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There have been a fair few books that have been adapted into a film.
What's your best one, worst one and which would you most like to see happen?
Best: Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)- an excellent translation from book to film losing none of his 'gravel in cuts' story telling. Which must have been a challenge.
Worst: Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)- A fantastic read tranformed into sleep enducing mediocrity.
Wishing for: The Fantastic Mr Fox (Roald Dahl) - ever since I was a kid I wanted to see this adapted for screen. Twas my favourite book back then :)
Worst: The Bourne Identity. Great books, let down at the theater.
Wanted: Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) ... random pick of something I read recently, could be done well.
or maybe Long Dark Teatime of the Soul.. or the first Dirk Gently novel. Wonder if it could happen.. might if H2G2 is a hit.
Worst: Runaway Jury, John Grisham Terrrible, just terrible. It's probably not even the worst ever, but certainly the worst of the Grisham books made into movies.
Wishing for: Hmmm, that's a hard one! I guess I'd go with any Travis McGee book by John MacDonald.
Wanted: The Master and Margarita (Mihail Bulgakov) and anything by Kurt Vonnegut. I worry that somebody would foul it up. 100 Years of Solitude is one of my favourite books as well. Again, I would worry that somebody would slaughter it.
I didn't know this was a book?
A novella by Stephen King of all people, I think it was called 'Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank redemption'. It's not really the best read, but it went quite well to film.
In the same collection (Called 'Different Seasons') there was 'the body' which later became a rather successful movie called 'Stand By Me'. And 'Apt Pupil' which became a not so successful movie I never saw.
Worst: Practical Joke, by Vonnegut. Great book, in a "makes you think, keeps you laughing" kind of way. The movie was a horrid piece of camp. Some of the themes in the book came off so poorly in the movie that it changed their meaning entirely. The miniaturized chinese ambassador in the movie came off as... a borderline racist statement. Not at ALL what Vonnegut intended.
Would like to see: Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. Someone already mentioned this, and I'm going to have to back it up. I just wanna see Thor arguing with an airport ticket agent.