Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Tuesday REWIND!
Pick from previous topics that you want to do again or may have missed. My choice is:
Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations
Not all book to movie adaptations are good (some are downright terrible in fact!) but there are some really great adaptations that break the mold. Most of the time I will always prefer the book but the movies have their merits too. Here are my top ten book to movie adaptations of all time:
Many fans of the graphic novel (I am classing it as a book though as the story is extremely complex) were very disappointed by Zach Snyder’s vision of the film but I personally loved it! To be fair, I saw the film prior to reading the novel which may have made me slightly more forgiving of some of the liberties it took with the story. However, although I agree that the novel is superior I still really love the film.
2. Harry Potter
All of the books/films really. The films in no way eclipse the brilliance of the books for me but I still think they are really fun and showcase the best of British acting talent (not that all the cast is British but close enough!). I feel as if I grew up with the main characters (even though I actually didn’t start reading the books until I was in my late teens/early twenties. They will always hold a special place in my heart.
3. Stand by Me
I know it is technically a novella (part of the Different Seasons collection) but it is one of my all-time favourite films so I am including it, technicalities be damned! The novella is good but the film is absolutely amazing. A tear-jerking coming-of-age film, Stand By Me never ceases to make me cry, especially during the scene where River Phoenix’s character Chris Chambers fades from the screen – a sad reflection of what was to come for this young actor (yup – huge River fan here!) One of my all-time favourite adaptations!
4. The Princess Bride
Love the book, love the film even more! One of my favourites (and another Rob Reiner film – he also directed Stand By Me). The Princess Bride is a classic film – it never fails to cheer me up when I watch it (and I have watched it a lot!). Westley was ideal man when I was younger, moreso when he became a swashbuckling pirate though! A fun film for all the family to enjoy.
5. Watership Down
Despite the fact that this animated film managed to scare the crap out of me when I was a child (that bit at the beginning with all the other animals slaughtering the rabbits traumatised me for life!) I still completely adore the film. Although not as powerful as the book, it is still a really worthy adaptation in my eyes. I still really enjoy watching it whenever it comes on the television (I also own the DVD but I am pretty lazy and can never bother trying to find things to watch!)
6. To Kill A Mockingbird
Perhaps the only book I read in school that I didn’t immediately hate (I later re-read almost all of the books I was made to read and pretty much loved them all but it always seems a chore when you are reading for school). To Kill A Mockingbird is a rare book that I loved even when I was being made to read it by my out-of-touch teachers. The movie is also excellent (I love Gregory Peck in this!). A true classic in every sense of the word.
7. The Hunger Games
One of the best YA book series I have ever read. I didn’t expect much from the films but was very pleasantly surprised by how well done they were. Well, I’m obviously just referring to the first two as Mockingjay is not out yet! Jennifer Lawrence makes a fine Katniss and the supporting cast are pretty spot-on too. Love Woody Harrelson even though he is not who I pictured as Haymitch at all.
8. The Last of the Mohicans
This one might be a bit of a cheat as I have never been able to get through the entire novel. The movie just blew me away from the very first time I saw it and it continues to be a favourite. Daniel Day Lewis never really rocked my socks but I always had a teeny crush on his brother in the film: Uncas (played by Eric Schweig).
9. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
The film did a good job of capturing the nuances of the book. I felt that Kat Dennings and Michael Cera had good chemistry. It is not my favourite film (or book) but I thought the adaptation translated very well. It maintained the spirit of the book.
10. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
This could have failed big-time for me. As a colossal fan of the books so the movies had a lot to live up to. Even though there were some changes that irked me (the whole Faramir plot change for one plus the whole Sam as the ultimate hero part really bugged), I still really loved the films and was overall happy with Peter Jackson’s vision.