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Gang Stalking – Off Topic – PostaDay 2011 – Can a movie be better than the book it was based on?

What examples come to mind? Or is it sometimes just a matter of which version you see first, as that will define the story for you, regardless of which version was made first?

From my experience, the book has always been better than the movie it was based on.

I remember when I read “To Kill a Mocking Bird”.  I felt in love with the maid in the book.  She was a heavy-set, black woman and very loveable.  I saw the movie and I loved it, but…when the maid came on, I was very disappointed.  She was black, but very thin and, while loveable, she didn’t have that huggable quality the maid had in the book.  The maid in the book interacted with the children very often.  In the movie, hardly at all.  In the movie, she was just a maid who came in to cook and clean and disappeared

On the other hand, I first saw the movie   “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”.   While watching the movie, I was confused by the Indian in the movie.  He looked and looked, but never said anything.  I wondered if maybe he was deaf.  At the end of the movie, we get a hint of what was going on with him.  I had to read the book to understand the movie.  In the book, everything is from the Indian’s voice.  He speaks about what is going on in the hospital.  I understood why he did not speak in the movie.  The book was way better at explaining things.  I really liked the Indian in the book.

I guess when I read a book, I have to use my imagination and things are, somehow, way more interesting.  The movie doesn’t let me use my imagination.  It’s all right there in front of me, so I don’t have to think about anything.  And when I read a book, I stop when I want to and am able to think about the characters and what they’re all about.

So in my  opinion, a book is better than a movie anytime of the day.

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Gang Stalking – Off Topic – PostaDay 2011 – What film have you seen more than any other? When was the last time you saw it? Who were you with?

I know you want to know about a film I’ve seen more than any other, but there are two films I’ve seen equally. One is “To Kill a Mocking Bird” and the other one is “Casablanca.” Both films I saw within two weeks of each other, which was about two weeks ago.

I could see “To Kill a Mocking Bird” over and over and not get sick of seeing it.  Every year, I see it at least 8 or 9 times.  Each time I see it, it’s like seeing a new film.  There’s usually something in the movie that I missed the other times I’ve seen it.  The last time I saw it, I noticed that Gregory Peck was a lot heavier in the movie than I previously remembered.  And the actress who plays “Scout” was wearing a terrible wig.  Things I missed the other times.

The movie “Casablanca” I’ve seen as many times as I’ve seen “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  To me “Casablanca” is the ultimate love story.  Bergman and Bogart were perfect actors for this film.  They both played their parts so well.  In the movie, they’re in love each other, but because of circumstances, it is a love that can never be.  It takes place in Morocco during the Nazi regime.   Rick is a café owner and Ilsa comes into his café.  They knew each other in the past and by coincidence end up in the same place at the same time.  As they talk about the past, they both realize they’re still in love with each.  But.  Ilsa is now married and waiting for her husband to come pick her up at the café.  I absolutely love this film.  If you get a chance, see it.  See it with someone you love. I absolutely love the old movies, especially those made in the 1930s.  By the way, I visited Casablanca because of this film.

I’ve seen both films at different times with different  people.  The last time I saw both films, I  was by myself.

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