Books vs. Movies

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Lynnde
Posted at: Mar 18, 2008 at 8:20 PM 
Arthur C. Clarke (the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey) died today. Or died tomorrow, depending on how you look at it. (He lived in Sri Lanka, so it was already March 19 when he died.) Sylvan Sylph seems to be under the impression that that will make his writing better. Something about books by dead authors being better. :)

Sylvan Sylph
Posted at: Mar 18, 2008 at 8:52 PM 
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Sylvan Sylph seems to be under the impression that that will make his writing better. Something about books by dead authors being better. :)

Disclaimer: I just want to point at that this was said somewhat facetiously. I think someone is trying to make me look silly. :) I was commenting on the fact that I hadn't yet read his books, and what I intended to point out was that people often seem to perceive author's works more positively after their death. I can't actually comment on the quality of Arthur C. Clarke's works, having never read any of them. I really don't like to base my opinions of books on movies made from them (though I will admit the movie has tainted my desire to read the books.)

What is it about people being dead that suddenly makes people value the things they did more than when they were alive?

Josiah T.
Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 3:33 AM 
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Sylvan Sylph seems to be under the impression that that will make his writing better. Something about books by dead authors being better. :)

LOL!!!

Mathax
Posted at: Mar 19, 2008 at 3:58 AM 
*Shakes his head*

Sylvan Sylph
Posted at: Mar 31, 2008 at 6:15 PM 
We've discussed books that have been made into movies already, and what we think of them. On a related note, are there any books you think would make good movies if done right?

I personally would like to see The Song of Albion trilogy by Stephen Lawhead as movies, though they would need some editing to work as movies.

Also, I started reading a series recently by Dorothy Gilman, about a Mrs. Pollifax, which I find highly entertaining. I think they would make great action/comedy movies. With the correct director and actors they would potentially be quite funny.

mvr_moorthy
Posted at: Apr 1, 2008 at 12:52 AM 
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Dumas is interesting, because the stuff he wrote is really not well suited to turning into movies...which you can tell by reading his books (Three Musketeers, Man In The Iron Mask, Count Of Monte Cristo) and then watching the movies.
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" Three Musketeers" has an excellent plot and the character sets are suited to be made into a perfect historical adventure . Two versions of the movie are disappointing, but the novel as such is pacy and gripping.

Douglas
Posted at: Apr 1, 2008 at 3:16 AM 
I wouldn't want you to think I was saying Dumas isn't good, just because his stories aren't well suited to turning into movies. I've read just about anything I can by Dumas, and have enjoyed them. But I don't think that means they're well suited for movie making.

If anything, they might be well suited to a television series (after all, they were written as serials anyway), but not the two hour format that is pushed by all the studios.

One of my all time favorite books, Ender's Game has been stuck in a pre-production nightmare for nearly a decade because no one (including the author himself) is comfortable with their ability to turn the story into a screenplay that will work as a movie. I think the author has written, and then scrapped, two - maybe three - versions of a screenplay, and freely admits that, in order to turn it into a movie, the screenplay will have to have some major deviations from the book.

It's just the nature of trying to squeeze one media format into another - vastly different - format.

Mathax
Posted at: May 30, 2008 at 3:23 PM 
The movie Prince Caspian had pretty much the same ending as the book but how they got there was WAY different. I don't think that Caspian Attack the castle. Mriaz's army used catapults. The tactics were different but I thought that the tactics used to fight Mriaz's army where better than the books.
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