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A short, sweet intro here, hopefully encouraging some enthusiasts to contribute worthy inclusions.

 

Q1.. What books have you enjoyed, where you've later discovered the film/ TV series(?) to be as memorable, or perhaps even better?

Can you give us a side-note, or any additional info?

 

Q2 ..Any examples where you've watched the flick, prior to the book? Any cases where that seems the best route?

 

Lastly..Q3: Is it just moi, or is today's hectic 24/7 digital-mayhem, incompatible with lazing on the sofa, with a lengthy, compelling read? Gotta admit, haven't been enjoying deep novels as I once did.

 

Anywho.. some titles to start:

 

- The Godfather(I guess Puzo wrote the book, screenplay, etc...) So of course the adaptation is flawless.

- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest. The flick has a twist from the book, which was presented from Chief Bromden's pov(both so damn good)

- Day of The Jackal . Talk about Forsythe's masterpiece. James Bond has Nothing on this character(Edward Fox). You'll never cheer so hard for an assassin again.

- Shogun If one has 9 hrs, the classic miniseries is fully on Youtube. No scene ever, is as flippin' erotic as Yoko Shimada droppin' her silk to share an onsen with Richard Chamberlain. HOLY Jumpin'!

- LOTR  There shouldn't be a fantasy section in libraries/shops. It oughta' be Tolkien's corner. Jackson's work was epic

- Gone With The Wind. Lengthy, but so worthwhile. Clark & Vivian showing how it's done.

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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

 

Saw the movie would love to read the book and the rest of the series called The Crane Iron Pentalogy however I cannot find an English Translation.

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27 minutes ago, Alflives said:

The Guns Of Navarone.

Very good book, and the rare instance of an even better screen adaptation.  

 

 

My Dad always loved this movie..but I haven't seen it yet.

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First I saw the movie Blade Runner, which i absolutely loved, then a couple of months ago I also read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" which I just adored perhaps even more. But the two are quite different, so they complement each other very well.

 

Another adaptation I remember was the Less Than Zero movie... First I read the book, then watched the movie. Loved the book, didn't like the movie at all.

 

Oh yes, Harry Potter, i enjoyed both.

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Shawshank Redemption.To me it’s one of the best adaptation of Steven Kings work.Not actually a horror movie,it was originally called Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

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The obvious one for me was A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones)

 

I remember when I first saw the trailer on HBO and thought, "WTF? Martin hasn't even finished writing the damn thing!"

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BTW, for Star Wars fans, Kylo Ren is loosely based on Han and Leia's son Jacen in the "Legacy of the Force" book series. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/SWF/star-wars-legacy-of-the-force---legends

 

Jacen turns to the dark side and becomes Darth Caedus. He is eventually killed by his twin sister Jaina....

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No Country for old men

 

LA Confidential 1997 . Great Movie, A few years back I watched nearly every english speaking movie from 1990 -2016 on the top 250 IMDB. barely started the book, I have a hard time reading these days, I usually just fall asleep.

 

I really loved Michael Crichton books, but Sphere was a let down. the books are not really relevant anymore, either. as is the case with many sci-fi

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not so much a book per se, but the Sam Sheperd story becoming The Fugitive series and movie might be one of the best ones. The old series is great.

 

https://www.grunge.com/85735/insane-true-story-inspired-the-fugitive/

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20 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

not so much a book per se, but the Sam Sheperd story becoming The Fugitive series and movie might be one of the best ones. The old series is great.

 

https://www.grunge.com/85735/insane-true-story-inspired-the-fugitive/

I think the David Letterman adaptation was the best yet:

 

 

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Slaughterhouse Five was as good as a brilliant Vonnegut novel could possibly be. Vonnegut himself was thrilled with the screen adaptation. It seems that Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time.......

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4 hours ago, RUPERTKBD said:

BTW, for Star Wars fans, Kylo Ren is loosely based on Han and Leia's son Jacen in the "Legacy of the Force" book series. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/SWF/star-wars-legacy-of-the-force---legends

 

Jacen turns to the dark side and becomes Darth Caedus. He is eventually killed by his twin sister Jaina....

Sounds like that would have made a far better group of sequels than we got. 

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3 hours ago, Petey_BOI said:

No Country for old men

 

LA Confidential 1997 . Great Movie, A few years back I watched nearly every english speaking movie from 1990 -2016 on the top 250 IMDB. barely started the book, I have a hard time reading these days, I usually just fall asleep.

 

I really loved Michael Crichton books, but Sphere was a let down. the books are not really relevant anymore, either. as is the case with many sci-fi

The original movie version of the Andromeda Strain was excellent. Crichton books to movies seem to be kinda out of the park, or strikeouts. 

 

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4 hours ago, RUPERTKBD said:

BTW, for Star Wars fans, Kylo Ren is loosely based on Han and Leia's son Jacen in the "Legacy of the Force" book series. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/series/SWF/star-wars-legacy-of-the-force---legends

 

Jacen turns to the dark side and becomes Darth Caedus. He is eventually killed by his twin sister Jaina....

But then Kathleen Kennedy came along and it didn't fit with her woke agenda of intersectional feminism so that all got axed.  The Thrawn trilogy would have made amazing movies instead of the rehashed Death Star and complete buggering of accepted Star Wars mythology. 

 

'Hey I just was given this light sabre by some fish woman but watch me hold my own vs a trained dark side user when Sith/Dark Side users have always been better light sabre duelists other than very select few Jedi....because you know...it's a female character. Also...I am a Palpatine but I am going to start calling myself Skywalker for some &^@#ing reason...'

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