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Adaptations November 13, 2006 1:52 PM

How do you feel about book to movie adaptations? I took a Film Studies course in college and I will admit it changed my view on movies forever. It made me appreciate them as an art form all their own. Since then, I've grown to anticipate adaptations of books. Usually, I'll enjoy it more if I've read the book myself beforehand and formed my own ideas and images of the story. I hate being influenced by someone else's vision. I find it interesting, though, to see someone else's take on the book, how they interpreted it, how they brought that interpretation to life, and how it differed from mine. Of course, the book is always better but, still...  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Film/Play vs. Book November 29, 2006 5:06 AM

I loved the Harry Potter movies, but I didn't read the books (yet). And I loved the LOTR movies. I adored Sense and Sensibility, with Hugh Grant, that other woman whose name I never remember, Kate Winslet, and the guy who played Lametitron on Dogma and Snape in Harry Potter. (He's incredible! I've loved everything I've seen him in. He can play ANY character!) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was fun in its own right, but had nothing to do with the books. And I think they did that because they COULDN'T do the books justice. I haven't seen or read DaVinci Code yet. We'll see. But I would have LOVED to have seen Wicked on Broadway! How awesome that must have been!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Oh, and Princess Bride of course! November 29, 2006 5:07 AM

I really think The Princess Bride was written with a movie in mind. Although the book ends differently from the movie...if you haven't read the book, it is freaking hilarious!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 November 29, 2006 2:46 PM

Well, WICKED is out over here now and that is my goal for the year! I have been talking about this play non-stop and we ran into some people coming back from the play a few weeks ago as we were coming back from a concert and they said it was amazing but, different from the book. They actually recommended NOT reading the book first... oh well, too late LOL. I've read 'The DaVinci Code' and was disappointed to say the least! Then I went and read 'Angels and Demons,' Brown's first book and was even more disappointed to find that the two stories were exactly the same. It was as if he had one story and switched who battled till he found one that worked. To me, he just seems like he was fishing for a movie and that sorts puts me off from seeing it or reading anymore of his works. My favorite adaptaions would have to be 'The Stand' and 'The Green Mile' by Stephen King, I think they did some fantastic casting there. 'The Princess Bride' is amazing as Michelle's already said. LOTR were okay, I applaud their efforts though I think their vision was a bit skewed at times. The 'new' Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes is an interesting new vision on an old classic, well, I think. And Little Women with Winnona Rider, to name just a few.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
I liked November 30, 2006 5:03 AM

the old Little Women. And I love Shakespeare, so anything Kenneth Brannaugh (I know that's spelled wrong) does is a-okay with me. But I really can't stand Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet. I've never seen a version of either that I liked. Othello and MacBeth on the other hand...I wish I could have seen Patrick Stewart when he did Othello in the race-reversal. That must have been awesome!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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