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Informal Movie Poll

Informal Movie Poll

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Minor questions about books and movies, feel free to comment if text box isn't large enough.

Poll #4350 Movies vs. Books
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Is the movie ever better than the book?

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Yes
2 (22.2%)

No
1 (11.1%)

On occasion
5 (55.6%)

They are two totally different things how can you even compare them?
1 (11.1%)

If you answer was other than "no" above please explain:

I am a wanker who has complained before about a movie not being as good as the book.

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Yes, always.
1 (12.5%)

No, never.
0 (0.0%)

Who me? Nooooo. I don't complain about such things.
0 (0.0%)

It's okay to complain when the movie fucking sucks!
7 (87.5%)

If you have seen V for Vendetta did you enjoy it?

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Yes
4 (44.4%)

Nah
1 (11.1%)

NO!
0 (0.0%)

asdfhjklASDFGHJKL YES!! The OMG YES!!!
2 (22.2%)

I haven't seen the movie but promise to see it very soon.
2 (22.2%)

  • The vast majority of the time the book is better. Occasionally it will be as good, rarely it will be better. (Sort of like cover versions of music, IMO.)

    It's OK to say it's not as good as the book, but it's probably wrong to assume it will be. I seriously enjoy HP more now that I don't even imagine they can possibly get it right. Does that make sense?

    As for V, yes, I enjoyed it. L is trying to get a copy to read and bookmarked the wiki page about Guy Fawkes. I can't say it's my new favorite film or anything but yeah, it was good, definitely.
    • I totally agree with you on that. There is a time it will happen that the movie will be better but it's like lightening striking.

      I totally agree with you here too! (Who would have imagined) When I seperate the books from the movies I enjoy the movies more.

      I liked the movie at first but I have since then been forced to watch it on several occasions, as it's M's favorite, and now I really love it. Favorite line: I, like God, do not play with dice and I don't believe in coincidences.

      • Doesn't mean I am not fucking depressed when they screw it up. :P But a blanket "it's not as good as the book" is just a lame thing to say. My reply to that is "no shit". But when there is at least an effort made.

        I could definitely see myself watching it again.
        • Screwing up the characters is horrible horrible.

          I want to go tell your entire facebook "no shit". I hate complainers, except for me and you ;-p.
  • On the whole, bad books make good movies - and vice versa. you can pretty much guarantee that the movie of a well loved book (The Dark Is Rising, I Robot, anything by Alan Moore) will be crap, while a bad/so-so book (the Bourne series, Sahara) can be surprisingly good.

    Of course, it all falls down when Peter Jackson or Guillermo del Toro is involved (though actually the LOTR movies are, in terms of plot and charactersiation, much better than the books).

    V For Vendetta` had dreadful plot holes, but wasn't an entire waste of a coulpe of hours (unlike Hellblazer).
    • YES the Bourne series!! Great example. I may lost friendships by saying this but I don't think I've ever enjoyed a Jane Austen novel as well as I've enjoyed some of the movies. I know Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson one) is different from the book in that it cuts out characters and other things but I can't help but LOVE the movie. Colonel Brandon *whimpers with love*.

      The thing about V for Vendetta the movie (I've only seen the movie) I get the movie. I get exactly what happened I don't wonder about V and don't feel I am missing anything. But GoF for example, the movie, is so damn confusing when I watched it with my husband who hadn't read the book he had no idea what was going on.
  • I cannot think of an example where the movie is better than the book.
    • I told J this but didn't post it. The one example I can think of is Brokeback Mountain. I loved the movie but naturally it had scenes in it that weren't in the short story, which I found to be very harsh and admittedly I just preferred the romanticized version.
      • Yes... a case where the movie had more than the book, and I think I'd have to agree with you. I read the story the day I saw the movie, and found I liked how the screenwriters had filled in some blanks.
    • It came to me last night that I tend to like the Jane Austen movies better than the books. I admit I find her books hard to read. Or maybe I just love Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon.
  • More often than not, the book is way better than the movie. But there are those few times where that is not the case. Princess Bride the book was way too much of a political satire, and had none of the charm the movie has. It the book by Stephen King spends 400 pages introducing characters who then proceed to die one by one and you are over halfway through the book before meeting the main characters. Walk to Remember movie wins hands down.

    Also, I think the movie may have a tendency to beat the book, or at least come a lot closer, when you see the movie first.
    • I love Princess Bride the movie so much I can't imagine trying to read the book now, the movie is so wonderful. Now I know I should never even try. I heard Stephen King didn't like the original The Shining. Which is the fucking scariest movie ever "Come play with us Danny". I saw the Shining remake that was like the book and it wasn't remotely as chilling at the first movie.

      I know a lot of people in fandom who saw the HP movie first then read the book and now I think they all like the books better, obviously. But I think that is something very rare.
  • I am confused by the first bit.

    This might have something to do with the fact that I don't see films very often and hardly ever read fiction.

    Nevermind, eh?
    • This might be why you're confused, yes. I don't watch as many films as I used to and sometimes I feel like I am missing out.

      I don't know if you would like V for Vendetta, it takes place in the UK and Natalie Portman has a British accent in it, so it can either be spot on from your POV or horribly done.
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