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  • I completely disagree with the people naming Philip K.’s work. Blade Runner doesn’t even come close to matching the level of commentary featured within Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and, just to name another example, The Adjustment Bureau completely went the opposite direction from the point of the short story (because Philip K. was a determinist, and that shows in most of his work). The only film that made a decent tribute to Phil was Total Recall, and it was because of the level of satire. If you read enough of his work, you start to realize Phil was a master of satire. Even if serious discussion can come from the ideas featured in his stories, he usually inserted something silly (like an army bombing a whole mountain range to kill one man), and some stories are just completely silly (like the one about killer reproducing gumballs). Total Recall didn’t have the exact same style of humor Phil did, but the spirit inherent within his stories was still there. Everyone else has been taking his stories more seriously when they should’ve been having fun with the ideas he has created. Phil sure had fun with them (for the most part anyway).

    • Redhead Metalhead

      Also forgot to mention that We Can Remember it For You Wholesale was satirical as well. Read the story and take note of the idea presented to Quail toward the end, the idea suggested being planted into his head. It’s completely ridiculous, but that’s really the whole point.

      • fdx

        What i meant when i initially mentioned Blade Runner was the movie is really a masterpiece, and really different from the book BTW, the electric animals are not as central to the movie as they are in the book. On the other hand, i feel that it’s not Dick’s best work.

        So maybe saying the movie is better than the book is exaggerated, so let’s say it’s probably Ridley Scott’s best work but an above average production for Dick….. I’m a big Ubik fan myself 🙂

  • Mz

    anyone want to nominate Jurassic Park? The book was alright but the movie is better.

  • Dennis S

    Most of the posters on here have never read a book so how would they know? By the way, I think the movie “The Dictionary” is better than the book.

  • Add “Legally Blonde” to the list. The novel was not published until after Reese Witherspoon and her string bikini made the movie a hit. It should have stayed buried.

    Also, try reading “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?” and you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for what Hollywood can do. Great idea, wretchedly executed in prose.

  • daddyostjames

    “Stroker ace”starring Burt Reynolds was better than the novel “stand on it” on which it was based on!

    • The Duke

      Enjoyed M.A.S.H….But thought the film far superior…Sutherland and Gould at the top of their game

  • Dennis S

    I thought the Superman comic books were much better than the movies.

  • Eli.Burnside

    Fight Club (the film) is much better than the book.

    • Ed

      They’re fundamentally the same story.

  • catherine

    Also “The Hours”. Far better than the book.

  • bk

    Disagree with Princess Bride-missing out on the Zoo of Death is a great gap in the movie. Fantastic movie, but the book still outdoes the movie.

  • Mark

    If you’ve never read Forrest Gump or it’s sequel…. DON’T. They are terrible and charmless and the movie was far better. The second book even goes out of its way to point out that you shouldn’t let anyone make a movie out of your biography because they’ll screw it up.

  • Alyson

    I nominate Atonement. Loved the movie, so I thought I’d love the book, but no. I couldn’t even get through the first few chapters before I fell asleep.

  • Cat

    I read a LOT, but just couldn’t read Dr. zhivago, but loved the movie, don’t actually know anyone who managed to read the book, if anyone out there has managed the book, perhaps they could compare and post.

    • Dennis S

      I did read the book (of course I also slogged through “Tropic Of Cancer” and “Winds Of War”) and I agree with Cat–The movie was better.

      • Cat

        Dennis, Thanks for your comments, I have also tried tropic of cancer, gave up! Life’s too short. How was Winds of War? Is it worth even trying?

  • Dennis S

    Cat, actually “Winds Of War” is good reading. The mini series with Robert Mitchum was also good but in this case I would say the book was better. Wouk focuses on one family mostly during WW2 and their experiences but there’s also a lot of historical fact. Of course the sequel novel was “War and Rememberance”-I would recommend both. However, I would strongly recommend staying away from Michener’s “Chesapeake” and Hemingway’s “A Farewell To Arms” unless you have a bad case of insomnia. Another book I thought much better than the move is “:From Here To Eternity”.

  • Cat

    Thanks, Dennis, I was intrigued enough to read a short section of Winds of War on Amazon, and have ordered the book! One of my favourite books and movies of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird. I loved the book and thought the film was excellent. I’d love to see a really good film made from Salem’s Lot by Steven king, I remember reading it years ago, in bed and was afraid to turn out the lights, but I was young and innocent then, perhaps it wouldn’t even give me a slight shiver now!

  • Dennis S

    Cat-I have to honestly admit that I’ve never read a Steven King novel. You’re right about “To Kill A Mocking Bird”–Both novel and movie were great. Harper Lee only lives about 130 miles south of me. Everytime I used to go through Monroeville I wanted to find her and talk with her but I didn’t have the guts because they said she was such a recluse. Now I hear she’s in very bad health. In fact I’m not even sure she’s still living although I believe she is. She was good friends with Capote I’ve heard. I’ve never read any of his stuff. Have you read “The Wayward Bus”? The movie was Ok but I believe the book was better. I very much enjoy commenting with you.

  • Cat

    Hi Dennis, I haven’t read The Wayward Bus, nor seen the movie, I’ve read quite a few of Steinbeck’s novels, my particular favourite is The Grapes of Wrath, harrowing but wonderful. Have you listened to Springsteen’s The Ghost of Tom Joad, I loved it. I read Capote’s In Cold Blood a while back, I think I enjoyed it! How awesome that you live near Harper Lee, did you ever seriously think of trying to contact her? With my fabulous powers of deduction I have figured out that you live in the USA , I am in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but I have family in Virginia, and have visited your beautiful country often. what are you reading at the moment? I have just started an historical novel, Lionheart, about King Richard and the crusades in the Holy Lands in 1190s.

  • Dennis S

    Cat–I’m reading “Cause Of Death” by Patricia Cornwell. Have you read any of her novels? Her main character is Kaye Scarpetta. Kaye is a medical examiner who always gets involved in the murder investigations. It’s always a good read. I guess if I was forced to name my favorite novel it would be “The Young Lions” by Irwin Shaw. It was made into a movie (Brando played the German officer)–The movie was good but the book is better. I’ve read it 4 times over the years. Yes,I’ve heard that song by Springsteen–My favorite song by him is still “Darlington County” because it reminds me of my younger days with my buddies. I was always getting away and it would be one of them handcuffed to the bumper of a state trooper’s Ford-haha- Northern Ireland. I would love to go to Ireland. I’ve been in the Far East (US Navy) but never Europe. When I think of the people of Northern Ireland I think of courage.

    • Cat

      I’ve read Patricia Cornwell novels over the years, but I must admit I got a bit tired of her latter books, when she was obsessed by the wolf man! I loved the movie The Young Lions, but have never read the book. The only books I have read a few times are Pride and Prejudice, and The Count of Monte Christo, I realise that Jane Austin might be a little too girly for you, but it is quite witty. Have you seen Mystic River and Shutter Island, or read the books by Dennis Lehane? Both are worth a look. I have a morbid fascination with crime and mystery novels, I particularly like Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, his are a bit more light hearted, but good for a grey, damp afternoon,(we get a lot of those here), and a good cup of coffee. I may be a little bit prejudiced as I have met these authors at various book signings, and found them to be very accessible and quite charming. by the way, I shall be going to a Springsteen show in July, and am looking forward to it very much. I envy your travels in the Far East, I would love to go there, maybe some day. We have had a difficult time here over the years, and a bit of escapism through books and to a lesser degree movies, (we didn’t always like to go out in the evenings) was very comforting, when you could lose yourself in a good story, and not think of the bullets and bombs going off outside!

      • Dennis S

        Below is to Cat–

  • Dennis S

    No I haven’t read any of Jane Austin’s books. I saw the movie Mystic River but not Shutter island. I haven’t read either book. I’ve always been obsessed with the old west and wish I had been born a hundred years before I was. I’ve read all of Louis L’Amour’s books. Many of his were made into movies.I’ve read “Lonesome Dove” (Larry McMurtry) twice and watched the movie at least 7 times.The book is great-The movie even better. Fiction,of course but a lot of realism (speech,clothing,attitudes,etc.). I tried my best to read “Finnigan’s Wake” long ago but it was too complicated for my simple brain. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what he was trying to say.The first book (novel) I remember reading was Hans Brinker (Or the silver skates). My grandmother bought it for me when I was 7-years-old. I still have it. Have you read any of Ayn Rand’s books? I read a couple of hers and a lot of others down in the boiler room of my ship on long midnight watches.

  • Dyonus

    I’d include Fight Club (debatable…though the book is pretty good) and Big Fish.

  • Arolina

    Even though I simply loved the Forrest Gump movie I can never agree it was better than the book. The book is just soooo much more than a movie, it offers hours of laughter and the adventures that Forrest has been involved in are so much more than shown in the movie. It’s just much funnier and much better than the movie. I would highly recommend reading it.

  • William Wizer

    C’mon Lord of the rings the films better than the books?
    if you only care about massive visual effects and huge battles probably but… Lord of the Rings is a lot more than the battles. you may like the rest or not but removing everything else was almost criminal and can only be justified because the books have enough material to make six full films instead of just three but they didn’t want to take the risk of trying to make six films and find themselves forced to leave the story unfinished for some stupid economical reason or any other silly thing.

    truth to be told there’s no way to show in a film (or a series of films) the richness of Tolkien’s LotR universe. let’s be sincere. the entire main plot is just a weak excuse to have somebody do a long travel over the entire land and show us all the little stories it contains. each character has his/her own story even if it’s not an important one in the big scheme of things but it’s still part of the LotR universe. even that happy crazy Tom Bombadil has his own story and reason to be.

  • Ed

    If I hear one more person tell me “The Shining” movie was better than the book, I might just have to mutilate Stanley Kubrick’s grave.
    “The Shining” was an entertaining film, don’t get me wrong. Each performance (save perhaps Shelly Duvall) was thuroughly enjoyable, and more importantly, scary.

    • Ed

      But “The Shining” novel was a thurough and chilling metaphor about substance abuse, particularly Alcoholism, as well as being scary as hell.

      • Pedro Urrutia

        The movie is deeper than the book, just watch the documentary Room 237. Alcoholism? Cute.

  • Charles Campbell

    I agree with L.A.Confidential being a better film than the book. Except for a handful of characters and incidencies the book has no bearing on the film. I read L.A.Confidential twice and I can tell you it is a chore. The film was great!