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Recently, I discovered one of my favorite books of all time – “The True Meaning of Smekday,” by Adam Rex – is being adapted into a movie! It’s going to be an animated film called “Happy Smekday!” by Dreamworks, starring Rihanna and Jim Parsons as the voices of the two main characters, to be released in 2014. I’m EXTREMELY excited for the movie! The book is deliciously wacky and unique in terms of the characters, premise, and humor. Which makes me a little bit worried, because what if the studio changes some of it?! My precious book!

I’m sure everyone has experienced this to some extent – either fretting about a movie-to-be, or going to go see a movie adaptation of a book and finding out it isn’t everything you wished for. I don’t know if anyone else saw the movie Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, but it was not what I was hoping for, especially since I loved the book. Share your fanboy or fangirl book-to-movie adaptation woes below!
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I read both smekday books and movie
(- _ -) 3/16/16
 
This pretty much sums up my life right now waiting for the Fault in Our Stars movie...;)
RowAn 4/26/14
I'm glad people can relate to this comic!
 Emma  6/3/14
 
How about Tuck Everlasting? It was a good book, but in the movie they changed so many things!
Bonzelle 8/17/13
I haven't seen the movie, but I'll take your word for it! Chapel would probably hate that.
 Emma  9/20/13
 
haha! this reminds me of a scene in the Disney movie "Tangled"!
AudreyTheDisneyGirl 6/16/13
That's funny, I watched the movie after drawing this comic, but you're totally right!
 Emma  7/27/13
 
This happened to me earlier in the year! I found out one of my favorite book series, Vampire Academy, would be made into a movie. All I did was sulk because they would wreck it with vampire stereotypes..
Xynn 4/6/13
Aw, that's a shame...it can happen to even the best books!
 Emma  4/11/13
 
Omg... you mentioned PJaTO THE HORRIBLE MOVIE FROM TARTARUS. I am one of the most obsessed PJaTO (and HoO) fangirls you'll ever meet. I cried after the movie. They ARE making a second one, but they're FOLLOWING THE BOOK this time, and Nathan Fillion is Hermes, so I'm HOPING they do it right, but I'm remaining skeptical till I see it
Raye: Daughter of Hades 3/8/13
Lots of Chapel readers are PJO fans, so you're in good company! I'm doubtful about the second movie, if only for the sole reason that making Percy older in the movies removes a lot of his charm in the early books...
 Emma  3/8/13
Not too mention that completely wrecks the Great Prophecy. At least in the books he had some time to cope with the idea before he turned 16!
5/21/13
 
Movies are never as good as the books (except for Stand by Me), though sometimes they get close. Dreamworks does some wonderful stuff. I hope you're not disappointed. You also have to appreciate that they've named the movie something different from the book.
Max_Writer 10/21/12
Yes...I'm still concerned, despite ADORING Dreamworks' stuff!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
I did much the same thing about Harry Potter 7 Part 2, and I also kind of freaked out when I found out that my favorite book ever, Hattie Big Sky, is going to have a sequel.
10/12/12
This also happened with the City Of Ember. I WANT them to make a sequel, but since nobody liked it (HOW COULD THEY!!!) will they still make it?
10/12/12
Those two comments were me too.
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
City of Ember got made into a movie? I must go watch it!

As for me, I'm hoping my favourite book, Abarat, by Clive Barker will someday get made into a movie.

An awesome movie.
Kit 2/19/13
Oh, that's amazing! I hope it'll turn out how you'd like!
 Emma  11/1/12
 
I read the book and dreaded the changes that the film-makers would make for the movie "John Carter" almost four years ago(it's based on "A Princess of Mars" from Edgar Rice Burroughs' "John Carter of Mars" series--first published in 1912 with the title "Under the Moons of Mars"). There were several changes in the movie (yes) but the overall skeleton of the story was extremely close to the book and leaves the important cliffhanger that was in the book so that there can be a sequel to this version of the story (yay!). Now the only thing I'm worrying about is "WILL there BE a sequel?"--since it's been labeled a flop by critics(*sniff*) (FYI: this is a 16-year-old talking)
Rosesage 10/8/12
Oh, that's a shame! I hope you'll like it anyway!
 Emma  11/1/12
It rocked! Highly recommend it! (the books too--don't worry it's not too hard to read the writing style)BTW, my dad, who's an illustrator, illustrated a one-volume-trilogy of the first three books that is available from barnes and noble books.
Rosesage 1/14/13
There's also a petition on change.org that's campaigning for a sequel if anyone would like to sign it.
Rosesage 1/14/13
 
I feel the same way about Percy Jackson AND the Harry Potter series!
Clockwork Wombat 9/18/12
Oh yeah, I understand...Percy Jackson was a disappointment to me...
 Emma  11/1/12
 
I have to agree with the Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief. I'm still not over that, the wound is still fresh.
Bookbelle314 9/1/12
Yes...it definitely is...
 Emma  11/1/12
Percy Jackson is still salt on an open wound to me. WHAT WAS PERSPHONE DOING IN THE UNDERWOLD IN THE FIRST PLACE! Also it looked like they were 16 instead of 11
11/18/12
Eh...according to Greek legends, Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and taken to the Underworld....

Wait, was that necessary for me to reply...? Am so sorry! ><
DarkwingLady 11/3/13
 
Just remember, no matter what happens they CAN'T change the book. It'll always be there on your shelf, just like you remember it.
GillWeary 8/30/12
So true....
Miss L.S.P 8/30/12
Yes, exactly...
 Emma  3/8/13
 
They might cut out Tom Bombadil completely. Oh wait, wrong book series. Carry on...
Dominic 8/29/12
What series is that?
 Emma  8/30/12
Lord of the Rings
thatpandabitca 9/1/12
Ah, I see.
 Emma  11/1/12
I know that feel.
thatpandabitca 9/1/12
 
Are you going to APE this year, Emma?
Miss L.S.P 8/28/12
Yup, I just was guaranteed a table! I'll make a more formal announcement about it closer to the date with my table number and other info. Are you thinking of coming?
 Emma  8/28/12
Yes! I really hope I can... I don't know though...
Miss L.S.P 8/28/12
I can't... I wish I could but I live on the other side of the country...
Ginny Weasley fan 10/13/12
 
This is very reminiscent of me...

Chapel, just hang in there!
Riv 8/27/12
Reminiscent in what way? Are you waiting for a movie right now?
 Emma  8/28/12
 
I read the commentary and when I saw the name Jim Parsons, I wanted to see the film right away regardless of what it's about. He portrays one of the main characters in my favorite TV show, "The Big Bang Theory." I don't know if you have ever watched it, Emma, but if you haven't I highly recommend it. It's really funny!
Andrea 8/27/12
I'm not a big fan of "The Big Bang Theory," but I do know who Jim Parsons is! He has the PERFECT voice for the character he's voicing, very nasal and slightly whiny. I'm really pleased with that casting, because he'll be good for the role. I recommend you read the book before watching the movie, though (you do have until 2014)!
 Emma  8/28/12
Since more thought and effort normally go into the storytelling in the book, I find that reading the book first often makes the movie seem disappointingly incomplete (regardless of how well they made it), but seeing the movie first generally takes nothing away from reading the book (which normally has a richer tone and surprising details, even if the movie was very faithful). And the book can be especially satisfying if its overwriting the memory of an atrocious film adaptation.
Whims 9/4/12
 
I absolutely ADORE the Hunger Games. But when I saw the movie, I can't help but say I was somewhat disappointed. They left out one of the most important characters in the book, and changed one of the parts COMPLETELY.
Andrea 8/27/12
I had heard they cut Madge and that they had cut, what the person I was talking to considered important, parts out like Katniss's search for water took maybe five minutes in the movie and she was near water sources for most of the rest of it.

One of the things that almost always suffers in movie adaptations of books is the time scale. People are more willing to take longer with a book, but a movie has to be around two hours or shorter. Many books just can't be told in two hours of screen time and they usually can't divide it into several movies.
blaidd gwael 8/27/12
Sometimes it makes me wonder if they actually read the book instead of the author just telling them the main plot.
Andrea 8/27/12
Well, what I found interesting about the Hunger Games movie is that supposedly the author Suzanne Collins actually wrote the movie script.
blaidd gwael 8/27/12
Oh, really? That's cool!
Andrea 9/1/12
Well, Suzanne Collins actually wrote the movie script! I personally thought it was well done.
 Emma  8/28/12
Personally, I'm usually SUPER critical of book to movie adaptations, and I thought it was amazing. The cuts they did make felt seamless, and I wasn't upset by them at all.
 Emma  8/28/12
I liked the movie! Personally I thought that if they did have to cut something out, Madge was the thing to be cut...
 Emma  8/28/12
Without Madge the pin really loses its significance and meaning.
blaidd gwael 8/30/12
I liked the movie but agree that Madge was to important to be cut out. The book was much better in my opinion.
doodlefox 8/28/12
 
I thought you were referring to the Hobbit... XD They won't ruin THAT one! I'll have to check out The True Meaning of Smekday though. If I saw it on the shelf the title would get me to pick it up.
werekitty13 8/26/12
Yes, definitely pick it up! It's wonderful!
 Emma  8/28/12
the hobbit is set to be a trilogy release. i have seen some clips of it and i had to strap myself into my seat it was so awesome! I for one welcome it. Besides, i read the hobbit before i read the lord of the rings.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/26/12
I'm excited for it, plus Martin Freeman is in it!
 Emma  8/28/12
Same thing, I read the Hobbit first. I suppose that can't be that uncommon, but whatever.
blaidd gwael 8/27/12
I tried reading the Hobbit, but it was a bit dry for me...
 Emma  8/28/12
 
My favorite book is The Outsiders! I adore the book but they BUTCHERED the movie. However that makes me a little worried for Unwind, the movie, because the book is deliciously creepy, and that is just the kind that makes movie maker KILL it.
8/26/12
They're making Unwind into a movie?! I must see it!
werekitty13 8/26/12
I didn't know about it either! Granted, I did read the book when I was 10...
 Emma  8/28/12
Oh, I enjoyed Unwind! I feel like some of the book's creepiness will be difficult to translate to screen, though...
 Emma  8/28/12
yeah like (sorry to spoil) but that whole deal with Rolands Unwinding
9/5/12
 
... is that Barnaby's T-shirt I see over in the bottom left panel, from his first appearance?
Emily14 8/25/12
i don't see one, but i do see a fez cap! fez caps are cool!
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/26/12
Yup, that's there too!
 Emma  8/28/12
Yup, sharp eye! They're his jeans, too, although it looks like he ripped them in the interim. Plus, the other thing on the line is another Chapel dress, which confirms that she does in fact have more than one!
 Emma  8/28/12
 
Angelic layer poster! :D
doodlefox 8/25/12
Yup! Good eye!
 Emma  8/28/12
 
Yeah, I was a fan of the Eragon trilogy and the books were great, but when they made a movie they murdered it.
blaidd gwael 8/25/12
I haven't read the Eragon books (I tried the first one and wasn't too crazy about it), but I did hear from friends that the movie was horrible. What in particular was bad about it?
 Emma  8/25/12
Well, at least when compared to the book they cut what I would consider the center of the first book. That being the traveling and learning Eragon does with Brom and the breakneck race across the other half of the continent where he gets to know Murtagh. In the movie most of the traveling was cut out or skipped over. The closest I've ever come to being fanboy over something was in 7th grade with the Eragon books.
blaidd gwael 8/25/12
Ah, I see...that's a lot to cut out!
 Emma  8/25/12
Well, being a movie they decided to fill it with the major battle at the end of the book instead. As well as a few of the ones from during their travels.
blaidd gwael 8/25/12
Oh, I see...
 Emma  8/28/12
 
You say it's inspired by real-life events of yours... like all your strips? :)
Sasha 8/24/12
Not all my strips are inspired directly by things that've happened to me, and Chapel's reactions are usually very different from my own...
 Emma  8/25/12
do you do the laundry like chapel does? i swear that is the sillyist look on her face as she runs to get the cloths off the drying line.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/25/12
Nope, I don't really do the laundry. I do the dinner dishes, though.
 Emma  8/28/12
 
A number of books I love have been ruined by film adaptations. It's gotten to the point where, unless it's universally critically acclaimed, I know it's best to just avoid it.

Some, like "Howl's Moving Castle", "Blade Runner" and "The Shining" are best if treated as two different stories altogether, since the movies and books are all masterpieces, but they are NOT the same story, but that's rare. Usually it's just that Hollywood rips apart a book to make a crowd-pleasing movie, but not a good one.
Zachary Totz 8/24/12
The worst cases in recent years have been "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (attempting to shove American humor into an already finished script by one of Britain's most unique comedic voices doesn't work at all), "The Time Traveler's Wife" (cutting out the most important part of the plot was obviously going to ruin it), and "Watchmen" (because when you're dealing with a story Terry Gilliam found too dense and complex to make into a solid movie, the best option is to find someone with a penchant for slow motion and zero sense of subtlety... riiight...).
Zachary Totz 8/24/12
I will have to defend the Watchmen movie, just on the basis that it promoted skeptical thing, and only on the basis of a stand alone project. I'm not a fan of Snyder, and they did remove enough of the original that I was a bit disappointed, but just as a movie, I couldn't find anything bad to say about it. The one character I didn't want them to mess up, Rorschach, actually beat my expectations.

Outside of that, you're right. the Hitchhikers Guide was bollocks, as they somehow made one the most hilarious and interesting books I've read into a mess of mediocrity and uninteresting.
evilrizwiz 8/24/12
I personally liked Watchmen, but must admit to a complete unfamiliarity to the source material.
I find my movie going experiences tend to be better that way.
Miles 8/24/12
Movie experiences are often better if you don't know the source material, but that's just because the source material is so often better!
 Emma  8/25/12
No one has mentioned How to Train Your Dragon. Boy, did they ever change the basic premise. My husband loves the movie. I finally brought home the first 7 books and at the end of the seventh, he said. "They ought to make a movie out of this series." Ha, ha ha!
BookWorm604 9/8/12
I'll admit I'm not too familiar with Watchmen (when it came out my parents said I wasn't allowed to go see it) but I did hear mixed reviews of it. Rorschach sounds like a very interesting character, though!
 Emma  8/25/12
Oh! Almost forgot "Coraline" where they weakened the title character by taking her from an independent and intelligent girl whose curiosity gets her into trouble, and intelligence and quick-thinking get her out again, to just some kid whose trouble-making MALE friend gets her into it, tthen has to rescue her.

Such [expletives censored] crap!

Great animation, but it RUINED the plot and title character!

(Not to mention all four HORRID Dr. Seuss movies from the past decade or so. The less said about those abominations, the better!)
Zachary Totz 8/24/12
The last two Seuss movies haven't been total garbage; It's much like the Dreamworks movies used to attempt stealing numbers from Pixar. The other two movies though... I'd rather not say. You're right, the second live action movie was so horrid that even the internet wants to forget about it.
evilrizwiz 8/24/12
I saw "Horton Hears a Who," which wasn't horrible, just quite forgettable and bland honestly.
 Emma  8/25/12
I didn't think Coraline was that bad, but they did strip the titular character of her agency in the ending -- that was my quibble with the finale of the movie.
 Emma  8/25/12
Yeah, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"'s movie was horrible, but the books were amazing. I will however admit that they got weirder towards the last few books.
blaidd gwael 8/25/12
I really enjoyed the books! Did you know that back in his days at Apple my father met Douglas Adams? Adams apparently taught him how to make tea the "proper" way, but my father has sadly since forgotten the secrets.
 Emma  8/25/12
Of those brought up, I've only seen "Hitchhiker's," but I do agree it wasn't the best rendition. The humor in the original is so subtle, wacky, and self-aware in a way that doesn't easily translate to screens, much less Americanized ones.
 Emma  8/25/12
Yes, I agree with you completely. That's why I'm especially worried about "Smekday" and its movie adaptation, simply because it's very unique and Hollywood tends to make things more conventional in order to sell tickets.
 Emma  8/25/12
 
i feel the same way the amory wars is being made into a movie woohoo luckily they have mark whalberg to back it marky mark and the funky bunch anyone?
Yarin 8/24/12
I haven't heard of that movie...
 Emma  8/25/12
good lord, i remember when they spun off from New Kids on the Block. ><
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/25/12
Hmm? I hadn't heard of that...
 Emma  8/28/12
that just goes to show how old i am... (sob)
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/28/12
consider yourself lucky you dont remember the 90's lol although those were to golden years for cartoons also My precious book love that
Yarin 8/31/12
also new doctor who comes out on saturday
Yarin 8/31/12
its a series by a guy from a band theres comics and a full book by peter david
Yarin 8/31/12
 
I was also quite disapointed with the Percy Jackson movie. I've read the Hunger Games but i haven't seen the movie... apparently it's good. And they got permissiom from suzanne before changing anyhting. My favorite movie is Howl's moving castle, which was adapted from a book...my friend read the book and said she disliked it very much and she loves the movie...
coco 8/24/12
Actually, the Howl's Moving Castle book is very good. The movie is wonderful too, but I find I have to treat them as two separate narratives. The book has much of the same plot, but the ending is different in a way that actually ties up all the loose threads...once you read the book version, you realize the movie had lots of plot holes because Miyazaki changed things. Still, both are wonderful, just in different ways.

The Hunger Games movie is possibly one of the most faithful book-to-movie adaptations I've ever seen, because Suzanne Collins wrote the entire script! You should definitely see it!
 Emma  8/24/12
I think I will read Howl's Moving Castle. I watched a "how hunger games was made last night. It was very interesting. I don't know if I actually want to see the movie :)
coco 8/24/12
You should read Howl's, it's a fantastic book!
 Emma  8/25/12
know I'm late joining in the conversation, but there are two books that come after Howl's Moving Castle that were never adapted into movies. I love both the book and movie version of Howl, but the other books, Castle in the Air and House of Many Ways I loved too! :)
I recommend them if you haven't read them! (btw, Castle in the Air is not to be confused with Miyazaki's OTHER movie, Castle in the Sky.)
Ava 8/26/12
ohhh and by the way guys! my drawings are in the latest Stone Soup! I'm super happy :D......if you get the magazine, look for the story I'm Home
Ava 8/26/12
I'll keep an eye out for it! I'm so excited!
 Emma  8/28/12
What did you illustrate?
coco 8/30/12
Oh! I liked those illustrations! :)
coco 9/2/12
I've only read Castle in the Sky, but it was SO GREAT. I loved that it carried on the tradition from Howl of subverting fairytales, but went to middle-eastern fairytales after Howl's focus on Western ones.
 Emma  8/28/12
So sad that the author Diana Wynne Jones passed away recently but she wrote a lot more books to enjoy including the Chrestomanci and I loved Dogsbody.
BookWorm604 9/8/12
Harry Potter, nearly all eight movies are good reproductions of the books. In particular, the first couple of movies are nearly identical stories given the differences between the mediums.
blaidd gwael 8/25/12
They were quite good movies, but they did have to cut out quite a bit of the source material. In my opinion, there wasn't anything that the Hunger Games movies took away from the books, and the changes that were made improved upon the books actually. That's why I said I thought they were more faithful/better than the HP movies...
 Emma  8/25/12
 
i don't know about the book, but i know Rihanna is a kiss of death actress. She's a good singer and all, but the last movie she was in (battleship) sank quick.

btw, what happened yesterday? this site was offline. is everything alright?
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/24/12
Yup, everything's fine, it was just that our database went down! And well, let's hope Rihanna does an okay job. Luckily, she only has to voice act!
 Emma  8/24/12
 
Adaptation, the movie, should be included in the list of good & bad adaptations -- but that's the point
Nic Cage 8/24/12
I've seen the movie! I thought it was very enjoyable because of the self-aware humor. I haven't, however, read the book...but you get a lot about the book from the movie!
 Emma  8/24/12
 
Despite all the worry, she just can't wait)
Elm 8/24/12
Nope, Chapel can't wait at all! It's a love-hate relationship, I suppose....
 Emma  8/24/12
 
What I've been being a fanboy over, for years at this point, is The Dark Tower, by Stephen King. Three major movies and two TV seasons to bridge the gap between the movies. Even though this should be a lot of content, most of Kings work has been notoriously reinterpreted. I just hope that for how long it's taken for this to come to fruition that it manages to stay true to -most- of the story.

Just remember when enjoying virtually any media; when the medium for the content changes, either from a comic, a TV or movie, or a book, to an entirely different medium, not everything can get across. So the best thing to do is to enjoy it with very low expectations.
evilrizwiz 8/24/12
Yup, that's usually exactly what I do -- go into the movie with low expectations. I did that with the Hunger Games movie, and ended up being VERY pleasantly surprised. I haven't read The Dark Tower, do you recommend it?
 Emma  8/24/12
Some of the content in the majority of King's work should be read by a more.. mature audience? Not to mention that the first couple of books are a little.. muddled. It's like watching a two hour movie where the first hour is all set up, and you start getting any return in the second half. Hope this makes any sense x_x
evilrizwiz 8/24/12
That reminds me of a book I read that took forever to get started and was incredibly boring until it did. It took me forever to actually get around to reading the whole thing. It was "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke. All in all I ended up liking it, though. I swear it felt like the first 80% of it was set up and it was a thick, (3 inch?), book.
blaidd gwael 8/25/12
Sometimes books with a slow start end up being really amazing. A good example is "1Q84" by Haruki Murakami, which I read recently and really enjoyed. At 950+ pages, though, it's quite hefty.
 Emma  8/25/12
Hm, the book I was referring to is smaller than I remember (closer to 2 inches). However at 846 pages it isn't small.

Wow... both books you've mentioned sound very interesting and I may have to pick up copies for myself.
blaidd gwael 8/25/12
Don't worry, I'm plenty mature for King's work...and yup, that does make sense!
 Emma  8/25/12
 
There are good adaptations, too. "Coraline" was absolutely brilliant in both book and movie form.
I've read the book a while ago, and hadn't watched the film until recently, at my cousin's place. His wife really liked it, but she missed that it is an adaptation - Coraline the movie stands on its own so well you can't even tell it wasn't originally made for screen! So don't worry, some of them come out right.
Kuban 8/24/12
I LOVE the Coraline movie adaptation, despite there being quite a few changes to the book! Most of the changes I actually thought improved upon the source material in terms of expanding it. The only things I didn't like were the changes to the ending, but the movie was so wonderful otherwise that it's still one of my favorite movies ever. I'm glad you like it, too!
 Emma  8/24/12
 
One movie they did really horrible in was the recent diary of a wimpy kid movie(Dog Days)....I've read the book, and the movie included things where I have no idea where they got from....
Miss L.S.P 8/24/12
Oh, and I love the expression in panel 3...
Miss L.S.P 8/24/12
Thank you! I thought that was a particularly good expression, too!
 Emma  8/24/12
I liked the book version, but I never bothered to see the movies, because they got bad reviews...
 Emma  8/24/12
I actually thought this most recent one did have some pretty funny parts in it...
Miss L.S.P 8/27/12
 
Percy J. turned out absolutely horribly. I do believe I might cry if they decide to do Sea of Monsters. It will have nothing to do with the first MOVIE if they do it RIGHT.
Cj 8/24/12
I know they pretty much killed the movie! Almost nothing went by the book!!!!
Mika 8/24/12
Gosh, it was a disappointment...
 Emma  8/24/12
Gosh, the movie was horrible! They changed a lot of things, even crucial things that they would need to make MORE movies, which goes against their strategy of getting a cash cow! Plus, a lot of the charm was lost when they cast older actors in the kids' roles...
 Emma  8/24/12
 
Awww... Judge Dredd. Why, Stallone, why? I blame Rob Schneider personally. (I did enjoy the nod to the ABC Warriors, and some of the visuals of the movie... but the way it was all put together .not good). I hope Karl Urban as Dredd is much better.
I know Judge Dredd is not a book, but it is a series with a rich history in 2000AD.
Miles 8/24/12
I haven't heard of Judge Dredd yet...what's it about?
 Emma  8/24/12
Judge Dredd is a law bringer in a post apocalyptic America, in Mega City One (which covers the east coast of the Americas). The Judges got the powers of law enforcers and judges all rolled into one.
Like I said, a rich history in the 2000AD Megazine in the UK. Stallone portrayed the Judge in 1995, and though in the comic, one never sees the face of Dredd behind his helmet, Stallone spent most of the movie with his head unadorned. Also, Rob Schneider was in the movie for comic relief (I guess?), and while Judge Dredd stories sometimes have an element of the absurd or comic elements, I just felt like Rob's character was... not a good fit.
I am skeptically wary about Karl Urban as Dredd,a nd trying not to let my familiarity with the source material mar my potential enjoyment of Dredd, coming out in September, but like you, I am cautiously optimistic, and fearful at the same time.
I'm going to get my friend SpiderMatt to watch the movie and only after read my many graphic novels of Judge Dredd, so that he will have an unjaundiced opinion of the movie (whether in and of itself it is good or not).

Anyway, I really like it.
I figured with all of the familiarity with Doctor Who, and BBC's Sherlock you may have been exposed to it. It's okay that you have not been, though.
=D
Miles 8/24/12
Ah, that sounds really interesting! I may look it up.
 Emma  8/25/12
Also, an example of a good adaptation, in my opinion, was Fight Club.
Event though there were some changes to the movie (including the ending) it still held up well, and did the book justice (though I think I prefer the book's ending, despite it being the more pessimistic of the two).
And had I not seen Fight Club, I would not have started reading all the works of Palahniuk. I enjoy ALMOST all of his stuff.
Though, you know, it's for an older audience. Probably even most teenagers shouldn't read it until they are 25... they tend to try and act out parts of the books to disastrous effect.
I still need to read his rerelease of Invisible Monsters Remix. Too many hours of University this semester!
Miles 8/24/12
That's a bit of a generalization to make about teenagers! Anyway, I've been meaning to see Fight Club soon, simply because it's a classic.
 Emma  8/25/12
You'll note I said "most". ;D
I know I would likely have fallen into misadventures because of his writing when younger, and I certainly have been in quite a few misadventures in my time (and still get in even now!)
Miles 8/25/12
Um, about Judge Dredd Miss Emma, the orginal comic is ultra graphic in all sorts of ways. I'm just warning you.
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 8/25/12
I'm sure I'll be fine, but thank you!
 Emma  8/28/12
Ah I see! XD
 Emma  8/28/12
 
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