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Best adaptation of a dreadful book?

Discussion in 'Book club' started by SEBREGIS, Nov 13, 2017.


    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    People frequently claim that the film of the book is not as good. Oddly, I think that sometimes it's the other way around. The director manages to find a diamond hidden within the festering clinker which was the original novel. For instance:

    "Do Android Dream of Electric Sheep?" Bizarre waffle by an author writing too fast, under the influence of Payote and dog food. It was filmed as 'Blade Runner", possibly the best science fiction movie of all time. This was achieved mostly by ignoring vast chunks of the original book and allowing Ridley Scott to put in place an awesome set of visuals.

    "The English Patient." Dreadful pseudo-intellectual waffle that was barely readable, imbued as it was with a crumbling sense of epic pretentiousness, struggling to define the conflict between east and west, which made it a 200-page entry to pseuds corner. And - you know - boring ****. Which was then beautifully filmed by Anthony Mingella, with a cast that brought the characters to life. I cry every damned time I see that film.

    Anyone got other suggestions?
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  2. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter

    The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I tried multiple times in my youth to read these, and frankly was so bored by the long descriptive passages that I finally gave up (despite the enthusiastic protestations of other people). The films were breathtaking and the last one brought me to tears. So glad they made those films.

    SEBREGIS Lead commenter

    "If you get past the Mines of Moria you'll be hooked. You won't be able to put it down."
    I did.
    I wasn't.
    I could.
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    galerider123 Lead commenter


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