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  1. Diana Raabe
    Diana Raabe August 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm |

    I’m almost ashamed for not having read this book (which I would prefer to seeing the movie), but only on very, very few occasions does the movie live up to the printed word, don’t you think?

  2. Chain Reader
    Chain Reader August 12, 2008 at 3:26 am |

    This is probably akin to blasphemy for some people, but I hated the movie of Gone With the Wind. I loved the book, but watched the movie right after reading it, which was a mistake. I enjoyed watching To Kill A Mockingbird, but it had been a while since I had read it. (I have since reread it.) In my shallowness, I think I may have liked it because I think Gregory Peck is (or was) so handsome!
    A book is almost always better than the movie, but I think the more recent BBC adaptations of novels have been excellent. (North and South, Vanity Fair, and Bleak House are my favorites) I love to see the clothing and buildings of the time period and have a better picture of the story. They may stray from the original plot, but if it’s a good production, I’m okay with it.

  3. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid August 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm |

    Diana Raabe, it’s a great book! I’d highly recommend it. And yes, Chain Reader, I think part of my problem was I’d just read the book: a movie will never stack up to that!

  4. unfinishedperson
    unfinishedperson August 22, 2008 at 9:43 am |

    Whew. I can’t believe I’m behind on commenting, but I did want to comment. First, just briefly, I disagree with you on this one, BUT I know how you feel. I have the same issue with the movie The Grapes of Wrath and the book The Grapes of Wrath. The book is so much better than the movie. While I appreciate the cinematography of the movie, I think the director (John Ford) turned the story on its head to be a Rah-Rah America, capitalism works story when really that’s not what Steinbeck, a socialist, intended.

  5. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid August 23, 2008 at 3:02 pm |

    unfinishedperson, Glad you did like the movie! I am just not a movie person, I guess, because I always find a problem when I watch them….combine that with having just read the book and I loved it, and the movie had no chance!

  6. Care
    Care August 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm |

    It’s been years since I’ve seen the flick AND read the book, but I know the movie was first for me. This was a fascinating post – I enjoyed it. I am inclined to disagree with you, but I am not one to try and convince you that changing your opinion is necessary. If movies are not your preferred story telling medium, I suggest you might always skip the flick? PS I think I watched one of those “best of” shows recently and Gregory Peck IN THIS ROLE was #1 as best actor of a great character.

  7. Rebecca Reid
    Rebecca Reid August 29, 2008 at 6:28 pm |

    Care, I know I’m in the minority in disliking this one. I watched it because it had such rave reviews. But watching this kind of movie makes me dislike movies in general. Seriously, if this is great acting, I don’t want any part of it in any movie.

    Maybe it would have been better if I didn’t already have the characters in mind. I thought Gregory Peck was a horrible Atticus. Atticus was not so cold and stiff in the book.

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