematic! I love movies - old movies are my thing.

David Lean filmed Great Expectations and Oliver Twist - and although I wouldn't say that his films are better than the novels - he did create two very striking movies which really GOT what Dickens was on about!

Not quite a movie - but a television play from the 1960s - Up The Junction by Ken Loach, really, really captured the Nell Dunn novel - and although I loved the novel, the play really brought it to life and far more real than the novel. Ken Loach did the same for Kes. Grim stuff - very realistic.

It takes a great film maker to make a great film - just filming a great novel or a great play isn't enough. It has to be brought to life by someone with vision and an understanding of the text. Of course producers who put up the money want wide appeal and so the rough edges or controversy are toned down, so as not to offend so many people, and big stars are drawn in not because they are the best actor for the role (sometimes they may be), but because of their box office draw.

Money over art in most cases. However, there are movies - not mainstream movies of course - which are wonderful adaptations of novels. Which brings me to one of my favourite movies and a great short story. Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. Luchino Victonti created something very special with his movie which expresses not only the yearning of an aging man for the pure beauty of a boy - but the decay of Venice and the class system... a world before the Great War tore everything up...

I could go on and on...

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8/5/10 12:14 A

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My mom taught me never to see a movie based on a book I love. Isn't that funny. I'd have to say that the movie is usually a disappointment. Still two movies that get a lot across, in my opinion, are "The Color Purple" (in this one novel, I think Alice Walker makes a major contribution to American literature) and "Fried Green Tomatoes". Both movies soft peddle the protagonists lesbianism (which is very clear in the text) but I think the message - a sort of transcendence comes across in both movies.

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8/4/10 10:41 A

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I'd read A TIME TO KILL and it blew me away. When the movie version came out, I couldn't complain. It had me as intrigued as the book.

Most movies based on books aren't as lucky. If I read the book, I almost always judge how close it is to the text.

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I tend to prefer reading over watching movies, but sometimes a movie version of a book comes out...and it's amazing. Sometimes, it's even better than the book!

Do any movies fall into this category for you? Do share! emoticon

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