Book versus Movie

Posted: July 23, 2012 in Film, Literature
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The Frisky came up with this provocative Venn diagram:

Of those on their list . . .

I’d move Blade Runner, Fight Club, and Stand by Me over to “both.”  The source material for all three of those are solid, and the print versions do differ significantly enough from the films that reading them would enhance your thinking about the films.

I’d also shift Blindness to “both.”  The film is a lot better than most give it credit for.

I’d probably move Harry Potter from “both” over to “see the movie(s)” (though I’m sure hardcore Potter fans will have my head).

I am Legend, while I totally agree that the movie with that title was weak, is a film worth watching if you’ve read the book (especially with the original, better ending that they changed for theatrical release).  I think fans of the book should also see the two earlier adaptations

as for what I’d add . . .

Read the book: Beowulf, Batman: Year One, Nineteen Eighty-four, The Postman, Clan of the Cave Bear, Earthsea, The Lathe of Heaven, Total Recall, Troy (okay, that’s not really fair, but), Eragon, almost every Shakespeare play ever.

Both:  No Country for Old Men, V for Vendetta, The Lord of the Rings, Dune, The Shining, The Wizard of Oz, Trainspotting, Lord of the Flies, The Secret of NIMH, The Hunger Games, A Clockwork Orange.

See the movie: Psycho, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jaws.

What else?

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