Everybody has been frustrated when a good book gets turned into a bad movie. There are times however, when a good book becomes a good movie as well. I can even think of one not so good book that got turned into a pretty good movie.

I would be interested in hearing what books you think got turned into good movies.

Some for me are
The Marathon Man
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Hunt for Red October
The Exorcist

I want to thank J. A. Greystone for his discussion "Books not yet turned into movies" in the Book group for triggering my thoughts on this.

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Dennis Lehane's Mystic River and Gone, Baby, Gone made good movies.

Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men made a good movie (we'll see this weekend about The Road!)

Loved the 1992 version of Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans (possibly my all time favorite movie), though it is quite different from the book.

John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let the Right One In (vampire movie) was awesome.

Finally, I'm really looking forward to the new version of Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me.
I can't believe I forgot Last of the Mohicans. What a great book. What a great movie.
Yeah, I'm interested in seeing what they do with The Road too, Chris. I couldn't put the book down - really engrossing. Going to check it out this weekend.
I'm looking forward to seeing The Road as well. Great book. But the review I just read of the movie said they messed it up by putting flashbacks to the man's wife in it. The reviewer surmised that the movie makers decided that adding a woman would add appeal, so it wasn't a movie just about men, about the father and son. But come on.....that's the whole point of the story!
There were flashbacks to a woman in the book, too. The boy's mother, who killed herself while he was still younger (but old enough to ask about her) because she didn't think they'd ever survive.

Fight Club
The Bourne Series
Fight Club was good. It was a little different from the book (from what I can remember), but Fincher's direction is excellent.
When I heard that "True Grit" was a book before it was a movie, and that it had been ruined by being put on the big screen, I assumed that the complaint was true. But it was done by Charles Portis purists who seemingly wanted a word-for-word adaptation of the novel. The truth is, the movie was remarkably true to the book, including quite a bit of the dialogue. The ending was a bit different, but frankly, the movie's ending was better than the book's ending, which was long, tedious and depressing, rambling on after the significant parts were concluded.
I don't mind a movie being a bit different from the book, as long as it's true to the original story and good. They're different mediums, and can't expect to be identical.

That said, the Will Smith version of I Am Legend was awful in its differences from the book. The changes made there didn't make sense to me, and the original story was so much better to begin with. That one irritated me.
Don't forget "The Omega Man", only a slight resemblance to I Am Legend.
Yeah, that's right.
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