Category Archives: Versus Machine – A Comparison of Great Things

The Versus Machine takes on two works of art, one source material and one adaptation, and processes it through to discover the differences and similarities of the two. Whether those differences are good or bad is up to you!

The Hobbit (The Book) VERSUS The Hobbit (The 1977 Animated Movie)



A fantasy book is a way to make us see something we had never previously imagined. New worlds, new rules, and new magic permeate in a way that leaves us breathless a great deal of the time. And in terms of fantasy, none are more revered than the stories of J.R.R. Tolkien. Through a decisive … Continue reading The Hobbit (The Book) VERSUS The Hobbit (The 1977 Animated Movie)


A Christmas Carol (The Book) VERSUS A Christmas Carol (The 1999 Patrick Stewart Version)



It’s another holiday-dipped in holiday spirit, courtesy of The Versus Machine! We put Christmas inside the crosshairs of this episode with the true, festive emotional roller coaster ride of “A Christmas Carol!” We put two greats into opposing ends of the Versus Machine and let them go! In this corner, note Charles Dicken’s A Christmas … Continue reading A Christmas Carol (The Book) VERSUS A Christmas Carol (The 1999 Patrick Stewart Version)


Skipping Christmas – (The 2001 Book) VERSUS Christmas With The Kranks – (The 2004 Movie)



The Versus Machine takes aim at a modern holiday “classic” just for YOU! We’re in for a pulse-pounding, suspense thrill ride with John Grisham (yep, THAT John Grisham) and his yuletide comedy novel going up against the film adaptation starring Tim Allen (yep, THAT Tim Allen)! The book has been pulled off the shelf and … Continue reading Skipping Christmas – (The 2001 Book) VERSUS Christmas With The Kranks – (The 2004 Movie)


The Adventures of Oliver Twist (The Book) VERSUS Oliver! (The 1968 Musical)



We’ve just finished a weekend where full plates, even fuller hearts, and shopping sprees galore score the tastes on our pallets. But what about those that don’t have. Just about everyone’s familiar with the story of “Oliver Twist” – a take that dialogues the lives of orphans, the forgotten and those that don’t have. But … Continue reading The Adventures of Oliver Twist (The Book) VERSUS Oliver! (The 1968 Musical)


Of Mice and Men – (The Book) VERSUS Of Mice and Men – (The 1992 Movie)



The American Dream is by far the most wonderful and enlightening ideal of our world. An idea born from nothing more than a dedication to ourselves, it is one that has more incarnations than almost any in our world. The idea that one person can be born from nothing and make something meaningful and important … Continue reading Of Mice and Men – (The Book) VERSUS Of Mice and Men – (The 1992 Movie)


V for Vendetta (The Graphic Novel) VERSUS V for Vendetta (The 2005 Movie)



Remember, remember, The Versus Machine Podcast in November – and the New Year! Don’t miss out on OUR contrast and comparison session of V for Vendetta (The Graphic Novel) VERSUS V For Vendetta (the feature film from 2005) tonite! Tell us what YOU think here and we’ll include details inside our ALL FAN INPUT later … Continue reading V for Vendetta (The Graphic Novel) VERSUS V for Vendetta (The 2005 Movie)


Cycle Of The Werewolf (The Novella) Versus Silver Bullet (The Film)



Stephen King has a body of work that is ripe for adaptation. Over the decades many of his short stories and novels have been adapted into everything from feature films, television miniseries and even comic books. Depending on their faithfulness to the source material, those adaptations run the gauntlet of being surprisingly good to painfully … Continue reading Cycle Of The Werewolf (The Novella) Versus Silver Bullet (The Film)


The Shining (The Book) VERSUS The Shining (The 1980 Movie)



What could be more disturbing than reading through Stephen King’s “The Shining?” Well, how about a viewing of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining?” Well – we’ve got that beat. How about an Axe Murderer, and a Sorcerer, COMPARING “The Shining” (The Book) & “The Shining” (The Movie)? That’s what we’ve got and it’s not just a … Continue reading The Shining (The Book) VERSUS The Shining (The 1980 Movie)


Watchmen (The Graphic Novel) VERSUS Watchmen (The 2009 Movie)



Graphic novels and graphic novel movies have been a staple of American culture since the golden age of comics. They have steadily become the most interesting and hotly debated of cinematic exploits. To talk about a time when movies made us feel like we knew superheroes is to talk about a time when cinema ruled … Continue reading Watchmen (The Graphic Novel) VERSUS Watchmen (The 2009 Movie)


The Great Gatsby (The Book) VERSUS The Great Gatsby (The 2013 Movie)



In terms of the American Dream, it does not get better than F. Scott Fitzgerald. He unique vision of a time when climbing to the top meant knocking someone else down, he, more so than other of his time, understood that not everything was as it seemed. While all of his stories embody this image, … Continue reading The Great Gatsby (The Book) VERSUS The Great Gatsby (The 2013 Movie)