Marquez at the Movies

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2 sides of the love triangle.

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In the latest iteration of the time-honored tradition of turning beloved book into big screen bonanza, I give you Love in the Time of Cholera. The book has been passed from reader to reader for more than 20 years, and if its climb to the top of the bestseller list just last month after Oprah selected it for her book club is any indication, the printed pages have stood the test of time. Will the movie be so lucky? What's your favorite movie adaptation? And which translation just really didn't work for you?

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Well, the most interesting converstation was the shortest. Best adaptation is the Russian version of Solaris, best bad adaptation goes to Children of Men (nothing like the book) and worst adaptation is a tie: all the movies that take the original ending of the book and make it into a Hollywood style "happy ending" so Mr and Mrs America will not be bummed out.

Also in the category of "movie version better than the book" the winner is the Godfather. And under the category "book much better than the movie"...The English Patient.

Sent by George from Oregon | 4:09 PM | 11-13-2007