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Posted 8/6/09 , edited 8/6/09
Do I like movies based on books? Which book? Which director? Which actors? What's the run time? The budget?

The truth is, in order to really appreciate a movie based on a book, you must pretend that the book does not exist. The original text is entirely irrelevent to the movie experience and can be very disruptive to unbiased viewing.

I'm sure we all remember a time in the movie theater where we found ourselves cringing in agony to see just how much the script mutilated its source material. Occasionally, these alterations actually do damage the movie, but more often than not, they are harmless. It is our inner fan that objects to the alterations, not our inner movie critic. As long as the new, altered details fit with one another, and as long as they form a cohesive whole, the movie is certainly no worse for it.
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Heh yeah I know what you mean, I tend to do that now because I realized it a little while ago, mostly when I went to see Harry Potter 6. I was disappointed by movies 3, 4, and 5 so I didn't really go in with high expectations and I knew it would be much different from the book and I really liked it.

I can't really do this for all movies though, the most important reason I refuse to watch movies based off of books these days isn't because I'm afraid of how much they've deviated from the book. In many book-turned-movies these days, they always pick the WRONG actors for roles. They look nothing like the character they're supposed to play, and their acting skills are crappy so they don't play them well.

I understand that it's way too hard to go looking for people that match the character's description, but I'm sure there are other actors that could probably play the role better and have a greater resemblance to the character.

Though I've seen the casting for 'The Lightning Thief' a book-turned-movie that is coming out soon, and they did a really good job.

Oh you mentioned run time, is it just me or are people too afraid to make a 3-hour movie? There are so few movies that long, and especially for a lot of book-turned-movies, if the book is very long, I think if they made a 3-hour movie, it would turn out much better. Which I think is one of the reasons the Lord of the Rings movies are pretty well-liked among people who have read the books, (as far as I've seen) 3 hours gives a lot of time for more of the books' stuff.

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Oh you mentioned run time, is it just me or are people too afraid to make a 3-hour movie? There are so few movies that long, and especially for a lot of book-turned-movies, if the book is very long, I think if they made a 3-hour movie, it would turn out much better. Which I think is one of the reasons the Lord of the Rings movies are pretty well-liked among people who have read the books, (as far as I've seen) 3 hours gives a lot of time for more of the books' stuff.



They are afraid, aren't they? The explanation I always hear is that the little kids don't have the attention span for a movie that long, and that they would lose a lot of their box office money that way.
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That's what I figured the reason was, but most movies are directed towards teenagers/adults, and still those movies don't reach 3 hours.
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Posted 8/22/09 , edited 8/22/09

The_8th_Sin wrote:
They are afraid, aren't they? The explanation I always hear is that the little kids don't have the attention span for a movie that long, and that they would lose a lot of their box office money that way.





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That's what I figured the reason was, but most movies are directed towards teenagers/adults, and still those movies don't reach 3 hours.


@Sin: Welcome to our forums. It seems we have another voice of reason among us. Now to the opic, I think you'll find that it is not just children who have short attention spans these days, as sadly society has been regressing to the point that people find movies like 'Bruno' entertaining.

@Magic: See above.

One I am excited about is the adaption of Rohl Dahl's book "Fantastic Mr. Fox". It is a cherished memory of mine and from what I have seen of the concept art and theatrical leaks, it is set to be great. Also, it will be able to unite children experiencing it with wonder for the first time with adults looking to relive fond memories.
Posted 9/17/09
Yes...juz like the movie Twilight...^^
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Depends. I loved the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and I thought Hunger Games was well done but Inkheart made me want to hunt down and kill the people in charge of making the movie.
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