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  • Books as films

    Someone once said that only "bad" books seem to make good movies. Comments?
    " Life is high school with money. " Frank Zappa

  • #2
    Re: Books as films

    No. Fight Club. To Kill a Mockingbird. how many others?

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    • #3
      Re: Books as films

      Also, no.

      Slaughterhouse-Five

      Catch 22

      2001: A Space Odyssey

      The Maltese Falcon

      A Clockwork Orange

      Frankenstein

      lefty

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      • #4
        Re: Books as films

        Good points--that puts the lie to that bit of supposed wisdom.

        OK--how about a twist: it's (fairly) easy to make great films out of "bad"( trashy, pulp ) novels? Literary critics perceived "The Godfather" as disposable literature but look what Coppola did to it filmically - GF1 &/or GF2 are probably on most film critics' top ten lists.
        " Life is high school with money. " Frank Zappa

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        • #5
          Re: Books as films

          Lolita might be my favorite book to film adaptation. Both the novel and film are fantastic.

          As to your pulp question, I think pulp crime fiction makes for some very entertaining movies, because they're usually strong on story ... Elmore Leonard's novels will never win literary awards, but they're damn fun movies when done right (Out of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown).
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          • #6
            Re: Books as films

            Lord of the Rings
            The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe



            LOCK IT(tm)!

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            • #7
              Re: Books as films

              As good as the first version of Lolita is, it really is an untranslatable book to the screen, being that it's essentially all about language. Above all, Nabokov made sure that every word, every syllable even, was mean to be read, and that particular novel is, in a way more than his others, about one man expressing his passion and his tragedy through the one thing he has full mastery over--language.

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              • #8
                Re: Books as films

                Come on, Age of Innocene by Scorcese. Or is that still a crappy book?

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                • #9
                  Re: Books as films

                  How about Joe Losey's "The Go-Between", based on the novel of the same name by L.P. Hartley. A fine novel; an excellent film.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Books as films

                    "I hope you will love your baby. I hope it will be a boy."

                    Two of the most powerful sentences, in context, I've ever read.

                    And yet, if you're not paying attention when you read the Foreword...

                    Heh.

                    I love Lolita.
                    I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Books as films

                      LA Confidential
                      The Shootist
                      Deliverance
                      Shane
                      The Searchers

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