jackie e stallcup jstallcup at
Thu Jun 6 13:44:27 EDT 2002

Oh, I definitely agree--I have been thinking this for days but haven't
gotten around to posting about it.  The Black Stallion is a visually
gorgeous movie and for me it is very emotionally evocative as well (I
always burst out crying at the race).  After seeing it some time ago, I
went back to the book and was shocked at how poorly it was written--much
more poorly than I remembered from devouring it as a child.  This is one
case where the movie far outstrips the book on a number of levels.  But
it's rare.

One other book/movie pair like this:  Do Androids Dream of Electric
Sheep/Blade Runner.  In this case, both are quite good examples of their
medium, but very different from each other, I think.  I like the novel
and I love the movie.  But I think that they are doing different things,
as befits their different media.

Jackie S.

On Thu, 6 Jun 2002 12:03:00 -0500 Nat Case <ncase at>
> My favorite adaption, and really one of my favorite movies (at least 
> for the first half-hour) is The Black Stallion. The original book by 
> Walter Farley is OK, but it's one of those that reads easier when 
> you;re 7 than when you're 27. The director managed to capture the 
> spirit of the book and translate it into movie that you can watch at 
> any age.
> I actually like Princess Bride better as a book. One of the things I 
> liked best about it (the side references to S Morgenstern and the 
> editing out of the boring bits when reading to his kid) are of 
> course 
> left entirely out of the movie. On the other hand, my wife and I 
> quote at each other from the movie all the time, and never from the 
> book, so the movie apparently has had a greater impact on our 
> reptile 
> brains...
> Nat
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