I'll start with James Sallis's "Drive"
The entire story of this movie was just one chapter in the book, but it expanded a perfunctory and mean episode clumsily dismissed by a bullet ex machina into a compelling drama, successfully extracting the pearl of value within the maundering angsty dross surrounding it.
>I was 11 when I read it though so yeah
In a similar boat here, read it when I was really young and thought it was dope shit... however, as I got older, I became incredibly aware of King's shortcomings, and (perhaps more importantly) aware of the potential of literature and just how much better books could be than King's, so judging by that, there's no question in my mind that Kubrick's movie (which I adore) is better than the book, or anything King ever wrote.
I hear ya, even though King's writing obviously isn't the best I still feel that The Shining is one of his best books and one of the times he really got it right, I also don't happen to be a huge fan of the movie...you lose out on the whole Jack and his dad and Jack and Danny dynamic which I feel adds an important layer to the story. If I read it again now though I might agree with you
The movie is pretty accurate to the book but I don't think it matters which one you read or watch first. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It's a quick read, maybe 120 pages. The film is simply one of the best films ever made.
This is correct. The biggest fan of Drive I ever met was also one of the biggest retards I've ever met and I don't think that's a coincidence. Only God Forgives, on the other hand, was way more interesting, ramping up the violence and stylization to the point where redditors just couldn't handle it.
What on earth are you on about? Only God Forgives is a completely vacuous film that only appeals to pretentious (literally pretentious, not internet-pretentious) sorts who call ten minutes of staring blankly at the camera to be "austere" and "minimalistic" rather than just what it is - diddly-squat.
This so much. But I like Heart of Darkness too.
Dick's novel went all over the place with its mutants and fake animals. It should have sticked with the job at hand and not try to shoehorn shit like that. The movie was way better.
the point in most dick novels is presenting you world, the plot is secondary. if you think that plot should be the only thing to focus on then I'd like to tell you that /lit/ isn't the place for you.
go back and read every word of Dick Halloran's dialogue. King should be banned from writing black characters. not whining about racism or anything, he just doesn't have an ear for it to the level that he apparently thinks he does
it's a p close call desu—which prob says more abt the book than the movie
I'm reading this right now. The movie should've had drawn out scenes of explicit gore, with Bateman narrating, such as:
I take advantage of her helpless
state and, removing my gloves, force her
mouth open and with the scissors cut out her
tongue, which I pull easily from her mouth
and hold in the palm of my hand, warm and
still bleeding, seeming so much smaller than in her mouth, and I throw it against the
wall, where it sticks for a moment, leaving a
stain, before falling to the floor with a tiny
wet slap. Blood gushes out of her mouth and
I have to hold her head up so she won’t
choke. Then I fuck her in the mouth, and after I’ve ejaculated and pulled out, I Mace her
Dunno man, I consider them different works.
I like the philosophy presented at the end of blade runner.
But I also absolutely adored the book.
I think Ubik and others by him are better, but PDK is still top tier writer and top 3 if not completely top in SF.
But I'm just a nerd though so I wouldn't really know, being biased like that.
The book was average at best. The bits from the sharks pov were great, Quint was different but equally as awesome as he is in the movie, and the last act was pretty good... but overall the book felt bland as fuck. The entire middle act was awful.
We got one of the greatest movies ever made out of it, though.
I really liked Peter Benchlys White Shark (it's the reverse of Jaws, where the book is GOAT and the movie is shit)