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Writer's Block: Book based

Is there a book you really loved that was subsequently turned into a movie? Did it live up to your expectations? Why or why not?

I think the only books I've read before I saw the movie were the Lord of the Rings (the movie version sucked compared to the books, in my opinion), Watership Down (the movie was OK but the book was way better) and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H. (the movie was quite good, though very different from the book.  The sequels (books and movie) sucked donkey dongs, and not in the good way). 

I saw the BBC versions of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Silver Chair first, then read the Narnia series, then saw the recent movies.  The BBC production was quite good, but I actively disliked the movies.

There have been quite a few movies that I've seen first and then later read the book.  The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland were much better as books.  The Last Unicorn was excellent in both movie and book form, but that's to be expected since Peter S. Beagle wrote both.  I enjoyed The Last Mimzy a lot more than I did the story it was based on, "Mimsy Were the Borogroves".


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Apr. 28th, 2010 10:24 am (UTC)
The Jungle Book and Alice in Wonderland were much better as books

We were just talking about Alice at work on Tuesday. Some book group chose Alice in Wonderland because the movie was out: lady admitted that not a single person in the group read the book because the style it was written in was too difficult to read. jeez.
Apr. 28th, 2010 11:14 am (UTC)
I liked the Narnia movies. Much of it was like how I pictured it in my head.
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