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18th Aug '16 3:28:44 PM Tre
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* ''Film/{{Dune}}''. Creator/DavidLynch took a ''lot'' of liberties in the 1984 adaptation. The film's biggest hurdle, though, was telling the story in less than six hours -- if you've read the original, there's a reason its first volume is divided into three "books". [[SciFiChannel Syfy's]] [MiniSeries, ''Frank Herbert's Serires/{{Dune}}'' and Creator/Frank Herbert's ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'', were much more faithful than David Lynch's film, though they still took a few liberties. Such as increasing certain characters' roles, and downplaying or outright removing other characters.

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* ''Film/{{Dune}}''. Creator/DavidLynch took a ''lot'' of liberties in the 1984 adaptation. The film's biggest hurdle, though, was telling the story in less than six hours -- if you've read the original, there's a reason its first volume is divided into three "books". [[SciFiChannel Syfy's]] [MiniSeries, [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]]'s MiniSeries, ''Frank Herbert's Serires/{{Dune}}'' Series/{{Dune}}'' and Creator/Frank Herbert's ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'', were much more faithful than David Lynch's film, though they still took a few liberties. Such as increasing certain characters' roles, and downplaying or outright removing other characters.
8th Aug '16 7:21:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Richard Matheson's novel ''Literature/IAmLegend'' has been adapted to film four times in four wildly different adaptations: ''Film/TheLastManOnEarth'', starring Creator/VincentPrice; ''Film/TheOmegaMan'', starring Charlton Heston; ''Film/IAmLegend'', starring Creator/WillSmith; and TheAsylum [[TheMockbuster mockbuster]] ''I Am Omega'', starring Mark Dacascos. Not a single one of those adaptations is faithful to the book.

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* Richard Matheson's novel ''Literature/IAmLegend'' has been adapted to film four times in four wildly different adaptations: ''Film/TheLastManOnEarth'', starring Creator/VincentPrice; ''Film/TheOmegaMan'', starring Charlton Heston; ''Film/IAmLegend'', starring Creator/WillSmith; and TheAsylum Creator/TheAsylum [[TheMockbuster mockbuster]] ''I Am Omega'', starring Mark Dacascos. Not a single one of those adaptations is faithful to the book.
3rd Aug '16 5:45:41 AM sabrina_diamond
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In print, special effects are easy; in film, they are expensive. In print, describing a character's thoughts is normal; in film, a voiceover is seldom acceptable. In print, a story can take days to read; in film, audiences won't sit still for more than a few hours. Getting round these problems means [[AdaptationDecay changing the story, for better or for worse]].

One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not [[AdaptedOut cut altogether]]), or important book-related plot points or dialogue may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that [[AudienceAlienatingPremise no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."]]

Sometimes the film is so successful [[AdaptationDisplacement the book gets forgotten]]. Other times, the book is still read long after the film is forgotten. In the middle ground, the book will probably be republished with a cover based on the movie poster and "Now a major motion picture!" or something emblazoned on it.

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In print, special effects are easy; in film, they are more expensive. In print, describing a character's thoughts is normal; in film, a voiceover is seldom acceptable. In print, a short story can take days to read; in film, audiences generally won't sit still for more than a few hours. Getting round these problems means [[AdaptationDecay changing the story, for better or for worse]].

One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) ''three'') hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not [[AdaptedOut cut altogether]]), or important book-related plot points or dialogue may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that [[AudienceAlienatingPremise no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."]]

Sometimes the film is so successful [[AdaptationDisplacement the book gets forgotten]]. forgotten over time]]. Other times, the original book is still read long after the film is forgotten. In the middle ground, the book will probably be republished with a cover based on the movie poster and "Now ''"Now a major motion picture!" picture!"'' or something else emblazoned on it.
28th Jul '16 3:34:24 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/TheConstantNymph'' by Margaret Kennedy and the 1943 film starring Creator/JoanFontaine''.
25th Jul '16 8:23:12 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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16th Jul '16 7:14:41 AM darkchiefy
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* ''Literature/TheSecretAgent'' by Joseph Conrad was adapted into the film Sabotage (1936) by Alfred Hitchcock. The film had a number of changes such as turning Verloc's shop into a Cinema and Stevie is portrayed as an ordinary schoolboy
29th Jun '16 8:15:43 PM MsChibi
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One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not [[AdaptedOut cut altogether]]), or important book-related plot points or dialogue may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."

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One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not [[AdaptedOut cut altogether]]), or important book-related plot points or dialogue may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that [[AudienceAlienatingPremise no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."
"]]
29th Jun '16 8:14:49 PM MsChibi
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One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not cut altogether), or important book-related plot points may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."

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One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not [[AdaptedOut cut altogether), altogether]]), or important book-related plot points or dialogue may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."
29th Jun '16 8:13:51 PM MsChibi
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In print, special effects are easy; in film, they are expensive. In print, describing a character's thoughts is normal; in film, a voiceover is seldom acceptable. In print, a story can take days to read; in film, audiences won't sit still for more than a few hours. Getting round these problems means changing the story, for better or for worse.

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In print, special effects are easy; in film, they are expensive. In print, describing a character's thoughts is normal; in film, a voiceover is seldom acceptable. In print, a story can take days to read; in film, audiences won't sit still for more than a few hours. Getting round these problems means [[AdaptationDecay changing the story, for better or for worse.
worse]].
21st Jun '16 9:22:47 PM jormis29
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* Creator/JamesPatterson's first two novels, ''Along Came a Spider'' and ''Kiss the Girls'', became films.

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* Creator/JamesPatterson's first two novels, ''Along Came a Spider'' ''Film/AlongCameASpider'' and ''Kiss the Girls'', ''Film/KissTheGirls'', became films.
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