Friday, July 13, 2007

BTT: Celluloid

Okay, I'm late again. I blame it on the nasty weather.

BTT asks:

1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie?
2. The worst?
3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference?

#3 first: I can think of very few examples where the movie was actually better than the book. But then, I'm really a book person first.

Okay, #1. Guess what I saw yesterday? Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Guess what? The fact that we're getting a set of seven books AND seven exceptional movies (okay, the 4th has holes) out of this series makes it a wunderkind extraordinaire.

I might pass on #2. What a downer.

I might also answer that the LOTR series was exceptional in response to #1, except that I haven't read the books.


Sharon said...

1. "The Shawshank Redemption." An outstanding film, based on a Stephen King novella.

2. Hands down, "The Witches of Eastwick." Abysmal.

3. Assuming that this question is meant as a follow-up for question #2, yes. I haven't read all of John Updike's books, but I liked "Eastwick" very much, and I thought the movie trashed it.

Quail Hill Knits said...

You are up way to late....

1. I agree with Sharon. The Shawshank Redemption is both one of my favorite stories and one of my favorite films.

2. Eragon. The book is a wonderful sci-fi book written my a teenager. The movie tried to do too much without following any story line and just ended.....

3. As for Eragon, I wouldn't even buy the DVD when it came out.