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  • Pike 25 Oct 2005 10:50:54 13,459 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:

    Any examples on a film that has been better than the original novel?

    The Godfather.
  • sam_spade 25 Oct 2005 10:59:25 15,745 posts
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    That's because great books usually get converted, I suspect that Da Vinci Code will lend itself more to the screen than it does to the page. I've heard that Sideways is a better film than it is a book.

    I feel a bit sorry for kids that don't develop the reading habit. Especially, if the news is anything to go by, that power might be limited.

    Edited by sam_spade at 11:04:21 25-10-2005
  • Twinkle 25 Oct 2005 11:07:05 542 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    Any examples on a film that has been better than the original novel?

    Lord of the Rings. I found the books really dull.

    /runs
  • sickpuppysoftware 25 Oct 2005 11:17:36 1,486 posts
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    Where's Spot?

    I never tire of the suspense.
  • Pike 25 Oct 2005 11:33:24 13,459 posts
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    Twinkle wrote:
    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    Any examples on a film that has been better than the original novel?

    Lord of the Rings. I found the books really dull.

    /runs

    Why run. The books ARE dull, and fairly badly written.
  • marilena 25 Oct 2005 12:00:46 8,237 posts
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    Pike wrote:
    The books ARE dull, and fairly badly written.

    I disagree. They are dull, but well written.

    Edit: the movies are still worse, mind.

    Edited by marilena at 12:04:57 25-10-2005
  • Frankypanky 25 Oct 2005 12:05:52 931 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    Furbs wrote:
    Personally, I'd say there is a snobbery around books. How many times do you hear "meh, the book is better" with a movie adaptation? If I'm looking to educate myself on a subject, and use a widely respected website, it still comes across as less valid than a "proper" book on the subject. At least thats the impression I get.

    Any examples on a film that has been better than the original novel?


    The Orchid Thief... ;-)
  • mal 25 Oct 2005 12:38:41 29,326 posts
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    marilena wrote:
    I don't know if snobbery is all there is to it. For instance, I genuinely feel guilty when reading an "easy" book, because there are so many really good books out there that I haven't read. I bought 'A la Recherche du Temps Perdu' (don't know the english name) two weeks ago, but I never got to even start reading it. I'm not a snob, I really want to read it.
    The title has an english translation, but it sounds rubbish. Besides, if you don't refer to it in the french, you're clearly not snobbish enough to read it.
  • Pike 25 Oct 2005 12:48:39 13,459 posts
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    marilena wrote:
    Pike wrote:
    The books ARE dull, and fairly badly written.

    I disagree. They are dull, but well written.

    Edit: the movies are still worse, mind.

    Edited by marilena at 12:04:57 25-10-2005

    Pfft!

    The movies are a massive improvement compared to the books.

    None of that embarassing poetry for instance.
  • marilena 25 Oct 2005 13:02:24 8,237 posts
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    Ah, but you can skip the bits you don't like in the books (I surely did). If you go to the cinema you have to sit through the whole bloody thing.
  • Pike 25 Oct 2005 13:05:18 13,459 posts
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    On the DVD you can press skip.

    No problem at all.
  • opalw00t 25 Oct 2005 13:06:45 12,832 posts
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    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    Any examples on a film that has been better than the original novel?

    American Psycho. The book is just unreadable at times with the detailed descriptions of what people are wearing and annoyed me so much I gave up...
  • UncleLou Moderator 25 Oct 2005 13:08:15 40,158 posts
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    w00t wrote:
    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    Any examples on a film that has been better than the original novel?

    American Psycho. The book is just unreadable at times with the detailed descriptions of what people are wearing and annoyed me so much I gave up...

    I thought this was actually the best part of the book, while I had read better gorey stuff in Stephen King books. ;)
  • opalw00t 25 Oct 2005 17:00:47 12,832 posts
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    UncleLou wrote:
    w00t wrote:
    ecosse_011172 wrote:
    Any examples on a film that has been better than the original novel?

    American Psycho. The book is just unreadable at times with the detailed descriptions of what people are wearing and annoyed me so much I gave up...

    I thought this was actually the best part of the book, while I had read better gorey stuff in Stephen King books. ;)

    Each to their own and all that, but it actually made me scream with frustration!
  • sam_spade 25 Oct 2005 17:06:35 15,745 posts
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    otto wrote:
    Hands up who's read Proust. All of it.

    Come on, hands up.

    \o/

    /outsnobs forum

    Why would you waste your life reading that rubbish?

    /counterattack


    The Orchid Thief... ;-)


    It's just that sprawling New Yorker shit. :)
  • Ginger 25 Oct 2005 17:13:50 7,253 posts
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    Murbal wrote:
    /Glances over at The Oddysey

    Maybe when I've finished this book
    It's not that bad. He repeats himself so much you can skip huge chunks :D
  • ssuellid 25 Oct 2005 17:17:52 19,141 posts
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    I've read all the Mister Men books.
  • BlackJedi 25 Oct 2005 17:49:32 388 posts
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    otto wrote:
    Proust, rubbish?? /sucks in breath

    /charges up BFG

    OK then...

    Thucydides.

    In the original.

    FOR THE W1N
    Me too. Bloody good stuff, Thucydides.

    I consider the fact that I've read Homer, Euripides, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Thucydides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Vergil, Horace, Ovid and so on (in the original Greek and Latin) is enough to excuse me from reading anything I don't want to - that little lot is enough to out-highbrow just about anyone.

    /is currently (re)reading Halo: The Fall of Reach.

    edit: didn't close italics. May be able to read Greek and Latin, but HTML is getting rusty...

    Edited by BlackJedi at 17:54:20 25-10-2005
  • sam_spade 25 Oct 2005 18:46:39 15,745 posts
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    We could play the opposite of this and do Humiliation

    I've never actually read any Proust, I was trying to call otto's bluff.
  • Shinji 26 Oct 2005 08:30:09 5,902 posts
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    Thucydides.

    In the original.

    Outdone!

    Amusingly, the closest I can claim is reading Dante in Latin - only to discover a few years later that the Latin edition was a translation from the regional Italian vernacular he wrote in. Doh!

    I did make an attempt at Mishimia in the original but I got about six pages in after the first week and decided that perhaps a translated version was more appropriate to my kanji reading abilities... I'm a failure as a literary snob! :(
  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,322 posts
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    Hands up who's read Proust. All of it.

    Come on, hands up.

    \o/

    /outsnobs forum
  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,322 posts
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    Proust, rubbish?? /sucks in breath

    /charges up BFG

    OK then...

    Thucydides.

    In the original.

    FOR THE W1N
  • otto Moderator 28 May 2007 11:16:19 49,322 posts
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    +1

    :D
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,735 posts
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    Personally, I'd say there is a snobbery around books. How many times do you hear "meh, the book is better" with a movie adaptation? If I'm looking to educate myself on a subject, and use a widely respected website, it still comes across as less valid than a "proper" book on the subject. At least thats the impression I get.
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,735 posts
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    Hunt for Red October. Sonar just doesnt work in book form :p
  • Furbs 14 Jun 2007 22:45:51 45,735 posts
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    I was going to, but decided I'd wait for the film version.
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