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    Biggest rape of a book.

    This is my humble attempt to bring the community together with a wacky conversation about something. So here it goes:

    Have you ever seen a movie that was originally based on a book that you loved? But then the movie took a poor approach to the book and ended up with something that was either lacking or just plain stupid? I know i have Biggest rape of a book.

    I will start the post by throwing in Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis. Even though the movie was not bad, it rushed and left many vital details out in the dark and made the characters relation in movie confusing because of loss ends that was not catched up with.

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    Resident Evil

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    The instruction manual?
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    The Thirteenth Warrior, based on Eaters of the Dead, by M Crichton. Sure the book wasn't stellar, but the movie sucked.

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    Yeah, I remembered watching The 13th Warrior till the end, and then wondering what the whole point was.
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    Another Crichton Timeline, the book wasn't bad but the film was a giant flying turd.
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    yeah 13th warrior kinda suck.....its utterly impossible for someone to suddenly speak another language in 1 night.
    After all, dog is a dog. A duck is a duck. But a cat is a person.
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    Frank Herbert's Dune.

    Both the theatrical and SciFi channel versions suffered from severe creative, financial and acting neglect. I wish they had done nothing.
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    I thought he learned the language over a course of several nights shown by the drastic change in weather. Also I though the 13th warrior had some merit considering its lack of really big celebrities shows its smaller budget than most films. Since I've never read the book I suppose I have no idea what I'm talking about.
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    For the most part, I think making adaptations from literature is very much an uphill battle. Movies have to deliver a fairly consistant flow of plot development in a very short ammount of time. They do this mostly at the expence of character development. With books, the pace can be whatever the auther thinks it should be too. Sometimes you really want a really good sense of a time span and rather than a simple little segway (5 years later or something), you stay with the character durring that time.

    The Lord of the Rings is a good example. In the book (after the lengthy prologue giving you a detailed history on hobbits), Frodo first meets gandalf for Bilbo's eleventy'first party which is also partly his as it's his 33'rd birthday. Gandalf tells him about the ring, blah blah blah, he has to leave the shire...So he builds himself a new house, sells Bagend, and doesn't even leave for Bree untill he's 50. Then he meets up with Tom Bombadil, the Barrow Wight, Farmer Maggot, etc. Eventually (miraculously) he gets there... Imagine the exodus of theater walkouts there would've been with our society's short attention span and a opening like that!
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    I hate to add another Crichton book but the movie version of Rising Sun was piss poor. They got rid of the underlying racial squabbles completely
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    On that note, The Lost World was also terrible while the book was very good. Movie studios just need to leave Crichton alone it seems.
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    Movie studios just need to leave Crichton alone it seems.
    No, I think they just need to put some damn effort into it. Its not like his books instantly make a good movie, but that is how they treat it, and don't give them any real thought. Crichton has good stories, but the films don't reflect that.

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    You know what the one thing is I never really understood.

    Books from films.
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