Can a film transcend the novel it was based upon? During a (by no means definitive) discussion of most-loved and patently despised novel to film adaptations, the panel braves some harsh words, endures scathing criticism and experiences several moments of probable enlightenment. Along the quest to discover if the book is always better than the movie: James Franco is disparaged, Stanley Kubrick receives praise, disagreements arise over the adaptation of East of Eden and details regarding Mario Puzo’s use of Sonny Corleone’s penis as a literary device in The Godfather sparks controversy.

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