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Unlisted - Enid Blyton in general – Television and Film Adaptations

January 18, 2009 – Sophie says: Even though this isn't just about Blyton, I am still going to start this topic. I find it really annoying how books are made into movies, and the movie is completely different to the books and how it should be. I found this applicable in the Famous 5 books that were made into a television series. It has the main characters but the adventures are all different and muddled up, I think it would have been better to stick to the orignal book version. Their has recent been made a cartoon version of the Famous Five, this is set in a different time peroid and heaps of things are different only the character remain simlar but their names are even different physical apperances and names.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Agreed! However, the recent Disney cartoon series was not the original Famous Five, but stories written around the original four's offspring.
January 19, 2009 – rogoz says: On Famous Five - I have the 1978 and 1996 serials on DVD. The plots were tightened up which is normal for screenwriting and double episodes made for the important books. I doubt another set will ever be made and I'd highly recommend the 1996 set if you can find them. Jemima Rooper is very good as Georgina. Apart from that, books and films are different mediums - they can't ever be the same.
January 19, 2009 – jeni says: They can never be the same, Rogoz - books and films. The books contain too much detail to be correctly translated into film. That is why it is widely suggested that books be read first, before one views the film. I opt for the books. Too many times I've seen the film before the book, only to realize the film doesn't hold a candle to the hidden 'gems' within the pages of the book.
January 21, 2009 – rogoz says: There are also 5 FF e-comic books floating about at the moment. They're done in an older style but quite satisfactory. I suspect Sophie is complaining about a 1978 video where 2 books are used - Treasure Island and Kirrin Island again. Although they have quite a cult following, the 1978 series is real budget stuff compared to the 1996 videos which are almost BBC standard. There's also an old film [ 1955? ] but I haven't seen it so naturally I can't comment.
May 3, 2009 – Josefine says: I found a few days ago that it isn't only the Famous Five that had been filmed. Also adventure series! Now to my question, do you know if there are more books who became tv-series? And if, where can I get those? (I have the Famous Five already).
August 15, 2017 – KawaiiArtist says: I've seen a cartoon version of St.Clare,s and although quite a few scenes from the book are missing in the cartoon version, it hasn't got a random story line and each episode relates to certain events in the books.

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