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Old 2012-09-06, 01:10
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So which do you like better, the book or Blade Runner?
Interesting point, actually - I like them both in very different ways.

To be honest, Blade Runner is hardly a faithful adaptation and I think the name change reflects that. Whereas DADOES is a much more surreal experience, Blade Runner strips things down and focuses on what works in the context of a film and I think that's something that a lot of book -> film adaptations could do with more of. I think they're both utterly fantastic and definitely play to the strengths of their respective media, and as such stand up well on their own merit.

Also, Blade Runner is definitely one of my - if not my absolute - favourite film(s).

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I've read one PKD collection. Good stuff, but the anti-communism running through everything does get a bit wearing after a while.
I must admit, I have totally missed that - though, as I mentioned, my knowledge of PKD is limited at best I'm afraid!
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Old 2012-09-06, 01:27
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Interesting point, actually - I like them both in very different ways.

To be honest, Blade Runner is hardly a faithful adaptation and I think the name change reflects that. Whereas DADOES is a much more surreal experience, Blade Runner strips things down and focuses on what works in the context of a film and I think that's something that a lot of book -> film adaptations could do with more of. I think they're both utterly fantastic and definitely play to the strengths of their respective media, and as such stand up well on their own merit.

Also, Blade Runner is definitely one of my - if not my absolute - favourite film(s).
I could not have said it better myself actually. After living in San Francisco for 3 years now, I've gone back into the book and I can't actually picture the book taking place in S.F. I guess my memories are forever tainted because I saw Blade Runner years before I ever read DADOES.
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Old 2012-09-06, 02:00
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Children of Men - old but good.
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Thanks for all the recommendations Lots to look at. I got stuck into 'Chilhoods End' by Arthur C Clarke again last night. I've read it twice before in paperback but I'd bought it again a few months ago for iBooks. Couldn't resist starting it again. Fantastic book
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Old 2012-09-06, 10:07
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I could not have said it better myself actually. After living in San Francisco for 3 years now, I've gone back into the book and I can't actually picture the book taking place in S.F. I guess my memories are forever tainted because I saw Blade Runner years before I ever read DADOES.
See, I thought that would happen when I read the book but in my head they were both completely different entities and I imagined the book very differently. I'm not sure why, but for some reason I was able to completely disconnect one from the other.

Definitely need to read it again at some point!
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Old 2012-09-06, 19:03
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See, I thought that would happen when I read the book but in my head they were both completely different entities and I imagined the book very differently. I'm not sure why, but for some reason I was able to completely disconnect one from the other.
That's a good skill to have indeed. I'm sure many book-to-movie conversions would sit better with me if I was better at treating them like their own entities. For me, it becomes difficult to disconnect them when I read the dialog in the book, and I remember the actor in the movie reciting the same lines.
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@Garland: Prolly helps then that there are no shared lines of dialog between Blade Runner and Do Androiuds Dream of Electric Sheep!

Really, book and film are just so completely different that there's no difficulty in keeping them separated in one's mind.

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Old 2012-09-06, 20:01
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@Garland: Prolly helps then that there are no shared lines of dialog between Blade Runner and Do Androiuds Dream of Electric Sheep!

Really, book and film are just so completely different that there's no difficulty in keeping them separated in one's mind.

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I think that the same is true for the two Total Recall movies and We Can Remember It for You Wholesale. I am not sure that particular short story is filmable. The movies had more similarities, but I was impressed that the second movie was not an exact copy of the first. (I liked the first movie better, my wife the second )
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To be honest, Blade Runner is hardly a faithful adaptation and I think the name change reflects that. Whereas DADOES is a much more surreal experience, Blade Runner strips things down and focuses on what works in the context of a film and I think that's something that a lot of book -> film adaptations could do with more of.
Absolutely There's some amazing material out there that could make excellent sci-fi films, if handled properly of course. I'd love to see a film version of Childhood's End. I think it would make a great film. But the film industry rarely seems to want to take a chance of things these days unless it's a sequel, prequel, reboot or just the same as something that has come before!

Anyway, speaking of film adaptions of novels, Cloud Atlas looks interesting;
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/cloudatlas/
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