As an avid reader I usually prefer the book to the movie or TV series. As I read I guess I am making my own movie in my head, visualise the characters, the setting etc, even when they aren't really described by the author. For example Tolkiens LOTR trilogy that I first read at 8 or so. I saw a hobbit and an ent and orc in my head, they didn't exist so I created them and was very disappointed when the movies came out because they weren't what I had been visualising for the last 30+ years was different. John Grisham, Robert Ludlum and Michael Crichton are some authors that have movies or series done from their books that I enjoy even though they differ from the actual book. There are others but I just can't remember the authors names right now, the Alex Cross series starring Morgan Freeman, the Jack Ryan series is like 50/50 depending on who stars as Jack Ryan.
Are there any authors/books you have read where you think the movie or TV series is equal or better than the book or books?
Post by AeroCooper on Jun 30, 2014 11:09:46 GMT -5
If I have read the book first, I generally try to keep an open mind going into the movie, as I know the vision will be different from what I had. That being said, most Stephen King based movies tend to be a huge letdown. He just has a way of telling a story that the directors don't seem to get.
I was not disappointed by either version of The Shining, The Green Mile, or The Stand though. I thought they were all very well done, except for the last few minutes of The Stand.
I can't say that a movie has ever exceeded the book, IMO.
Pet Sematary comes close, at least for the original. But agree about his adaptions usually not holding up well to the book. I think the best two are Shawshank Redemption and the Green Mile though. Children of the Corn, once again the original, holds up pretty well also.
Last Edit: Jun 30, 2014 12:44:16 GMT -5 by fwanger
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As far as Steven King goes all the ones that are mentioned were great movies. I think Carrie was good also. Alex Cross was good until Tyler Perry took over. The Outsiders was the biggest letdown that I know of.