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A Movie Poll

I'm at work, I feel like crap, and I might go home in a very short period of time. I'm feeling nauseous, and someone else is out of the office with the flu. I'm also bored. So check out the poll, it was inspired by heidi_13 :) If I didn't give enough space to put your "why" in the poll, leave a comment.

Actually, comment anyway. :P

Poll #414549 Books and Movies

Which book-based movie adaptation disappointed you the most?


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Jan. 7th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Usually I love hese things but for this one I have no answer. I have read only one novel from cover to cover and it was never made into a movie so....

Please don't shame me for being non-literate

Oh and I hope you feel better.
Jan. 7th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
Heh, it's ok. I've had enough bad experiences reading books then seeing the movie, to know that the movie is almost always disappointing, but I when I went to fill in the poll, I honestly couldn't remember any movie in particular except for the one I chose.
Jan. 7th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
It took some thinking, but I chose The Running Man. I actually saw the movie first, as a kid, and liked it for what it was at the time. Then, a bit later, I read the book (or, rather, the short story). And in retrospect, the story was WAY better! It wasn't at all the way the movie was done up. It didn't have the glossy game show and the cheezy bad guys. It worked much better as a story, and had way more realism to it.
Jan. 7th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
I can't say that I've seen that one. If I do, I'll remember not to read the book until afterwards.

This is how this poll started, I had made the comment that I try to never read a book before I see the movie, because I've been so disappointed in the past. But then when I went to fill out the poll, I couldn't remember any of the movies I thought were such a terrible adaptation of the book, except for my more recent selection.

I think I'm going to use this as the nomination poll and then have a new one that ranks them :)
Jan. 7th, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
It's a bad '80s movie with Ah-nold. Based on a short story by Stephen King. Arnie is falsely accused of war crimes, and in the future, the punishment involves being sent on this game show where he has to make his way through a bunch of bad guys who try to kill him as he goes through various "theme" areas. In the story, the guy isn't a big ol' musclebound guy, and he doesn't go up against lame villains. Instead, he's let loose on the streets, and he has to make his way through that and survive with people after him. That makes more sense to me.
Jan. 8th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
Anything by Stephen King. Yup, his books are always better than the movie adaptations.
Jan. 8th, 2005 01:49 am (UTC)
There are a few Stephen King books that made good movies. The Shining being the most obvious choice. But I think Christine and Cujo were also both good adaptations. And even though I didn't care for his Forrest Gump accent, Tom Hanks did a good job in the adaptation of The Green Mile. Pet Sematary, my favorite Stephen King book and the only one I have read multiple times sucked ass as a movie. Running Man was sooo loosely based on the short story that I really don't even consider it an adaptation. Oh...Misery was also a good movie.
Jan. 9th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
The movies were good, yes, but compared to the book they were short of the mark. The poll asked about adaptations, and the movies never equal the book. At least not for me.
Jan. 9th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
I Am Ed Yuban!
Worst adaptation of all time would have to be Lawnmower Man. If you can find this short story, you should get it just to see how ridiculously bad it is. Rather than a retarded man who gains power through virtual reality motocross games, it's about a minion of Pan who mows lawns for a living and, if things get out of hand, he chops people up. It's up there with "10 O'clock People" for Dumbest Idea Stephen King Ever Pulled Out Of His Ass.
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I Am Ed Yuban!
Heh, the one short story of his that I have read and really liked, was "The Body" which got made into "Stand by Me"
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know if you'll get this email notification, but where did you go?

Do you have a new journal? I'd love to add it :)

Jan. 9th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
The only one that I can think of, where I actually both read the book and watched the movie, was "Stand by Me"

And while the movie was good, I think you're right, the short story was better.
Jan. 8th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
I Am Ed Yuban
Since the Livejournal/SixApart gestapo hijacked my account, I can't see the poll. But, put me down for "anything by Stephen King."
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I Am Ed Yuban
What's funny, is I can't see the poll either anymore.

Very strange!
Jan. 9th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
This is Ed Yuban. I have a new Livejournal account because they hijacked my old account due to my not being able to prove I am over 13. This new account, while not proving that I am over 13, seems to work just fine. Because Livejournal is smart.

I have added you to my friend list. You should remove "reved" and, if interested, add "tehbfj". Thank you for your time.
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)

This is really strange, I don't have my birthday year on my info, yet they haven't asked me for age verification yet.

Hmm... very interesting!
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Livejournal has always strived to suck a little more often for me, it seems. This is my third account. I would have been an early adopter if they occasionally pulled their heads out of their butts.
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
Can you see the poll now?

For some reason I can't see it.
Jan. 9th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to look at porn right now.
Jan. 9th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
The Notebook;

The book was absolutely amazing; and I was so thrilled when the movie came out - but it just wasn't...that good. It was kinda too cheesy and hokey in some parts that I was just kinda...whatever.

The movie was good; and everyone I know that saw it but didn't read the book thought it was excellent...It just can't compare to the actual book!

Of course it could be cause I was in the mid-teenage years when I read the book and I look at things differently now ;)
Jan. 10th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
I understand completely!

I loved the Bourne Supremacy until I read the book. They were so loosely based on each other, it wasn't even funny.
Jan. 10th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
One good one is Stuart Little. For those who haven't read the book, the movie and the sequel are based on different chapters of the book. I'm actually looking forward to seeing if they'll do another chapter some day.
Jan. 10th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I shall add that to my list of books I'd like to read :)
Jan. 10th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
wow! I inspired someone! cool....

Well, I'm not sure I can decide on just one.... one that made me verrrrry angry and disgusted was Forrest Gump. They totally twisted the whole thing up and around and through.

To all Hollywood types out there: Don't fuck with a good story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan. 10th, 2005 03:32 pm (UTC)
I've heard a lot of people say that about Forest Gump. Interesting... very interesting.
Jan. 11th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)
They totally changed the nature of the female character to make a moral "family values" type statement about society. In the book, she's not like that at all....and it's Forrest who makes the marginal decisions
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