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ge2002bill Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2014 8:20 a.m. PST

Last month I watched my copy of Jurassic Park The Lost World again. Like most of those who watch movies several times, you know what will be said and will happen. So I paint and look up once in a while to see favorite scenes or perhaps look off to the sides of images to see something new placed there by the director. When the movie ended, I stopped painting to watch the end credits in detail for something – anything – new – and there it was.
The movie was adapted from the book The Lost World by Michael Crichton. Umm, no the book was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. So I checked. Stephen Spielberg asked Crichton to write a new novel entitled The Lost World. Well for Pete's sake! I like Doyle and thought why?
I found the book at Half Price Books and read it in a few days. It was that good --- AND --- the thing is --- the movie and the book are barely the same. Hardly at all actually; 1% perhaps.
NO PROBLEM for me at all. As far as I am concerned the book gave me the opportunity to enjoy a brand new Jurassic Park story. I am very happy about that. There have been three movies and this book is a fourth story.
I read the original book a few years ago. It was closer to the first movie. So I suppose I have now enjoyed five different Jurassic Parks.
And I await the next movie too.
So if the book and movie don't match, so what, is the view I hold for myself. I got something extra….
Bill P.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2014 8:42 a.m. PST

It's like picking up the book for The Godfather.
while the movie is perhaps one of the greatest movies ever made, the book is nothing but a fun read of a trashy story.
Oddly, the book enhances when I rewatch the movie, due to some details that the movie is faithful to but are in the tall grass.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2014 8:43 a.m. PST

BTW, Michael Crichton is the king of the "When Amusement Parks Go Bad" genre of novels. grin

Maddaz111 Inactive Member11 Apr 2014 11:57 a.m. PST

the difference between the film of book one and book one is a country mile…

And the film "Jurassic park, the lost world"… is more like king kong?

and Lost world, is nothing like the lost world…

Smokey Roan Inactive Member15 Apr 2014 4:18 p.m. PST

So many bad movies were spawned by bad Crichton novels.

13 Warriors, Deep Star Six, Congo just at the top of my head.

His writing is especially bad if you read any of his work pre 2000. He can't help being a "techno" writer, and the on and on about teh new cell phone tecmology, going into detail about phones the size of garbage cans, is laughable. And unintentional laughable at that.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2014 12:23 p.m. PST

Someday, someone will give a group of them a billion dollars to make a WWII (or Napoleonic or whatever) movie and 800 million of that will go to building thirty 'perfect' Tiger tanks (or outfitting 150,000 Estonian National Guardsmen as Imperial French in 1809)and forty-five minutes will be spent on a slow pan of either expenditure (two hours in the "Extended Version"). The rest will go to liquor, hookers, Snickers Bars and pizza and the movie will make Heaven's Gate look like a model of restraint and Showgirls a model of cinematography.
And folks on this site will still bitch and moan that the wheels of the Tigers were incorrect for the front they are being portrayed or that the French uniforms have used the wrong blue and that the brass buttons are too yellow in color.

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