Booking Through Thursday

A weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading.

Celluloid July 12, 2007

Filed under: Wordpress — --Deb @ 1:43 am

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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? (Personally, all other things being equal, I usually prefer whichever I was introduced to first.)

And, by all means, expand this to as long a list as you like. I’m notoriously awful myself at narrowing down to one favorite ANYTHING. So, feel free to list as many “good” or “bad” movie-from-books as you like. (Heaven knows that’s what I’ll be doing….)

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

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78 Responses to “Celluloid”

  1. Stephen Says:

    Great idea – mine’s up!

  2. Mei Says:

    Mine’s up here

  3. Kristy Says:

    Mine’s up. Happy BTT!

  4. Alice Teh Says:

    Mine’s up! Happy BTT, everyone!

  5. Christine Says:

    1. The Harry Potter series are pretty good. They are all abridged, but for the most part, are faithful to the original books.

    2. Far too many to count. Almost anything made before 1980 or 1990. “I Robot” was especially bad – any resemblance to the original story seemed to be accidental!

    3. I agree that I tend to prefer whichever one I see/read first. And in the case that I’ve seen/read both, I tend to have fewer objections to the movie if I’ve seen it before reading the book.

  6. Lightheaded Says:

    I just posted my answers here.

  7. Cassie Says:

    Hi, back from vacation and mine is up now! Going to go back and read the comments for the days I missed! :)

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  9. antqueen Says:

    Hey, it posted a comment for me. I didn’t know it would do that.

  10. CoversGirl Says:

    Mine’s here. Glad to see this week’s question is one I could think of an answer for!

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  12. Amy Says:

    Hmmm…I think Nick Hornsby’s High Fidelity is one of the best book-to-movies I’ve seen. Hard to pick a worst. There are just too many.

  13. Athena Says:

    Great question seeing as I have seen a lot of adaptations over the years. Up and away.

  14. Jane Says:

    I suspect “To Kill A Mocking Bird” as the best adaptation. Not sure about the worst as we don’t watch a whole lot of movies (last time I was in a theater was the 3rd Star Wars in the original release). I usually prefer the book because movies have to leave out a lot of nuances to compress a book into the 90 to 120 minute format.

  15. Julia Says:

    Good afternoon BTT blogger, I hope you have good Thursday!

    Booking Through Thursday: Celluloid

  16. Julia Says:

    OOPS! I should have put the link to the actual page of Booking Through Thursday…so here it is again

    Booking Through Thursday: Celluloid

  17. mo Says:

    Hope you all have room for one more participant!


  18. CJ Hill Says:

    I’m posting late today but that’s what a migraine will do for you. Here it is:


  19. [...] Booking through Thursday: 1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie? 2. The worst? 3. Had you [...]

  20. Marsha Says:

    What a timely question, as there are couple of eagerly anticipated (by me, anyway) book-to-screen adaptations coming out in the next several months!

    I discuss them–and my best and worst choices–here.

    Happy Thursday, everyone!

  21. merrimerri Says:

    Here is mine!
    Maybe last but hopefully not least!

  22. kat Says:

    It’s Friday where I am, so my answer’s a bit late. :) Here it is!

  23. Nancze Says:

    I’ve just joined and posted for the first time.

  24. Nancze Says:

    I’ve linked to the post. Sorry

  25. raidergirl3 Says:

    I just thought of a good movie based on a book, but I haven’t read the book yet – The English Patient so I son’t know how they compared. I imagine the book ws complex.

  26. Heidi Says:

    Fun topic this week~ not sure how I missed it yesterday.
    Here’s my response:

  27. Kym Says:

    My answers for this week and last week’s question are up:


  28. Bridget Says:

    Yikes! For the next couple of weeks, I’m probably going to be late – but here’s my response:

  29. BookGal Says:

    Better late than never

  30. Parelle Says:

    I’ve actually been following this blog for awhile, but here’s my response to this week’s prompt (late I know!)

    The rest of them:

  31. Here are mine on my Alter Ego blog:

    A bit late I know but I’ve only just found you!

  32. Carrie K Says:

    Dang, I keep reading everyone else’s but my computer time is so truncated I didn’t do mine yet. It’ll be up tomorrow.

  33. Bobbie Says:

    I saw this at Reviews By Heidi and it looked like fun.
    Here it is over a blog. Come by for a visit.

    Because of Jesus, Bobbie

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