The Hunt For Red October – Lost in Adaptation

The Dom takes a look at Tom Clancy’s first book that went on to become a film to see how close they managed to keep it.

About The Dom

Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.


  1. Snorgatch Pandalume

    One of the things Dom mentions as a negative in the book–the constantly shifting perspective–is pretty typical of spy novels as a genre. Spy novels frequently deal with lots of events happening in different places, so it wouldn’t be possible for one person to be present at all of them. It’s not at all unusual for the reader not to know who the main character will eventually turn out to be. This has the effect of heightening the suspense, since nobody is safe–anyone can potentially die or turn out to be a traitor at any moment, creating an atmosphere of paranoia which mirrors the vagueness and uncertainty of the world of real-life espionage. The reader isn’t sure who he can trust because in the real world, spies are never sure who they can trust either.
    Having read the book and watched the film, I have to say this is one of the few instances I can think of where the film was better. There’s a good hundred pages in the middle of the book that you could tear out and it wouldn’t change a thing. THFRO is the only Tom Clancy novel I’ve read, and I’m in absolutely no hurry to ever read another.

  2. First!! Huzzah!!

    I thought this movie would be more exciting, 🙁

    Oh, well, it loos more exciting then the 1999 Mansfield Park…ehhh…..

  3. I’ve heard of The Hunt For Red October but I didn’t know what it was or what it was about. Also, I’m going to wait for the next episode even though I’m excited about it. LOL. Oh, and third.

  4. TragicGuineaPig

    As for Clancy’s alleged military service: as it is, he did get debriefed by military intelligence after releasing this book and Red Storm Rising. Apparently, they were concerned that he seemed to know a bit too much about actual military procedure.

    I can attest that an electronic message displayed in RSR actually did look an awful lot like actual military messaging format.

  5. Valkyrie with Tom Cruise did the language switchover at the start of the movie.

  6. Great. >:( Now I want to watch the movie again even though I just saw it last year.

    Great job, Dom. 🙂

  7. Very good job, I really enjoyed this review and like that you enjoyed the movie.

    Also thanks so much for including the Soviet anthem as it’s still one of my favorite anthems out there ;-;

    Hell I think part of the reason I’m a Russian translator is because of that music. XD

  8. The first three Jack Ryan adaptations are among my favorite examples of movies that are better than the books they’re based on. I love these films and decided to read all the novels later, but I just cannot stand Tom Clancy and his long-winded military porn. The only Clancy books I ever enjoyed were the first few of the NetForce series, and guess what, he didn’t actually write those.

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