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This year's biggest book adaptations - and which ones are worth reading

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The only one I've read is American Gods. Didn't like it. Don't have any interest in the others.

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I'll watch T2 for sure (with some hopes, which may or may not be misplaced) and the two Atwoods perhaps. The rest look profoundly uninteresting.

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Pretty sure the T2 film has very little in common with Porno. Seem to recall Danny Boyle saying that a while back.


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As much as I enjoyed Porno (I think I've read it three times), it's hardly a masterpiece so I'm not planning on being upset by the film's likely lack of faithfulness to it.

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The Wilson stuff was far from my favouite of Daniel Clowes comics and that trailer doesn't exactly excite, still I will probably watch that one at some stage.

I'll watch the two Margaret Atwood ones as well, two fantastic books.

I'll likely watch Trainspotting 2, though I doubt I'll ever read the book.

I'm sure I'll watch Ghost in the Shell eventually too, though I've never read the stuff, have no intention of reading it and have never made it all the way through the anime movie, which is awful bollocks.


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American Gods was amongst the dullest genre shìt I've ever read, I'll probably take a pass on the TV show.

As much as I loved Gaiman's Sandman comics - and I really did love them - I've not taken to him as a novelist.... with the exception of Goods Omens, which I read about 25 years ago, before I'd even heard of Sandman.


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Glad to find another non-fan of American Gods - I never understood the hype for that thing.

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I foolishly glanced at Film General yesterday, and the most interesting* post was someone whining about other people whining about the conspicuous white-ness of the cast of Ghost In The Shell. Which I strongly suspect will be the most interesting thing about it.

(* by most interesting I mean least soul-crushingly tedious)

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Most of the books/movies in the list sound like crap. The Handmaid's Tale is an amazingly boring, unpleasant book. Fifty Shades is such an ineptly written series full of monotonous filler. Daniel Clowes' writings regularly turn me off as well. I'm doubtful that The Dark Tower would translate to film very well, but it's a good excerise in world-building; the story becomes full of tedious filler starting around volume 4.

Ghost in the Shell might be nice, but it sounds similar to too many other robot girl stories. I find Neil Gaiman overrated. His Sandman started out as an interesting concept but, became all-over-the-map and started moving its goalposts back and forth in a willy nilly manner after a short time. Coraline was a nifty one-layer novelty item. I've never read any longer Gaiman novels. I've never read Trainspotting or any Irving Welsh work, but Danny Boyle movies usually put me off. I'm unfamiliar with Dave Eggers, but if the rest of his work is anything like the Wild Things screenplay, then it could probably use an editing key.

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I've just read Wilson, one of the other novels on the list. So boring and unpleasant, just like Ghost World. I don't understand the appeal of Clowes.

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Just picked up The Circle (my first Eggers book) because I'm interested in its premise.

I'm concerned with Emma Watson as the lead: she's a decent actor, but not great. Do you think she will pull it off?

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I enjoyed Alias Grace more than I expected and will keep an eye out for that.

Could the writer of this piece look more like a lesbian Guardianista?

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Could the writer of this piece look more like a lesbian Guardianista?

It's like she's daring you to say something about it...


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