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Twilight the book vs. Twilight the movie

So Twilight the incredibly-popular-bestselling-novel is now Twilight the incredibly-popular-box office-smash-hit-movie. I’m wondering: how much of the movie’s success reflects the army of Twilight-the-book fans’ approval of the filmmakers’ adaptation?

It seems like book readers go on high alert whenever Hollywood releases a book-to-film adaptation. There are high expectations that these film versions should be “faithful” to the books upon which they are based, especially if the original books are from the Harry Potter series, Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring novels, or other super-popular works like the Stephenie Meyer books.

Arguably, it’s rare for a book-to-film adaptation to actually be as good as the original work, let alone better. The DaVinci Code comes to mind: bestselling book becomes box office flop. On the other hand, there are those who believe that the three Godfather films are far superior to the original novel by Mario Puzo. Martin Scorsese adapted at least two nonfiction books for the movies: Gangs of New York, and Goodfellas. When filmmaker Stanley Kubric released 2001: A Space Odyssey, some fans of the novel by Arthur C. Clarke were so angered by Kubric’s treatment of the story they picketed theaters that were showing the film. Today, 2001: A Space Odyssey is considered by film scholars to be one of the best films ever made.

What do you think about book-to-film adaptations? Are there any you love? Any you hate? Did Twilight-the-movie live up to Twilight-the-book? Should Hollywood just get a life already and start writing more original screenplays?

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