Love the Book, Hate the Movie? A Debate on iVillage

Change the ending of Pride and Prejudice for the new movie version, just to suit American audiences? Leave out important characters '- and about 400 pages of plot '- in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Add characters and an enormous amount of detail to E. Annie Proulx's short story Brokeback Mountain for the big screen?

 

Literature has been taking a beating this holiday season, as books and other works are adapted for celluloid at any cost.

Are you happy with what's being done, or are you boycotting certain films because you don't want to see your favorite works decimated? Do you think some movies actually get it better than it is on the page?

Here's a quick rundown of the season's top book-to-film transitions. Pride and Prejudice: The U.S. version of this latest adaptation is eight minutes longer than the one released in England, all for an extended embrace between Elizabeth Bennett (Keira Knightley) and Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen) that was not in the Jane Austen novel. Sacrilege? Memoirs of a Geisha: Arthur Golden's best-selling novel took a while to get to the big screen. Are you happy that director Rob Marshall didn't recast the Asian parts with American actors? Brokeback Mountain: E. Annie Proulx first published her short story in the New Yorker in October 1997, shortly after which producer and writer Larry McMurtry bought the screen rights. Did they do a good job tuning it up? Or would you rather have seen Proulx finish her own work? The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Maybe we're so used to seeing screen versions of C.S. Lewis's story that another one hardly matters, even if it does have thrilling special effects. Does this one hit the mark or would you rather kids be enticed to read the book? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Turning a 734-page book into a two-hour movie that will amuse everyone from three-year-olds to 83-year-olds is a daunting task. What did you miss most? Syriana: Okay, so maybe Robert Baer's memoir, See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism, isn't a classic. But lots of books like this get turned into movies, and most of them take huge liberties with the facts in order to tell a good story. Is that too slippery a slope? Jarhead: This Gulf War film, based on the memoir of a soldier, is a prime example of a real story turned into a big-budget fantasy with a glossy star at the helm. Does it bear any resemblance to the edgy, controversial original? Bee Season: Myla Goldberg's novel became a sort of cult classic among aficionados of magical realism. Do you think her mysticism translates to a movie, where Eliza's visions are reduced to floating letters on the screen? Shopgirl: With all the narration taken directly from Steve Martin's novella, the movie version isn't so different. When an adaptation is that literal, does it get boring?

What do you think? Now's your chance to talk back to the big-time Hollywood executives!

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