Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Read 'Em Before You Watch 'Em!

Or why you should read these books before the movie comes out:

300 (Frank Miller)

- Because the movie follows Miller's AWESOME style, so you'd want to see how AWESOME the comic is before you see the movie which is probably going to be AWESOME as well.

Stardust (Neil Gaiman)

- Because carriages drawn by goats may sound fairly plausible in a book, but on screen it looks a little dumb.
- Because trust me, you'll want the images of Charle's Vess's illustrations in your head whenever you recall the story; not that of Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro and Claire Danes.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (J.K. Rowling)

- Because although I hate to admit it, the books are actually a lot better than the movies...
- Because you'll want to see how this sluggish, under-edited 1000 page book can be turned into a 2 hour long movie

Prince Caspian (C.S. Lewis)

- Because this is MY favorite Narnia book, and it should be yours too
- Because you should read about Reepicheep first before they turn him into the token talking-animal-comic-relief in the movie

Tales of Earthsea (Ursula Le Guin)

- Because the previous TV show SUCKED
- Because Studio Ghibli likes to change the original story a lot. Never mind that it's Hayao's son doing this one.

Northern Lights aka. The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)

- Because you don't want to keep thinking of Lord Azrael as James Bond.
- Because armoured bears may be cool when you imagine them, but may look stupid when movie directors imagine them.

Charlotte's Web (EB White)

- Because Dakota Fanning is annoying.
- Because Julia Roberts's voice is annoying.
- Because talking animals in books are great, but on film, they're mostly annoying.

Nancy Drew (Carolyn Keene)

- Because... er... uhmm.... hmmm... er....... oh, never mind.

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