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Bookmemes: Oscar edition!

What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?

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oddmonster
Jan. 25th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
It's a tie between NK Jemisin's "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" and Caitlin R. Kiernan's "Silk"

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
Star Trek: Reboot. So far I'm getting along quite happily with all the fanfic, though :D

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
The Phantom (shirtless!Billy Zane version).

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
Virus, by SD Perry
readthisandweep
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
* None!

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
*None!!

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
* It doesn't exist!!! I universally loathe them all!
Death to those who cannot learn that
if it aint' broke, don't fix it.
And if it's a dreadful book, why bother?
(Yes, Catherine Hardwicke [Twilight]
I'm talking about YOU!)

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
* Pass?
seaivy
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
LOL
You beat me to it.
There is no need for me to comment. lol

Except for one thing - The movie Enchanted April is better than the book. The character Caroline is much better developed in the movie.
readthisandweep
Jan. 26th, 2011 08:29 am (UTC)
I love the movie version of Enchanted April but for me, even this film missed some of the essential nuances of the book.

At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, in my view, it's almost impossible to create a movie of real distinction, from a book. Elsewhere, someone has cited a Jane Austin on the Beeb (BBC) & yes, a feast for the eyes.

But... 'modernised' & designed to pander to our perceived inability to 'get' the essence of Austin.

Not that anyone here will care! Lol (again.) The world appears to be swimming in a sea of mediocrity. It's probably me... I am old (Father William) & picky. And protective of my favourite writers..

Although of course, they often agree to the travesties. And that's another topic entirely...
seaivy
Jan. 26th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
There is a Jane Eyre on our TV currently that is truly dreadful. It misses the tone of the story entirely.

I also thought the Kira Knightly Pride and Prejudice was visually true about how a manor actually looked but hopeless as far as Jane Austin's story. The much praised Colin Firth one was also full on inaccuracies.

The truth is movies are NOT books. The way of telling a story is different. Both must be judged by their on value system.
Case in point: How much more dramatic to have Lady de Burgh arrive in the night with all those candle light values than to have that talk take place in a boring copse of trees.
Did it matter that NO lady would travel at night and arrive at that time except in the most dire emergency? Did it matter that that was NOT how Jane created it?

Every movie should have a disclaimer "As inspired by the work of...."
readthisandweep
Jan. 26th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
I'm adding a post script to my comment for the purpose of clarification:

Some movies based on books are great films ~ they are rarely truthful adaptations. This is why questions like this bring out my 'stroppy' side.

And some of the answers here tend to back up my claim. People are talking about film versions which bear no resemblance to the original books whatsoever; & beg the question, if they read the book [s], did they in fact understand them?
anything_can_be
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
I would love to see Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series made into films a la LOTR style. I'm a sucker for epic battle scenes, especially on the big screen.

I would love to see The American President turned in to a book. I just adore the budding relationship between Andrew and Sydney, and would love the opportunity to get into their heads a bit.

Although I see the Harry Potter series being different entities in book and movie form, I still have to go with this as my choice. I've fallen in love with the books and the movies, each for different reasons.

I'm really having a hard time coming up with a list of books to consider. I think that the only books of this nature that I've read are the books from the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies. So, by default...the TNG movie adapataions.
trishtrash
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

I'd really like (though I might be asking for trouble...) to see a remake of Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House. Let's not mention the latest adaptation of 'The Haunting' at all, but even the old B&W version, while classic and, well, haunting, has 60s music scoring. On second thoughts, I'd like to see that exact film in colour and re-scored.

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?

It would be sweet to read Harvey (Jimmy Stewart), although I'm not convinced it isn't a book, already. I'm having trouble with this question because I don't really think of movies/books this way round.

What's your favourite movie adaptation of a book?

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. NOT Manhunter, I've never understood the cult status of that mind-numbing atrocity. But Red Dragon has numerous charms. Including Nekid!Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson stroking tiger balls and slicing pie, and the rolling inferno scene. Marvellous fun!

Less modern: My Fair Lady from George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalian.

What's your favourite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?

Gosh, I'm not sure I've read any... maybe some of the Buffy graphic novels? (should I even admit that?)


Edited at 2011-01-25 05:44 pm (UTC)
oddmonster
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
You should totally admit that.

Also, sadly we can never, ever go to a Blockbuster together. If needed, though, I can cheerfully explain the myriad charms of Manhunter for a great long time, complete with flappy hand motions, references to an episode of CSI and interpretive dance, but I confess I didn't make it to the tiger balls in Red Dragon.

And I loved the new House in Haunted Hill, too, but in my defense I've never seen the original. Which I am hearing you say I should do.

I'll add it to my To Watch list!
trishtrash
Jan. 25th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind the '99 remake of 'The Haunting' as a film, when I first saw it. Not a favourite, but okay. And then I actually read The Haunting of Hill House, and my impression sort of got hammered in retrospect. The older version relies on Eleanor's nerves and the Orchestra of Jangling Doom a bit too much, but otherwise it's absolutely faithful.

We should totally go to Blockbuster together. I love having film fisticuffs discussion time. And if you're going to do another interpretive dance, it should be in public. And I'll listen to you dance about Manhunter if you give Red Dragon another go sometime.
chrryblssmninja
Jan. 29th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
I think I couldn't fully appreciate the '60's version that much because, while the plot was faithful, it clashed with some of my memories of the book, in tone or some other ways. Also, I think the movie tried to emphasize a love triangle involving the doctor.
happy__squirrel
Jan. 25th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I'd be interested to see how they would achieve some of the things in Sabriel by Garth Nix, especially the concept of death as a river.

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
None, novelisations don't really interest me.

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
I love the Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings movies almost as much as I love the books, Battle Royale, Let The Right One In, The Princess Bride and Stardust made great movies too and I'm rather fond of the 1960 version of The Time Machine.

The BBC adaptations of Wives And Daughters, Bleak House, Cranford, Pride And Prejudice and Gormenghast were absolutely fantastic, the recent Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock series was brilliant too and I utterly adore the Sharpe and Hornblower television series. The Bleach and Naruto animes are great too.

I've loved the old BBC Narnia series since I was a toddler and the Worst Witch tv series from the 90's has always been a favourite of mine as are the movie versions of The Neverending Story, The Witches, A Little Princess and The Secret Garden.

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite books of all time and was a television mini series first and I do love the many Doctor Who books.
catyah
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite books of all time and was a television mini series first

Oh wow, I didn't know that -- that's so cool!
readthisandweep
Jan. 26th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)

But it was a travesty of the book! This is my point.

Films of books almost always need to be viewed in isolation, rendering the question redundant.

Chocolat is a delicious film but it so savagely disregarded the central premise of the book, I now can't think about it without snarling. Ditto Practical Magic, & a myriad others.
seaivy
Jan. 26th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
Chocolat - The book is bitter dark organic
the movie - a creamy truffle
readthisandweep
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)

Quite ~ I'll take the former ;)
stpdsxyflndrs
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
Hmm, maybe Moon?

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
A Clockwork Orange

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
Hmm...I'm not sure I've read a book adaptation of anything, it's always gone the other way.
psychedeliceyes
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
Good Omens. A friend and I had a lengthy conversation about who would be in our dream cast.

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
None. In my experience book adaptations of movies are always horrible.

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
Silence of the Lambs.

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
See question two.
tig_ger1028
Jan. 25th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?

It's coming. I just have to be patient. Shantaram by Gregory Roberts.

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?

Citizen Kane. I love the movie. The book could even be better.

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?

BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?

I'm counting 2001: A Space Odyssey, since the book and the film were done concurrently. If I'm not allowed to do that, I've got nothing for this one.
lunarkissed
Jan. 25th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. ♥

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
RocknRolla would be nice.

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
Like Water For Chocolate, Breakfast On Pluto, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
I don't know what would fit this...
autochrome
Jan. 25th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
I keep fantasizing about a version of Dante's Inferno. Just pure, unadulterated spectacle. Or a version of Anais Nin's Delta of Venus, as done by a different director for each story.

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
Maybe Naked? Get in Johnny's head a bit more.

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
Maurice, book by EM Forster, film by James Ivory. It completely captured the spirit of the novel and highlighted the light and beauty of the whole thing. So good.

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
I don't know that I've ever read any.
catyah
Jan. 26th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
"The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" by Alan Bradley, but I'm sure I'd strongly dislike the cast chosen, since it wouldn't fit my own thoughts. Oh, or maybe "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman, which would almost certainly have to be animated, at least partially.

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
@

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
A tie: "The Shawshank Redemption" by Stephen King was my first thought, but when I started to answer this, "True Grit" by Charles Portis came to mind, as well.

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
@

@ = I'm honestly having a hard time coming up with answers to these two questions, I'm finding that all the movies I like best are based on books!

maldeluxx
Jan. 27th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
McCarthy - "Blood Meridian" (preferably by some who can do westerns well)

What movie would you most like to get a book version of?
I can't think of anything; those that I like have mostly a book already somewhere.

What's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?
Apocalypse Now :D

What's your favorite book adaptation of a movie (or tv show)?
AC Clarke's "2001"?
chrryblssmninja
Jan. 29th, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
have you heard that James Franco has made a screen test short as part of his big to direct Blood Meridian? I really don't know how that would work out...
maldeluxx
Jan. 29th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
I haven't heard that, but we'll see...? :)
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