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  • I agree, Silence of the Lambs was an excellent translation and an amazing film. Books to film are so difficult to do that it's easier to pick out the good ones and assume everything else is bad. It's not even that the movie leaves out parts of the book -- that's just going to happen unless the original is less than 100 pages or so. It's that the movie hits the same tone as the book, has the same rhythm.

    I usually don't even bother seeing the movie if I've read the book because I know I'll be disappointed. Lord of the Rings was an exception, and I went ahead and saw A Beautiful Mind even though I knew hollywood biographies of even semi-complex people suck.

    Off the top of my head, here are a few adaptations I can think of that were good movies as well as good adaptations. (So for instance I leave John Grisham books out since the fact that they're good adaptions is because his books are all plot.)

    • Manhunter
    • Stand By Me
    • Shawshank Redemption
    • Pet Semetary
    • The Hot Rock
    • Primal Fear
    • Primary Colors
    • L.A. Confidential

    There are a ton more, but it's quite early :-) There are probably some I didn't even know were adapted from a book, and also many movies for which I never read the book, so all the E. M. Forster stuff is out because I'm a lazy bastard :-)

    There were other movies I liked (e.g., The Natural) that weren't good adaptations. There are also some movies better than the book, like The Godfather.

    • I agree, Silence of the Lambs was an excellent translation and an amazing film.

      Yep. I think the only thing that was changed in the movie was that Hannibal's cell was on the other side of the hallway, and had iron bars instead of a plexiglass wall.

      Hannibal on the other hand was a different matter all together. I read it as soon as it came out, and I could never shake the sense that this book was explicitly written to not be made into a film. It was way too gory, even by hollywood standards. Nevert