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Books and movies Part 2

Book and movies Part 1 lists movies that successfully capture the literary plots that inspired their production. More often--as readers complain--a movie seems to use little more than a book's title.

With Peter Jackson's The Hobbit sequel in the theaters, Tolkien's fantasy classic has regained prominence. Though lacking the light feel of the book, Jackson's version draws on outside Tolkien material to capture Tolkien's overall vision of Middle Earth.

And then there are those wonderful anomalies: movies which depart completely from their origins, yet are remarkable pieces of theater in their own right. Even better, sometimes such a movie will provide a new perspective on a novel's material. It captures the feel, the aura, of the original text even if it departs substantially from the original narrative arc.

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