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How many times have you said, the book was better? And how many times was that actually true? The cinema of the fantastic has benefitted from literary adaptations on a level unlike any other genre. With such brilliant authors as Mary Shelley, Robert Bloch, Pierre Boulle, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert Louis Stevenson to choose from, it's no surprise that fantastic film sha How many times have you said, the book was better? And how many times was that actually true? The cinema of the fantastic has benefitted from literary adaptations on a level unlike any other genre. With such brilliant authors as Mary Shelley, Robert Bloch, Pierre Boulle, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert Louis Stevenson to choose from, it's no surprise that fantastic film shares its pedigree with literary fiction. But do films never live up to their literary inspirations? Or are some movies just ... better than the books that inspired them? Join genre critics Jim Nemeth and Bob Madison for a rule-busting examination of 21 classic - and not so classic - horror, fantasy and science fiction films, and the classic - and not so classic - books that inspired them. It Came From...The Stories and Novels Behind Classic Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction Films will delight legions of movie buffs along with devoted readers of cherished fantastic fiction.


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How many times have you said, the book was better? And how many times was that actually true? The cinema of the fantastic has benefitted from literary adaptations on a level unlike any other genre. With such brilliant authors as Mary Shelley, Robert Bloch, Pierre Boulle, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert Louis Stevenson to choose from, it's no surprise that fantastic film sha How many times have you said, the book was better? And how many times was that actually true? The cinema of the fantastic has benefitted from literary adaptations on a level unlike any other genre. With such brilliant authors as Mary Shelley, Robert Bloch, Pierre Boulle, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert Louis Stevenson to choose from, it's no surprise that fantastic film shares its pedigree with literary fiction. But do films never live up to their literary inspirations? Or are some movies just ... better than the books that inspired them? Join genre critics Jim Nemeth and Bob Madison for a rule-busting examination of 21 classic - and not so classic - horror, fantasy and science fiction films, and the classic - and not so classic - books that inspired them. It Came From...The Stories and Novels Behind Classic Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction Films will delight legions of movie buffs along with devoted readers of cherished fantastic fiction.

37 review for It Came From... The Stories and Novels Behind Classic Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction Films

  1. 5 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    It Came from by Jim Nemeth and Bob Madison is an interesting book which looks fantastic with its professional design and in-depth look at films and the books that they are based on. Divided into three subsections which are horror, science fiction and fantasy, it is a kaleidoscope of different eras and styles. The book tends to stick to well-known films and books but does go beyond this to pull out some very interesting films as well. Starting with Body Snatchers and working through classic books It Came from by Jim Nemeth and Bob Madison is an interesting book which looks fantastic with its professional design and in-depth look at films and the books that they are based on. Divided into three subsections which are horror, science fiction and fantasy, it is a kaleidoscope of different eras and styles. The book tends to stick to well-known films and books but does go beyond this to pull out some very interesting films as well. Starting with Body Snatchers and working through classic books and films of the 50’s and 60’s. The horror section I thoroughly enjoyed and has given me ideas for future episodes of my show which I cannot wait to delve into and read. Nemeth and Madison know their subject matter and they do not shy away from their opinions. The fantasy segments of the book covers a wide range from The Wizard of Oz, Seven Faces of Dr Lao through to A Christmas Carol. The interesting aspect is the section on Superman as I remember seeing this as a teenager and was wowed by the experience. The subject matter does reach beyond the familiar with Something Wicked This Way Comes – a classic tale and Willy Wonka. The Science Fiction section starts off with Flash Gordon and carries through to modern day with the film Tomorrowland. He even covers John Carter which is now in my list of films to see and books to read. His Logan’s Run section is interesting as this was one my favourites growing up along with the television series at that time but my particular attention is to my all-time favourite Planet of the Apes which I really enjoyed. The book is a fascinating read and although I do not always agree with the authors on some of their points of view, I totally respect it. I love how they are able to explain why they feel about their subject matter and what works and did not work for them. A book of this style will have people agreeing or disagreeing and this is part of the gamble but I like a difference of opinion from my own because it makes me look at things slightly different. Even though I did not enjoy his views of Seven Faces of Dr Lao, one of my all-time favourite books and films, I guess I am very bias but saying that, I did respect where they were coming from. Overall, this is a book that was lovingly put together and the design make this a must for all film fans to be placed on their shelves. I lovingly look at the pictures enclosed and read every word and even though I was given a review copy, I will be purchasing my very own to put on my book shelf. This is an excellent look at book to films and the highs and lows of what that entails. This is a must read for all lovers of books and films. I highly recommend this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Interesting idea: the authors look at classic science-fiction, fantasy, and horror movies along side the books they were based on, telling the history of their development, comparing and contrasting their merits and failures, and commenting a bit on the culture they reflect. Unfortunately, the writing is clumsy, even annoying (especially the many distracting parenthetical remarks), while the commentary is rarely insightful, and often clueless.

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