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Old 08-20-04, 08:48 PM
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Repost from different forum - Movies that Inspired you to Read the Book?

Note - Repost from the DVD Talk forum as i figured this was the better place to post it... deleted the old one

I was just reviewing my collection and it thinking of all the Movies that made me want to go out and read the book..

For me, it's Trainspotting (also read Porno, the sequel. Very good).

Fight Club (read every book by Palahniuk by now, I'd really like to see his other works translated into film.

and A Clockwork Orange.

what are yours?
Old 08-20-04, 08:56 PM
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Day of Wrath inspired me to read Ray Carney's "Speaking the Language of Desire: The Films of Carl Dreyer " which is out of print and I had to hunt down.
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Stephen King's It
The Stand
Salem's Lot
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I don't read much but the 2 that come to mind are....

Lord of the Rings. yes, I saw the first movie first and I know I'm not alone.
The Stand

Also way back when the movies were new I got the book adaptions of Aliens and the Terminator.

I'm not much of a book reader anymore. I read enough on the net
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The Count of Monte Cristo (Richard Chamberlain Version)
The Three Musketeers
The Man in the Iron Mask
War and Peace, yes I actually finished the book.
The Caine Mutiny
Moby Dick
Inside the Third Reich
Captain Hornblower (Gregory Peck Version)
Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone Versions)
Roger Corman Edgar Allen Poe Movies
Dracula
Frankenstein
Cromwell
Les Miserables

....and many more

Most I read during my college years.
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Harry Potter is the only one that I have finished. Im half way through Prisoner of Azkaban now, and cant wait to get to the ones that there arent movies for because it wierd reading a book you know the story to. I tried to read Red Dragon after the movie, but never finished it.
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Both Forrest Gump and Princess Bride inspired me to read the books they were based off of. In both examples, it is one of the few times I've enjoyed the film 100% more than it's print source.
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Hmmmm not much lately but in the past in High School i know i picked up SPHERE, JURRASSIC PARK, THE RELIC, and MISERY.
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I read The Longest Day after seeing the movie...think that's the only one that i saw the movie first.
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I usually read the book before but one or two that I read after were the Star Wars trilogy and Contact.
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Fight Club
The Exorcist
The Shining, IT, Pet Semetary, Salem's Lot, etc...
Requiem for a Dream (reading it now)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
A Clockwork Orange
American Psycho
All Quiet on the Western Front
Frankenstein
Psycho

i have a bunch of others sitting on my bookshelf that i haven't had time to read yet.

All the President's Men
Naked Lunch
Rosemary's Baby
Dracula
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Most were because I heard the movie was coming out.

The Abyss
Jaws
Silence of the Lambs
Hannibal
Jurassic Park
Star Wars IV & V
Along Came a Spider
Kiss the Girls
What Dreams May Come
Bridges of Madison County

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Originally posted by devilshalo
Most were because I heard the movie was coming out.
Same reason here. I trust the rule that says the book is probably better than the movie is going to be.
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I usually read the book before the films are released but a couple got passed me:

Lord of the Rings trilogy + The Hobbit
Jurassic Park
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

I plan to find the story Secret Window was based on just to see if it was a poor adaptation or the source material was bad to begin with.
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A Clockwork Orange
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Harry Potter and Seabiscuit
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These inspired me to read the books:

LOTR and The Hobbit
The Princess Bride

These I saw before the movie, but I don't recall if one perticular movie inspired me to check out the author:

Several Crichton - Jurassic Park, Andrameda Strain, maybe Congo. I read several before they were movies.

The Frim. Maybe some other Grisham- A Time To Kill, The Client. I can't recall If I saw them before or after the movie.

The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger. I didn't see Patriot Games until after I read the book.

Cujo, Carrie, Christine, The Shining, The Running Man, Stand By Me/The Body. I have read almost all of King's significant publications before 1992. Though I didn't start reading him until 1989 so I saw many as movies first.

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Fight Club
The Exorcist

Usually I try to read the book first.
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simon birch=a prayer for owen meany (my all-time fav book and fav author now)

the firm=liked the book a lot (more than the film)

bridges of madison county=but that was a loooong time ago!

princess bride=couldn't get through the book, i think i remember thinking it was just too close to the film so i put it down.

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surprisingly, Battlefield Earth, that movie was so bad, that I thought that the book must have been good, if people were willing to throw that much money at it. and i wasn't wrong. it was a great book! too bad the movie was that bad.
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Fahrenheit 911 got me to read Dude, Where's my Country. Excellent on both parts.
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Master and Commander &
The Far Side of the World

I'm a Patrick O'Brien fanatic now...
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Uh.... the book was an adaptation of the film....

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