Sunday, June 23, 2013

The 12 most unfaithful movie versions of science fiction & fantasy books

At io9 Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders came up with the twelve most unfaithful movie versions of science fiction and fantasy books. One entry on the list:
Almost Every Philip K. Dick Movie

There have been a slew of movie versions of Philip K. Dick's novels and short stories — and for the most part, they've taken insane liberties. Often, Dick's mind-bending explorations of identity and reality and what it means to be human are transformed into facile thrillers — see Paycheck, for example. Blade Runner, though a great film, has very little in common with Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, other than Deckard bounty-hunting replicants. Both versions of Total Recall take huge liberties as well. And The Adjustment Bureau has nothing in common with the Dick short story "Adjustment Team," other than the idea of a secret group of people managing reality.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? also appears on Katharine Trendacosta and Charlie Jane Anders's list of the ten greatest personality tests in sci-fi & fantasy, John Mullan's list of ten of the best titles in the form of questions, Charlie Jane Anders and Michael Ann Dobbs's list of ten classic sci-fi books that were originally considered failures and Robert Collins's top ten list of dystopian novels.

A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick is one of Jeffery Deaver's top 10 computer novels.

We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick is on Sam Taylor's top 10 list of books about forgetting.

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