Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

Best:
Shutter Island-I loved both this book and movie.  I saw the movie first and was so surprised by how closely it matched the book.

Harry Potter-Do I really need to say anything about this?

Lord of the Rings-I have only read the first LOTR book but I think Peter Jackson did a fabulous job of adapting it for the big screen.

The Mists of Avalon-This miniseries is fantastic and the book is one of my favorites.  Yes, the miniseries isn't exactly the same as the book but I think they stayed true to the story and the acting is wonderful.

Cold Mountain-This movie is so different from the book but I still love really love them both.

Everything is Illuminated-Honestly, this is one of those movies that I actually like more than the book.  Seriously, if you haven't seen the movie, you really should.  It was one of those movies that really stuck with me for a long time.

Worst:

The Horse Whisperer-I read this book in high school and LOVED it so when the movie came out, I had to see it.  Boy, was I disappointed.  They completely ruined the story and the movie was 3 hours long.  It was awful.

The Other Boleyn Girl-I hated this book so I don't know what possessed me to watch the movie but I thought the movie was pretty bad too.

The Queen of the Damned-The Vampire Chronicles are some of my favorite books and The Queen of the Damned was one of my favorite in the series but the movie just didn't work.  It was so different from the book and was kind of cheesy.  It's only saving grace was a kick-ass soundtrack.

Julie and Julia-While the book really resonated with me, the movie just didn't.  I liked the Julia Childs portions of the movie but the 'Julie' sections just seemed to fall flat.  The movie wasn't able to convey some of the things that made the book so good.

Have you seen any of these movies/read any of these books?  Thoughts?  Are there any you think I missed?  Leave a link in the comments so I can check out your list!

1 comment:

  1. Denise I can't believe I forgot Shutter Island, I really enjoyed the movie, so spooky and the ending was fantastic but I actually wasn't aware that it was based on a book.

    I'm disappointed that The Other Boleyn Girl wasn't good as I really wanted to watch and read it. I did enjoy first book in the Tudor series by Gregory so I thought that The Other Boleyn Girl would be good.

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