Thursday, July 12, 2007
1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie?
2. The worst?
3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference? (Personally, all other things being equal, I usually prefer whichever I was introduced to first.)
And, by all means, expand this to as long a list as you like. I’m notoriously awful myself at narrowing down to one favorite ANYTHING. So, feel free to list as many “good” or “bad” movie-from-books as you like. (Heaven knows that’s what I’ll be doing….)
1. Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, and Misery are three Stephen King books that have been excellently made into movies. A lot of books have been translated very well into movies: To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harry Potters, Anne of Green Gables, Bridget Jones' Diary,
2. I tend to avoid the worst; you can usually tell by the trailers. Some King books have been terribly translated: Firestarter and Pet Semetary comes to mind.
And some movies, I'm too scared to see, in case they ruin my book memory: It, The Stand. And I don't know how the movie Cheaper By the Dozen related to the book at all.
3. Sometimes I've read the book after I know the movie is coming out, because "must read book before seeing movie". The book adds so many layers of background that add to the movie experience, but then the characters are already cast and already the book-reading experience has been altered. I know I've seen movies where I appreciate all the other knowledge I have from reading the book. However, good movies will stand on their own and I have seen movies first and then read books and very often I've liked the movie better. But The Princess Bride book and movie are both excellent. It would be one of the few I've seen the movie first.
After seeing movies I've searched out the book, like Devil in a Blue Dress.
And the winner is..... Rob Reiner, best adapted from a book director (The Princess Bride, Misery, Stand By Me)
This was just too hard. I know I've forgotten some really good book/movies. I couldn't seem to think beyond Stephen King books. I didn't even think of any children's books/movies and there are tons of them