Friday, October 23, 2009

From a book to a movie

This week, I saw the movie adaption of Where the Wild Things Are. I always loved that book and it was a fantastic movie. I wondered how they would make a full length feature film out of a 38-page childrens book. They obviously had to take liberties with the story, but I think they did a great job with it.

Some people like to read a book before the movie. Usually I do the opposite. If a movie really moves me, I will seek out the book. My favorite movie adaptation of a book was Big Fish (book by Daniel Wallace). I also really enjoyed the book and movie Martian Child (book by David Gerrold)

Do you prefer to read the book before or after seeing the film?

I have often heard people complain that some movies stray too far from the book. I have heard people complain that a movie left out crucial scenes. And I have heard people complain that certain movies followed the book too closely. We all have opinions. I like it best when one adds something to the other. In Big Fish, the tall tales the father tells are different in the book then the ones in the movie and this adds more to the story.

What are some of the books you think made the best movies?


Jeanne said...

My favorite book to movie has always been Ordinary People by Judith Guest. I actually read the book after seeing the movie and was equally impressed with both book and movie.

LaScorpia said...

To Kill a Mockingbird was a great book AND a great movie. An unique experience.

Gus said...

I've found that the books are generally better than the movies. Stephen King efforts in particular, as well as Tom Clancy and Frederick Forsyth. Maybe it has to do with the genre. Ordinary People was indeed a powerful book, but I felt the the movie was somewhat less so.

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