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Posted on July 21, 2015 at 10:02am Post #1
So I read Dobbs's book a while ago and it was some old version of it, publishing date long before TV series came out. And < SPOILER > it ends with Francis getting exposed and commiting suicide < /SPOILER >. Few weeks ago I came across the new version of it (cover based on tv series graphics etc) and I found out that the ending is complete different and similiar to tv shows ending.

What do you think of it? Will successfull adaptations be able to to change whole meaning of the books just because it differs from the show?

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Ula Zarosa

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on July 22, 2015 at 11:03am Post #651
I think TV series and movies should always go their separate way. So I usually don't care if adaptation is accurate and matching the original concept unless it's a biography of a real person - than I really like if it's as meticulous as possible. But when it comes to my favorite TV shows like "Game of Thrones", "House of Cards", "Orange is the New Black" or "Sex and the City" I don't really care about the books. I treat it as something totally separate but I think Tomek (OpenBooks.com CTO) decided not to watch the "Game of Thrones" series because it separates from the book quite often.
So I guess if adaptations are changing meaning of books that's OK because maybe it means they are just better?

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 10:43am Post #660
Of course, adaptations may and probably even should differ from original, but here the case is different: adaptation was not only different from original, but popularity of tv show ended up with changing the original book.

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Tomasz Staniak

OpenBooks.com Team
Posted on July 23, 2015 at 1:52pm Post #663
On the contrary - I've stopped watching GoT because it was too close to books I've recently read (at that time) to amuse me.

I love film adaptation of Dune by Lynch because it was meant to be so close to the book and I hate Enders Game because it's not (and it sucks on so many other levels). I love Lord of the Rings for NOT being too close to the books and so on. It's really just a matter whether each other medium can enhance the story, but I'm rather against changing the story of a book just because a movie proved to be more popular. Those are different worlds influencing us on different levels of perception and have their own limits - you don't have CGI, budget and time limits in your imagination, and because of this a book can (and should) give you a more sophisticated background for the ending to come. Which in fact means that the story in the movie may differ and even end a little bit different because of the limits of the medium and sake of plain-simple entertainment.
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