Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Freebie - Books to Movies

Top 10 Tuesday
Top Ten Books to Movies

I love books.  I also love movies.  With this deductive reasoning, one would assume I would love books to movies, but alas, it's not always the case.  Nothing surprising.  I'm never crushed  when director's choose to leave out material or change facts here and there to make the story work on the silver screen.  I understand that compromises must be made to effectively create a story on film.  The problem I often face is that nothing can compare to my extremely vivid imagination.  I can create whole worlds in my head with just a few short words.  I can use an author's descriptions to bring characters to life, and with the author's mastery, I watch them battle evil, strive for good, fall in love, and find honor or peace.

Every once in awhile, a director with a vision gets it right.  Or maybe the actors gets it right.  Or the script writer.  Or all three at the same time.  Every once in awhile I am able to forget the worlds I've created in my head, and I'm able to lose myself in the play before me.  So on this Top Ten Tuesday, I'm sharing my favorite books to movies (in no particular order):
1)  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (By C.S. Lewis)
I grew up watching the cartoon version of this classic tale.  Not overly impressive, but I loved and the animation maintained the integrity of the story.  But the recent Walden Media version breathed life into Narnia.  I loved Liam Neeson voicing Aslan, and Georgie Hensley and the wardrobe was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined on my own.

2)  To Kill A Mockingbird (By Harper Lee)
I can't remember what year I had to read the book for school, but I've reread it many times throughout the years.  There's something so innocent and humbling about the book, and the movie brings out those elements as well.  Plus, Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch might just be the best casting job ever.  There's a reason books become classics, and the same holds true for this great movie.

3)   Stardust (By Neil Gaiman)
 I'm almost a little ashamed to admit this, but Stardust was my introduction to Gaiman.  I this one worked backwards.  I loved the movie which reminded so much of another one of my picks that I just had to read the book.  Both the books and the movie had equal parts adventure and wit, humor and thrills that both fill my bookshelves.

4)  Charlotte's Web (By E.B. White)
There are a few books from your childhood that you will always remember and love.  What child doesn't love talking animals?  Strangely, despite my aversion to them now, I was one such kid.  And what better movie book duo to teach you about friendship and courage then the E.B. White classic, even with Templeton's fair food song.
5)  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (By J.K. Rowling)
I love Harry Potter.  I love the books...and I love the movies.  And I love them equally because I learned to love them separately.  My favorite, by far, of all of the HP movies was Azkaban, and definitely one of my favorite books.  I missed the detail of the book, but I loved the terrifying dementors of the movie.  But with my unique HP ability, I got to bring what I'd read to the theater with me...and all was well.
6) The Princess Bride (By William Goldman)
Best movie ever, and a pretty decent book.  It doesn't get much better than sarcastic and witty dueling, stolen princess, gentle giants, scheming "masterminds" and true love.  No really...it doesn't get much better.

7)  Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (By J.R.R. Tolkien)
There was a rule in my house.  You weren't allowed to see the LOTR movies until you had read the books.  Forty-five minutes before the start of the movie, I was finishing up the Two Towers, completely mesmerized.  Tolkien is a genius.  he created whole world, whole languages, whole histories and blended them into a nearly perfect fantasy trilogy with all of the elements of great storytelling.  Peter Jackson is also a genius.  He brought to life one of the most complicated and complete plots of all time and made it is own without messing with the integrity of the original.  Good vs. evil.  Right vs. wrong.  Courage vs. cowardice.  Friendship vs. betrayal.  And home.  Always the hope of home.  Well done boys.  Well done.

8)  The Adventures of Huck Finn (By Mark Twain)
Thank you high school reading assignments for introducing me to books that I would never have chosen for myself.  Thank you Mr. Twain for your brilliant talent.  And thank you Elijah Wood for being so darn cute that despite not following the book, I didn't really care.  Just an enjoyable movie and a fresh take on a classic tale about growing up.
9)  Romeo and Juliet (By William Shakespeare)
Guilty pleasure alert.  While I have serious problems with Will Shakespeare's tale of starcrossed lovers, I'm a sucker for love stories, even when they don't end the way I want them to.  I'm also a huge fan of Baz Luhrman.  And I become an even bigger fan of both when you mix them together.

10) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (By Bryan Lee O'Malley)
A perfect example of how choosing the right cast can make the movie and pay homage to the characters within the pages.  The book was fast paced and wild.  The movie was wild and crazy.  Together they make a great pair.

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