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11. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I agree that the two experiences rarely compare, so I try to seperate the two - by that I mean that I judge a film on its own merits, as I do a book. They are two very different media and therefore different experiences.

A film requires less from it's viewers....maybe that is why there is something so much more satifying about the act of reading a book. A book requires your concentration, your imagination, your constant participation. With a film everything is done for you really.

There is nothing I enjoy more than escaping into the cinema for an hour or two. Its all the more satifying when you watch something that pushes the boundaries a little. Film can portray images for us that we may never conjure up in our heads (weird camera angles, etc.) Also, the score to a film can add to the climax of emotion, create suspense, etc...drawing us into the action.

If forced to make a choice between the two I would choose a book, but I cant honestly say that I am always disappointed with a movie adaptation of a book. The experiences are rarely similar but as long as you know that before you go into the movie then you can still enjoy it. ;)

12. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in book form, felt like plowing through molasses. So long and detailed, I had to force myself to get through them. And I was a pretty avid reader at the time. Maybe I just don't like fantasy novels.

Anyway, that's why I think the movies did a good job, because they painted the picture without, for me, losing the "feel" of the novels. If you like Tolkein, though, I can see how no movie could ever live up to his writing. Such is the nature of great writing!

Must admit I was disappinted by the third movie somewhat, though. You know pretty much how it's going to turn out - so you're just waiting for it the whole time. In a novel, an inevitable end doesn't feel quite so ho-hum.

13. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting daveh

Isa,

I think you're getting me mixed up with Brendan. I enjoyed the Lord of Ring books. I have only seen the first one of the three movies and enjoyed that too, i will get round to watching the other two at some stage. With that paricular trilogy though i read the books a long, long time ago as a young kid so i don't think i can relate the books to the film as i don't remember how good the books were. I just see the movie as a good movie.

Sorry Dave, I should have been more explicit. By my comment in reference to you - it was an agreement that, like you not getting through Master and Commander, thus watching the movie - I couldn't get through Lord trilogy and settled for the movies. Not a reference on your opinion of the Lord books. Sorry for the confusion. Glad you enjoyed them! A lot of people do and I really wish I had been able to also. I'll giver M&C a try and see if i agree with you there. (Just might!)

14. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Sorry Isa, your original thread made perfect tense, it's coming to the end of a 12 hour shift so i'm not reading things too thoroughly. My brain tends to work at a very leisurely pace late in the afternoon

15. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I remember having to read "The Outsiders" in grade school...then I saw the movie...Lets just say...it helps when your a teenage girl and they put eye candy in the film version;)

16. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Let me put it this way:

Books and movies are completely different medias, with different rules. I think they should be separated from each other - great book and great movie (Shawshank Redemption, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest).
For me there some are movies that I prefer to the book - The Shining! but also a lot of movies that were uninspired pieces of mediocre workmanship, just produced for the money, where you better spend your money buying the book a couple of times and give them to your friends!
Back to you, guys.

17. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I totally agree! They are totally different mediums. What I thought was a great book and a poor movie, might be your favorite movie and worst book ever read. The Shining was a good movie, but I pictured something different when I read it. Maybe that would be a good question? Have you ever liked both, the movie and the book, equally?

18. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I have found that if I see the movie first I like the movie better and if I read the book first I like the book more. With the exception of Carrie, film better than book.

19. Posted by banana (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

Movie and book equally good - Pride and Predjudice (by Jane Austin). I LOVE both.

20. Posted by banana (Budding Member 33 posts) 11y

Whoops - meant to say the BBC version of P&P.
On the other hand, The Count of Monte Cristo book was much better than the movie. The movie reflected half the story and changed the ending!