Why some books make lousy movies

Sam, I am

Green Eggs & Ham: The Sequel

I love watching daughter read; she reminds me of wife. Both voraciously devour the words on the pages as they turn at a frantic pace. I used to read every chance I could as I was growing up. From Edgar Rice Burroughs ( a la John Carter) to Stephen King (The Green Mile), from All-Star Squadron (DC’s Avenger knock-off) to X-men, I would open the pages and smell that woody, clean and fresh flavor knowing and I knew I’d enjoy it. Lately, though, I have been an English instructor and always have a new book that I am teaching. Currently, I am teaching Ender’s Game to one class and The Alchemist to another. A month ago, we were reading Lord of the Rings and The Chosen. Combined with reading student papers, a beleaguering task, Reading at home loses priority. Currently, I have three books on my iPad, The Dome by Stephen King and Championship Triathlon Training by George Dallam on the Nook reader, as well as Rodale’s Going Long on iBooks app. Finally, my copy of Tucker Max’s I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell is on top of the bookshelf away from younger eyes. Either I am a multi-tasker or suffer from an attention deficiency.

Music lovers go through favorite singers and bands like water through a colander; people tend to be more reserved when picking a favorite author. I think they prefer genres of certain types, i.e. Detective, SciFi, Romance. Of course, when my students are assigned a new book, the first thing they want to know is whether a movie has been made from it. Some movies offer excellent screen adaptations while others suffer from worthless, mind-numbing dialogue . What do you think? What is the best or worst movie adaption from a book you’ve read? Add your comments and someone will be picked at random to get a mention in tomorrow’s blog (random really means that I agree with you the most).

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  1. #1 by skischulze on May 15, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Me first. Jimmy Smits in The Tommyknockers made me hurl lime green vomit; In fact, the only thing recognizable from King’s book was the eerie green light. Probably from a $2 light bulb. Not a big budget film, not a fan.

  2. #2 by Wife on May 15, 2012 - 6:42 pm

    The best movie adaptation? The Lord of the Rings series wins, save the addition of the ridiculous romance between Aragorn and Arwen (yuck…Liv Tyler’s lips…just as gross as her father’s), of course.

    The worst movie adaptation? The 1990 version of Stephen King’s “IT” wins the epic fail award. Jack Tripper??? I kept waiting for Suzanne Somers to leap in, ponytails and all. Actually, any King book adapted to a movie a crime against humanity.

  3. #3 by Wolverine on May 15, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    The best movie adaptation of a novel has to be Star Wars. This is a given being the amount of fanfare it has had over the last 35 years.

    The worst adaptation for movie vs novel is Beloved. Oprah Winphrey didn’t even raise the interest needed for me to finish the movie I spent $2.99 to see. Love the book and might give it a chance again but you need background information to feel what the characters are going through. Not well depicted at all in my opinion.

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