Sunday, September 17, 2006

Movies vs. Books

Movies based on books are almost never as good as the book. The only exception I can think of is 'The Godfather' where the movie gets the essence and feel of the book itself. Are there any more?

11 comments:

M said...

'a beautiful mind' was more powerful as a film than the book

Radha said...

Ummm...maybe...yeah, the book is more biographical and not in a story-telling kind of format...whereas the movie is more abt the human aspect of John Nash's life.

Not many people really care abt the Game Theory, mathematical achievements & other factual details...maybe a mathematics student would find the book better..?

lalunadiosa said...

I can think of two cases where I found the book too disjointed and vague but the movie fleshed out the book's spirit - English Patient and Big Fish!!!

clickable said...

I found "Great Expectations" better than the book; I liked the adaptation, and probably also because Dickens is a tough read.

Radha said...

I didnt know 'English Patient' was based on a book. And I didnt know 'Big Fish' was a movie. So cant comment on both.

'Great Expectations': I think I like the book better. I hardly remember the movie, but still remember the book.

lalunadiosa said...

Radha, you should watch Big Fish...it is a beautiful movie - always makes me tear up a lil too!!!!

Radha said...

Already put it on my 'to-do'!

amit said...

As they say, 'why read a book when you can watch a movie'...so i never read..lol

Radha said...

haha! shortcuts are quicker, but you may be skipping a nicer route!

Anonymous said...

for lack of time or may be enthusiasm these days, I have been seeing more movies than read and saw 'the kite runner'. worth watching. Wonder if I shud read the book now.
Also, Found the movie 'Angela's ashes' did justice to the book. 'Memoirs of a Geisha' was an excellent read but the movie is disappointing.
-Sparsh

Radha said...

Hi Sparsh!

Welcome to petty-change.

I would highly recommend reading "The Kite Runner". Its such a sensitive book.

I agree "Geisha" was a much better book than a movie. The movie somehow ended up being boring and un-authentic.

Haven't read "Angela's Ashes" though. Recommended?