April 28th, 2005

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Movies and Books

Everyone always gripes when a book they love gets "mangled" in the translation to the silver screen. The common wisdom -- among those who bother to read, anyway -- is that "the book is always better than the movie."

Here's a challenge: come up with a movie that was better than the book upon which it was based.

I can think one right off the top of my head, and it's an extreme example: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The book, Who Censored Roger Rabbit, is justifiably forgotten, one of those "parodies" that relies on a poorly-concieved gimmick for its "humor".* The movie, however, is an all-time classic.


*You know the type.
"Let's do a Star Trek spoof where all the characters are furries!"
"Okay, got any good jokes in mind?"
"Dude, they're furries!!!"
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