Saturday, July 18, 2009

Weekly Geeks

The Geeks are talking movie adaptations: Our favourite ones, to be precise. And I have to own up to a deep, dark secret here: I have no problem with adaptations, unless they are extremely, excruciatingly bad. For example, I haven't seen The Seeker, the movie based on The Dark Is Rising, and I never will because the trailer alone makes me blind with rage.
I get changes for narrative purposes, but gratuitous changes for no reason anger me.
Um. My favourite adaptation is probably Lord of the Rings. And I'm not going to link to any trailers, because I haven't figured out how to do it properly.
Anyway. I will love Peter Jackson forever for making Lord of the Rings, and making it so … mere words fail me on my love for those films.
I also think the Harry Potter adaptations have been pretty good, although I'm not the biggest fan of No 5, Order of the Phoenix, but it's not my favourite book either. Half-blood Prince, however, rendered me nearly speechless. It's that good.
I'm probably going to think of a ton more later on, but a couple of others that spring to mind are Fight Club, and Stardust. And both for the same reason, oddly enough. I liked the endings of the films better than the endings of the books. Even though, in the case of Stardust, I liked the book better than the movie.
I can't express myself properly today. I keep forgetting that I'm too old to stay up until 3am.
I love books, and I love movies. And when one is turned into another, 99 times out of 100 I'm happy with the outcome. Or, I'm way too easy to please.
And as for books I'd like to see as movies ... the only one I can think of is American Gods. And I don't want it to be a movie. I want it to be an epic TV series because the book feels episodic to me.
Happy Weekly Geeks everyone.


pussreboots said...

I don't mind changes in narrative. You'll see that from the first recommendation in my list.

whereisrikki said...

I agree with you on Peter Jackson. o matter what he did before, no matter what he will ever do in the future, I love him to pieces for doing this LOTR. If I hadn't chosen P&P, I would have talked about LOTR, an absolute masterpiece.

anothercookiecrumbles said...

Should really see Lord of the Rings.. have been meaning to for ages.

I think I might be one of the few people who didn't really enjoy the Harry Potter movies. I thought it was just missing *something*.

Lahni said...

I can't wait to see Harry Potter. The only reason I haven't seen it yet is because my babysitter hasn't been available!
LOTR is fantastic, I 100% agree! And )speaking of LOTR, my verification word is "rings", how fitting!)

Kristen said...

I loved the Lord of the Rings movies as well - so well done!

damnedconjuror said...

The film adaptation of Fight Club is superior to the book. I'm not a fan of Chuck Palahniuk's writing, I just think David Fincher and the screenwriters were able to present Palahniuk's ideas etc better. I haven't read any of his other books so perhaps this was a one off (actually I read some of his short-stories and got bored). I might try again one day.

justareadingfool said...

Completely agree with you with Lord of the Rings, which seems to be two popular ones among participants this week. As for American Gods, I know Neverwhere was made into a BBC series (available on Netflix for free, I believe) and I could see American Gods as a series too.

Memory said...

I'd be all over an American Gods TV show. I think HBO could do some great stuff with the premise.

Carl V. said...

For me it all depends on the movie and book. I too will love PJ forever for making LOTR with the passion and dedication that he and all the other members of that huge team brought to the project. As for Stardust, I was very disappointed with it. I like the ending of the book so much better. It reminds me of the ending of the Aragorn/Arwen story where she makes the sacrifice to love him and stay with him knowing that she will live on and he will die. It is a more melancholy but more meaningful ending. Stardust the book has that same weight to it. I felt like them becoming stars was just tacked on to make it a feel good ending and I felt like it watered down the story. But that is a small quibble, there are many, many more things I didn't like about the Stardust film. It was good enough on some levels that I see why people like it, but my feelings for it have diminished steadily since I first saw it.

Neverwhere was actually written as a BBC series before the novel was written and Gaiman wrote it up as a novel because of his unhappiness with some aspects of filming the story on such a small budget, so it was more of an adaptation in reverse.