Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 215: The Book was Better than the Film, or When it Wasn’t - Adaptations, Revamps and Sequels

March 27, 2020

Episode 215: The Book was Better than the Film, or When it Wasn't - Adaptations, Revamps and Sequels

 

What's better than a beloved book or film? The same book presented as a film or a series of sequels to a childhood favourite movie? Or maybe even a revamp or reboot of a classic? More of what you already love can only be a good thing, right? Well not always. In some cases not even most of the time. This week* the dragons are looking at books and films and TV series where an adaptation was better than the original; where the adaptation really wasn't better; and when the sequels or reboots surprise you by being better than the source material. Jules and Madeleine look at why a film is sometimes better than the book, and why some books just don't adapt well. On the slab this week - Beautiful Creatures, Star Trek in all its incarnations, The Witcher, Dr Sleep and many more.

(* Jules and Madeleine are well aware of the current pandemic and while they've decided to continue the podcast as entertainment and escapism, they do discuss it at the beginning of the podcast. If you would like to skip this, tune in at the 22min mark - it's a long episode!)

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic