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Re: What you reading

Postby rigger » 17 Nov 2019, 09:22

NottinghamWhite wrote:
LAsouthcoast wrote:Jack Higgins:- Cold Harbour


Great author loved The Eagle Has Landed much better book than movie but isn’t that usually the case ?


Almost always.
Just trying to think of a few that maybe buck the trend, or at least hold up as well :

Blade Runner
LOTR

Both change certain aspects but certainly in the case of Tolkien's story I felt the movies removed a lot of the material that made the books a bit of a slog at times.
Of course, they then put it all back in when they made The Hobbit a trilogy :eh:
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Re: What you reading

Postby Another Northern Soul » 17 Nov 2019, 10:06

LOTR films better than the book?????


Blasphemy! (Sort of) :P

The Exorcist, the first two Omen films, MASH, Shawshank Redemption (I'm cheating with that TBF), any good Shakespeare adaptation :D
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Re: What you reading

Postby rigger » 17 Nov 2019, 10:56

Another Northern Soul wrote:LOTR films better than the book?????


Blasphemy! (Sort of) :P

The Exorcist, the first two Omen films, MASH, Shawshank Redemption (I'm cheating with that TBF), any good Shakespeare adaptation :D



No, I think they both are superb.
I did say hold up as well as in the original post.

I stand by the "editing" done by Jackson for the movies, though - they were better paced than the books, I thought.
I really love the middle one where we spend time with Gollum as the party splits and everyone makes their separate journeys across Middle Earth.
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Re: What you reading

Postby Another Northern Soul » 17 Nov 2019, 12:22

rigger wrote:
Another Northern Soul wrote:LOTR films better than the book?????


Blasphemy! (Sort of) :P

The Exorcist, the first two Omen films, MASH, Shawshank Redemption (I'm cheating with that TBF), any good Shakespeare adaptation :D



No, I think they both are superb.
I did say hold up as well as in the original post.

I stand by the "editing" done by Jackson for the movies, though - they were better paced than the books, I thought.
I really love the middle one where we spend time with Gollum as the party splits and everyone makes their separate journeys across Middle Earth.



I love the LOTR films, quite like The Hobbit ones as well, they're all astonishingly good.

I suggest that in a way comparing books with films is like comparing grapes with wine. That's a silly analogy I know. I remember reading the LOTR trilogy for the first time when I was out of work in my teens and felt even then that 'there's too much bleedin' singing' in the books :D

Just remembered one film I think is miles better than the book and that's the original Frankenstein. Whale's 'take' on the book is so different to the novel - it's hardly even a novel IMO - while Dracula the novel is miles better than any of the million films, IMHO.
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Re: What you reading

Postby rigger » 17 Nov 2019, 12:59

Oh, I disagree completely about Frankenstein.
I thought the book was amazing !
So much more human than any movie depiction IMHO.

Similarly, Dracula as a novel is astounding - one of the finest pieces of fiction I've ever read.
The Coppola movie with Gary Oldman and Keanu Reeves is the only film that gets anywhere close to the original plot, though the 1970s BBC adaptation was remarkably similar too. Apparently they're doing a new version soon - I won't hold my breath ..
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Re: What you reading

Postby ChilwellWhite » 19 Nov 2019, 10:07

LAsouthcoast wrote:Jack Higgins:- Cold Harbour


Found this on the book case that for some reason I haven’t read, yet.


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Re: What you reading

Postby Davycc » 22 Nov 2019, 20:24

Does writing it count ? I did read it when I finished it. Davycc AKA Glen Gormley :D

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The Thrones Murders by Glen Gormley AKA Davycc available at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1686297025
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Re: What you reading

Postby LAsouthcoast » 02 Dec 2019, 19:01

Enjoyed Cold Harbour and now about a third through another Jack Higgins book, A Season in Hell.
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