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Old 06-12-2006, 08:18 AM   #1
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Movies made after famous books

Why do the movies made after famous books rarely do well?

Should a good movie follow the book it's based upon, or should it be enjoyable for those who didn't read the book?
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:21 AM   #2
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Why do the movies made after famous books rarely do well?

Should a good movie follow the book it's based upon, or should it be enjoyable for those who didn't read the book?
You mean famous books like Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings or comic books like Batman & Spiderman
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Old 06-12-2006, 10:39 AM   #3
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Books like Harry Potter, LOTR, Chronicles of Narnia, Da Vinci Code etc

I think Godfather may be the only example where the movies are actually more famous than the book preceding it.
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Why do the movies made after famous books rarely do well?

Should a good movie follow the book it's based upon, or should it be enjoyable for those who didn't read the book?
1. Because when you read the book you're creating your own images in your head. You make up the setting, what the characters look like, how they talk, their facial expressions, everything. Everything the text doesn't tell you, you fill it in with your own perceptions. When someone else makes a film about it, they are putting in their own view. Casting, location, how the characters act, everything right in their mind is applied to the screen.
Books are that much more powerful because you really kind of bond with them and make them your own. The plot and dialogue are there, but everything else is really up to you.

You can't ask two people to paint the same picture and expect it to be exactly the same.

2. I think it should do both. And they do balance. Sometimes there will be an extra tidbit in movies for people that have read the book. Overall movies are expected to explain the book for those who didn't read. Otherwise what's the point, really? You'll just have a film to cater to a select few.
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I don't understand 'rarely do well'
Seems they often do well.
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Re: Movies made after famous books

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Why do the movies made after famous books rarely do well?

Should a good movie follow the book it's based upon, or should it be enjoyable for those who didn't read the book?
Do well as in financially or creatively? LOTR(all 3) as an example grossed a few billion dollars worldwide. I thought it was great to watch as well.
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some are good, some suck.

it's the same as with anything.
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That movie was on TV the other night
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Jurassic Park - good book and good movie. Although, the movie isn't all that faithful to the book.
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Jaws was a book too, and the movie was infinitely better.
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Even the original Star Wars was released as a book before the movie came out. We know which one did better there...
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OK Jaws and Star wars are examples of movies being more famous than the books.

Eliv8: I mean "do well" in the sense that most often, people say "the book is better" in these type of movies.
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Gone with the Wind - The book was wildly popular when it first was published, and the movie was equally successful, if not more.
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Gone with the wind was a book? Never knew that...

I enjoy Chrichton-based movies but I think I have only read one Chrichton book so far.

PlaTheGreat: yes, I guess it's a balance between pleasing the book fanatics and the non-readers.
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