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    Dreamcatcher immediately comes to mind, even though it wasn't very good, but the book was downright horrible. I guess the reason why this movie comes to mind is because Stephen King's books have historically always been better than the movies based on them. Hell, even the miniseries that have more than enough time to get the content from the books onto the screen manage to screw everything up, The Stand being a notable exception.

    I don't know if comic books count, but for the most part, I like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man depiction better than in the comics, mainly the fact that his webs were organic rather than mechanical, made him much more spider-like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    Dreamcatcher immediately comes to mind, even though it wasn't very good, but the book was downright horrible.
    Lol. I guess the thread title still applies to that!

    I guess the reason why this movie comes to mind is because Stephen King's books have historically always been better than the movies based on them.
    Generally agreed. There were some individual scenes in Dreamcatcher that weren't bad, but I considered it to be on par with Insomnia. Sometimes he just pumps out a terrible book.

    I don't know if comic books count, but for the most part, I like Sam Raimi's Spider-Man depiction better than in the comics, mainly the fact that his webs were organic rather than mechanical, made him much more spider-like.
    It depends on which comic. Not sure if Peter Parker has ever had organic slingers in any iteration; I know Spiderman 2099 (Manuel someone took Peter's role) did have them. I guess it's a matter of preference, since I kind of liked the return to the mechanical ones in the last movie, as it reiterated how smart Peter is... Maguire's version seems like a decently smart but not overly smart idealist, while Garfield's version seems like a real top-notch high-school techie wisecracker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    Seriously.

    I also think anime is stupid.

    LOTR? anime? Board games and D&D? Why are these people in our club? We should kick them out and only retain members who conquer respectable corners of the world.
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    I haven't read many books vs movies.. I usually do one or the other.

    Game of Thrones -- A TV series in truth, not a movie.. and although the books are technically better, the series cuts out a lot of the 'boring' parts of the books for those that don't like world-building. They stick to the books rather well for a series, and it brings the characters to life and puts some faces to them, which I particularly liked for Eddard and Joffery. The action, the predatory relationships, and a lot of the grit and gore seems to be in the series so people without the time to enjoy the books can still be in on the craze. I think that makes it at least on-par with the book via reaching out to the masses.

    I have this same feeling about LotR. While the books are better, the fact that there are faces to the characters, and enough beauty to show the world the author was seeing in his head and cutting out a lot of world-building traits allowed people to fall in love with the world without muscling through the tomes.. and people can always go back and read the books after they fall in love.

    I am Legend was not better than the book ONLY for the switched up ending. If they had kept the ending true to the book it would have been an amazing movie. People wanted *us* to be right. The whole point of the book was to (spoiler!) show that humanity was the monster. He was going around killing and murdering. He thought he was being the good guy, and he realizes he was a monster being hunted down. It would have been a shocking, profound ending...

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest -- Better than the book, completely agreed. The book was fine as it was, I enjoyed reading the thoughts of the Indian.. something you miss out on a bit in the book. But the lobotomy was SO POWERFUL. Seeing him in a vegetative state was gut-wrenching, and the visual had an effect the book never could.

    I'm assuming Jaws is the same way.. the book could never portray the fear that the movie created.

    Silence of the Lambs I never read. But the movie created a sense of fear and creep and mystery that I feel the book probably could not have accomplished in the same manner. That movie was very powerful.
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    I've never read the book, so I'd like someone's opinions on Stephen King's IT (book) versus the movie. Looking at the wikipedia entry is enough to make one guffaw at the differences; however, the movie did well to stand on its own.


    Also: Are we talking about books, novels in particular, or do short stories count as well?
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    LOTR? Oh hell naw. Definitely not better than the book.

    I agree about The English Patient and Kick Ass, though.

    Also, The Hunger Games.
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