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Best book to movie adaptations

Tymoney19
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This thread was inspired by World War z. which is one of my favorite books but im sure it was butchered because most of the characters are missing and Brad Pitts character isnt even in the book smh.

The best book to movie adaptations imo are:
the shawshank redemption
the godfather
fight club
life of pi
Forrest gump
casino
lord of the rings
shutter island

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  • dogfromduckhunt
    dogfromduckhunt Members Posts: 694 ✭✭✭✭
    Misery
  • lamontbdc
    lamontbdc 16th & UMembers Posts: 18,824 ✭✭✭✭✭
    A time to 🤬
  • reapin505
    reapin505 Gundams and history. I have nothing else to offer an asteroid rushing to the sunMembers Posts: 4,009 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lord of the Rings. Jackson took some liberties but that 🤬 was damn near perfect
  • CeLLaR-DooR
    CeLLaR-DooR Members Posts: 18,880 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The last 5 Harry Potters were dope.

    Shawshank Redemption is probably the GOAT modern Hollywood

    Forrest Gump is dope

  • stoneface
    stoneface Members Posts: 2,491 ✭✭✭✭
    No Country for Old Men is the 🤬 .
  • stoneface
    stoneface Members Posts: 2,491 ✭✭✭✭
    Let the Right one In and the Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (both Swedish and American versions) are great, too.
  • jono
    jono Right fist = power, left fist = unity Members Posts: 30,280 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Color Purple
  • CeLLaR-DooR
    CeLLaR-DooR Members Posts: 18,880 ✭✭✭✭✭
    jono wrote: »
    The Color Purple

    Book is trash and the film is worse
  • Maximus Rex
    Maximus Rex Pulchritudo in Conspectu Regis The EmpreyanMembers Posts: 6,355 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2013
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    The movie was cool, but as far taking a book and LITREALLY taking the words and putting them to a visual medium, (out of the book-to-movie adaptions, I've seen) nobody has done it better than Mel Gibson did The Passion of the Christ

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    Basically the only thing that was changed in this was Paulie's and Jimmy's surnames. I in the movie Paulie's last name is Cierco, Tommy's last name is DeVito, and Jimmy's is Conway. Their real names are Vario, DeSimone, and Burke. Scorsese didn't change the names of to protect the families of the mobsters, but rather he (or the film company didn't want to pay the families for the use of their names in the pay. I guess there would have been ethical issues with paying people for showing the crimes their family members did.

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    Screenwriters and directors need to read, watch, then study Gone with the Wind to figure out how to successfully make changes to the source material without 🤬 up the movie. Out of all of the movies that I've seen that made drastic changes to the source material, Gone with the Wind is the best one by far. In the book, Scarlett had three kids by each of her husbands. In the movie, she only had Bonnie with Rhett. Margart Mitchell, stressed how Scarlett had green eyes, Vivian Leigh had obviously had blue eyes. The book talked about how Rhett was partners with Belle Watley in owning a hoehouse, the movie just "insinuated," that he spent time there. A big part of the book was how it was "very unlady," like for Scarlett to own the mill, the book played it down. The movie changed why Rhett was in jail, in the movie it was for smuggling contraband, in the book he was looked up for as he put it, "Shooting a 🤬 ." Vivian Leigh was the only person in the movie with a Southern accent, and the biggest change from the book to the movie is the book isn't about Scarlett and Rhett, as a matter of fact, Rhett just pops up a fews times during the book and really doesn't really start to be seen until the last two hundred pages of a nine hundred plus page book. For all intents and purposes Rhett just pops in and out of Scarlett's over a ten year period, until they get married. If anything, the book is about Scarlett's and Mellie's relationship. To make such drastic changes and still be able to retain the intergrity of source material is a testament to the skill of the screenwriters, because what they is damn near impossible, that the source material, change it, and still have a dope version of the story.
  • Maximus Rex
    Maximus Rex Pulchritudo in Conspectu Regis The EmpreyanMembers Posts: 6,355 ✭✭✭✭✭
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    And of course the GOAT book-to-movie adaption is coincidentally the GOAT movie of all time. Coppola gets props in taking non-essential secondary storylines in the novel and as with the Gone with the Wind maintaing the integrity of the source material, for example, Johnny Fontaine is a big part of the novel. The book talks about how after they left the stallion's head in butt hurt simpin' and trickin' director's bed, how he got the part in the movie and due to the Don's connections and maneuvering, he went on the win an Oscar. Also the book talks about the chick Sonny was smashing in the bathroom. Babygril was in love with Sonny because (no 🤬 ) he was on the 🤬 that could satisfy her, apparently she had a big snatch and she got with this doctor dude who made her 🤬 tighter. Puzo also goes into the Don's early days, how he came up and Met Clemenza, how Luca Bazi got a 🤬 pregnant and threw the newborn baby in the furance, and that 🤬 dressed up as cop who popped Brazini on the courthouse steps had little back story also.

    The only thing that Coppola left out of the movie that was in the book was when after Michael was on the run in Sicily after he bodied Sollazzo and McClusky. It never made sense to me that after murking a police captain that the 🤬 gets a call from Sonny, talking about it's cool to come home. The book explains that Corleones arranged for somebody else to take the case. The Godfather is the standard by which I judge all other book-to-movie adaptions, even comic-to-movie adaptions. The Godfather shows it is possible to bring a book to film intact and not change the characters and storylines to make them something unrecognizable.


  • Maximus Rex
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    Top 10 Book To Film Adaptations
    http://watchmojo.com/video/id/11757/

    Books can make great movies. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our top 10 favorite book to film adaptations.

    Just to keep everyone on the same page, we’re not basing this list on box office and rewards so much as the adaptations we feel enhanced, respected and expanded on the source material, while translating brilliantly on the big screen.


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    #10- The Shining (1980)

    Busting down the door and taking the first swing at our countdown is Stanley Kubrick’s psychological horror adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 novel. You probably know the story, an author and his family play caretaker for to a haunted hotel, where the author eventually loses his mind and his son discovers his own psychic abilities. While the film may not have been a faithful recreation of the ghost story elements found in the book, it remains the king of psychological horror.

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    #9- Misery (1990)

    Next up is the thriller directed by Rob Reiner, which also took its narrative from the work of Stephen King. Like the Shining, this one is elevated by unforgettable performances. Specifically, James Caan as the captive author, and Cathy Bates’ terrifying portrayal as the psychotic and murderous Annie. The atmosphere and manipulation is unforgettable, and no modern special effect could have duplicated or enhanced it.

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    #8- The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

    Based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel, which was a sequel to his ’81 novel “Red Dragon”. Regardless, the film started on book two and gave us an unforgettable study into the mind of a least one, if not two serial killers. Of course, Jodie Foster’s role as the inexperienced cadet put us on equally shaking footing with her, while Anthony Hopkins’s portrayal of the educated, sophisticated and cannibalistic killer was a bit of a feast for the eyes.

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    #7- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Okay, we swear we’re not doing this on purpose, but are you in the mood for another Stephen King tale? Relax, this is one is different, as it’s a drama based on the 1982 novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”. Perhaps the best prison film ever, it captures an immense amount of sensitivity and emotional impact, with Tim Robbins delivering as the innocent who spends two decades locked up for the death of his wife, while Morgan Freeman provided the heart by being Morgan Freeman.

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    #6- Jurassic Park (1993)

    This 1990 novel by Michael Crichton took some pretty daunting subject matter, namely a dinosaur amusement park disaster, and managed to make us feel like we were actually there. Under Steven Spielberg’s pitch perfect direction, it brought us the spectacular man vs. nature story, while packing in the thrills and becoming the quintessential dinosaur movie.

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    #5- The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Okay fine, the Ruby Slippers were added by MGM, and it played it loose with elements from the various installments of L. Frank Baum’s series, including toning down the violence and focusing on singing. That said, it’s the film that took countless moviegoers out of dreary monotone and into Technicolor for the first time. As a fantasy that brought a whole new world to life, it also has aged startlingly well for a 70-year-old film.

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    #4- To 🤬 A Mockingbird (1962)

    Based on the novel of the same name by Harper Lee, no classroom lecture about racism and prejudice in the American south would be complete without this classic. Gregory Peck stars as Atticus Finch, the heroic lawyer who stands for fair treatment and equality. A brave film based on a brave novel, especially considering it was released 6 years before the death of Martin Luther King, it’s a carries a poignant lesson about the consequences of our misconceptions.

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    #3- Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

    It’s tough to find a boy or girl who hasn’t been completely enchanted with this film series. With so many fans growing up alongside J.K. Rowling’s beloved characters, the magical series translated almost seamlessly from hardcover sensation to blockbuster mega franchise. Fantasy films like this were not possible not all that long ago, and the dedicated cast ensured that audiences were just as glued to their seats as they were to the pages.

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    #2- Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)

    This is the film trilogy that no one ever believed could be made. Based on the beloved fantasy works of J.R.R Tolkien, this series went on to receive 11 Academy Awards and an orcs share of the box office. If you ask us, its rightfully deserved as Peter Jackson managed to not only interpret and translate the deep narrative and world, but did so by pioneering all new technical advances. Taking the strong lore and weaving it into pitch perfect pacing, the trilogy kept audiences rapt all the way to mount doom and through the numerous endings.

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    #1- The Godfather (1972)

    Taking the top spot on our list is the adaptation of Mario Puzo’s multi-generational crime saga, which is considered one of the greatest films, let alone mafia films ever made. Although some may consider it a bit slow by today’s standards, it is hailed to this day as a seminal masterpiece of filmmaking. This is a rare case when an actor with cotton 🤬 in his cheeks, A.K.A Marlon Brando, has managed to enhance and transcended the source material and give it a mythical appeal and peerless depth.

    Agree with our list? With countless book adaptations, we’re sure your list is radically different. Which ones lived up to your expectations? For more riveting top 10s, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
  • Qiv_Owan
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    edited May 2016
    The Green Mile
    A Clockwork Orange
  • yahwehprofet
    yahwehprofet Members Posts: 976 ✭✭✭✭
    Only book that I've actually read...
    Literally the entire movie is JUST the book of John narrated and brought to life


    Full movie: gospel of John


  • Idiopathic Joker
    Idiopathic Joker PISTOL GRIP PUMP IN MY LAP AT ALL TIMES Working On My LowriderMembers, Moderators Posts: 45,690 Regulator
    I wouldn't say The Godfather. Don't get me wrong, the movie is my favorite film of all time, I love the movie. But after reading the book, man the scenes that they left out the film would have made it 1000% better.
  • Maximus Rex
    Maximus Rex Pulchritudo in Conspectu Regis The EmpreyanMembers Posts: 6,355 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wouldn't say The Godfather. Don't get me wrong, the movie is my favorite film of all time, I love the movie. But after reading the book, man the scenes that they left out the film would have made it 1000% better.

    Not it wouldn't. We didn't need the Luca Brasi, Johnny Fontaine, the 🤬 family who took cases for people, Neri's and ole girl with the stretch out 🤬 back stories. The only thing from the book that needed a little bit more of an explanation is how Michael pops two people in public, (one being a police captain,) and he just gets a call from Tom talm 'bout it's cool to come home.
  • _Lefty
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    Wiseguy: Goodfellas.

  • Dupac
    Dupac Retired PurgatoryMembers, Writer Posts: 68,365 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Fight club book was so weird and off, I'm still amazed they got such a good movie out of it.... That's the one case where ii like the movie better then they book,.

    Godfather the movie perfectly described some of the best parts of the book. There was a lot more in the book, but by watching the movie first, reading the book was literally like watching the directors cut of the film. They are both perfectly synced.

    Interview with a vampire remains one of my favorite movies, and the vampire chronicles remain my favorite book series. They did a great job.
  • Idiopathic Joker
    Idiopathic Joker PISTOL GRIP PUMP IN MY LAP AT ALL TIMES Working On My LowriderMembers, Moderators Posts: 45,690 Regulator
    edited May 2016
    I wouldn't say The Godfather. Don't get me wrong, the movie is my favorite film of all time, I love the movie. But after reading the book, man the scenes that they left out the film would have made it 1000% better.

    Not it wouldn't. We didn't need the Luca Brasi, Johnny Fontaine, the 🤬 family who took cases for people, Neri's and ole girl with the stretch out 🤬 back stories. The only thing from the book that needed a little bit more of an explanation is how Michael pops two people in public, (one being a police captain,) and he just gets a call from Tom talm 'bout it's cool to come home.

    What you mean, all of that would have been great. Give me Brasi making a nanny throw a baby into a furnace, give me scenes with the family that handles the 🤬 work of the five families, the negotiators. Give us Vegas with Freddy becoming a big shot and big 🤬 lady with her doctor boyfriend who also rejuvenates Johnny Fontaine's career. Give us Johnny and his friend Nino becoming huge Hollywood stars, but Nino rejecting that lifestyle. Also give us the end of the book where Tom Hagan explains the actions of Michael Corleone to his wife, telling her he'd 🤬 him if he found out he told Kay Michael's motives, then Kay and Mama Corleone in church praying for the souls of their husbands.
  • Broddie
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    edited May 2016
    I wouldn't say The Godfather. Don't get me wrong, the movie is my favorite film of all time, I love the movie. But after reading the book, man the scenes that they left out the film would have made it 1000% better.

    The funny thing is most people who have read that book agree that it's average as 🤬 "dimestore novel" material that was greatly improved upon by it's excellent film adaptation. Same with Jaws.
  • Mr_Vicodin81G
    Mr_Vicodin81G Eating pain pills for breakfast Walgreens Pharmacy Members Posts: 2,923 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I wouldn't say The Godfather. Don't get me wrong, the movie is my favorite film of all time, I love the movie. But after reading the book, man the scenes that they left out the film would have made it 1000% better.
    One of my favorite movies no doubt but the book was just so much better. And like you said they left out hella scenes 2.
  • Mr_Vicodin81G
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    I started 2 read Carrie by Stephen King yesterday. It's pretty good so far. They actually go in more depth of how Carrie got her telekinesis powers. Only 200 pages so I should be done with it in a few days.
  • Idiopathic Joker
    Idiopathic Joker PISTOL GRIP PUMP IN MY LAP AT ALL TIMES Working On My LowriderMembers, Moderators Posts: 45,690 Regulator
    Broddie wrote: »
    I wouldn't say The Godfather. Don't get me wrong, the movie is my favorite film of all time, I love the movie. But after reading the book, man the scenes that they left out the film would have made it 1000% better.

    The funny thing is most people who have read that book agree that it's average as 🤬 "dimestore novel" material that was greatly improved upon by it's excellent film adaptation. Same with Jaws.

    Those people are 🤬
  • matches malone
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    edited May 2016
    idk, I love the godfather book. they expanded on the cast so much better, like Luca Brazi, and Michael's right hand bodyguard (his own Luca). They were some 🤬 ruthless ass 🤬 .
  • AP21
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    edited May 2016
    i thought the film adaptation of "the road" was pretty good

    really captured the relationship b/t the father and his son and their quest for survival
  • matches malone
    matches malone These neeghas have no respect for me. Members Posts: 3,067 ✭✭✭✭✭
    still havent seen the road but the book is one of my favorites
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