Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

Top 10 Best/Worst Movie Adaptations
(Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I started off with a half-and-half list, and then I realized that wasn't going to work.  See, the thing is, I choose to separate my book reading experience and my movie watching experience.  I compartmentalize.  The books are the books.  The movies are the movies.  And while they have similar stories, if I'm entertained by both I consider it a win.  I usually like the book more, but it just depends.  So here are ten of my favorite book to movie combinations:

1) Harry Potter the series
Sure, they left some things out.  And yeah, they mixed up the ending a bit, but I love them equally.  I still can't watch Deathly Hallows Part II without bawling my eyes out.  It's kind of ridiculous.
2) The Power of One
I was introduced to this particular movie in the seventh grade, and there was just something about the characters, the story, the setting that has stayed forever in my heart.
3) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I hated the book, but loved the movie.  
 4) The Princess Bride
Classic.  Andre the Giant.  Enough said.
5) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one.  It's quirky.  It's strange.  It's downright weird.  But I love the way it skips around, and I loved Michael Cera who usually drives me crazy.
6) The Hunger Games
Not my first choice for Haymitch, but I thought it was well done and maintained the integrity of the book.  Plus Lenny Kravitz was just plain cool.
7) The Phantom Tollbooth
What a brilliant, thoughtful, creative book.  The movie might be a little dated, but it's still brilliant.
8) The Secret Garden
Specifically the 1993 movie.  Watching the characters grow, learn, and find each other is special each time I watch the movie or read the book.
9) Romeo and Juliet
Go Baz Luhrmann!  I love his flashy, loud, in your face film, bringing a weird life to the classic play.
10) The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
One of my favorite fantasies.  When Lucy sees the wardrobe for the first time I got tingles down my back.  To be young and just believe...I miss those days.

Happy reading (and watching)!

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