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RE: The Empire Forum's 100 Favourite Works of Fiction R... - 4/9/2011 1:49:49 PM   
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71 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll (1865)



What it is: A girl called Alice falls down a rabbit hole and meets a bizzare and brilliant range of animals in a counter-logical nonsense world.

Adapted: A whole range of times, even if we're just sticking to film (there have been artworks and videogames and board games etc) First in the silent era, and most recently by Tim Burton a billion dollar version. It has even been adapted into a musical porno, according to Wikipedia.

From the Text: She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).


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RE: The Empire Forum's 100 Favourite Works of Fiction R... - 4/9/2011 2:18:37 PM   
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70 The Princess Bride - William Goldman (1973) Novel




What it is: Entirely postmodern telling of the writer retelling a story he heard when he was a kid (a fictional story). Said story has adventure, excitement, puzzles, and yes, some kissing bits.

Adapted? Rather brilliantly by Rob Reiner, back when he was good.

From the text: "Sonny, don't you tell me what's worthwhile--true love is the best thing in the world, except for cough drops. Everybody knows that."

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RE: The Empire Forum's 100 Favourite Works of Fiction R... - 4/9/2011 2:44:41 PM   
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69 I Am Legend - Richard Matheson (1954) Novel



What it is: One guy is left on his own after a disease has wiped out/turned everyone into Vampire things.

Adapted? Four times for film, with Vincent Price, Charlton Heston,. Wil Smith, and erm Mark Dacascos taking on the lead. Also been done in comics and on the wireless.

From the Text "That's what was wrong with drinking too much. You became immune to drunken delights. There was no solace in liquor. Before you got happy, you collapsed."

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RE: The Empire Forum's 100 Favourite Works of Fiction R... - 7/9/2011 2:00:09 PM   
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68 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov (1955) Novel



What is it: The account of Humbert Humbert, an unreliable narrator who becomes obsessed with a pre-teen girl, thus ruining the name Lolita forever.

Adapted? Once by Stanley Kubrick, which couldn't quite go to where the book did, and then once again in 1997, accurate to the book, but no-one watched it. In Jim Jarmusch's Broken flowers there is an obvious Lolita segment.There is also an Opera. Both Stereophonics and Prince have written songs based on the story.

From the Text: "She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita."


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RE: The Empire Forum's 100 Favourite Works of Fiction R... - 7/9/2011 2:08:17 PM   
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67 HG Wells - The Invisible Man (1897)



What it is: A scientist figures out a way to make people invisible, and instead of trying it on a test subject, does it on himself. Then can't get back to being visible, and goes a bit mad.

Adapted? James Whale's version is up in the HOF at the moment. Elsewhere there are a few TV Series, Hollow Man, and a bizzare Chevy Chase/John Carpenter team up. Del Toro is directing former Doctor David Tennant next year in a new version.

From the Text "All men, however highly educated, retain some superstitious inklings."

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RE: The Empire Forum's 100 Favourite Works of Fiction R... - 7/9/2011 2:32:46 PM   
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66 Scott Pilgrim - Bryan Lee O'Malley (2004-2010)



What it is: Before he can win new girlfriend Ramona Flowers, slacker and bassist Scott Pilgrim must first defeat her various evil ex's

Adapted? By Edgar Wright just last year. Also into a videogame.

From the Text: Scott, if your life had a face, I would punch it. I would punch your life in the face.

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