A meme from the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations (you could pick best or worst OR split it in half) On a related note Booking Through Thursday recently had topics about Dream Casts and Nightmare Casts. I have a hard time being objective with movie adaptations. I don’t think I can even really split best and worst. There are some I enjoy but think they are a pretty bad adaptation. So… yeah I had a longer list and this was as short as I could get it.
1. Ella Enchanted – I live this book, I enjoyed the movie… but as two very separate items. Based on Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine.
2. Twilight – I read all the books. I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch all the movies. Both have their popcorn entertainment value. Books are better. Based on Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
3. Inkheart – I still haven’t read the last book of the trilogy. I love the first book and the movie and I think it is a good adaptation but I think the books should have been like the movie, stopped after one. Based on Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
4. The Fellowship of the Ring, etc. – I’ve read both. I like both. I think even for some long movies they have a faster pace then the books. Also I love Viggo Mortensen. Based on The Fellowship of the Ring, etc. by J.R.R. Tolkien.
5. Hugo – I was worried to see this turned into a movie. The mix of visual and text in the book is so unique but honestly I think the movie turned out wonderfully. Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.
6. The Hunger Games – This film series isn’t finished yet. I think the movie makes more of a love triangle, not that it is necessarily a good thing. Though really I’m being nit picky. My biggest disappointment was her dress. Based on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
7. Harry Potter and the… – Duh. There are some small changes that made me sad, but really they did an amazing job. Recently I saw a comparison that dinged the movie for Emma Watson being too pretty for Hermione. Except she started out just as frizzy haired and she transitioned when Hermione was supposed to. They did an amazing job of trying to cast knowing it would stick for years. Based on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, etc.by J. K. Rowling.
8. Pride and Prejudice – Both adaptations are good. I’ll admit though that in my mind Colin Firth IS Darcy so I prefer that version. Based on Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
9. The Golden Compass – The main thing I remember about this is that all of the sudden the world decided this fantastic series was a personal attack on their religion. I spent a great amount of time explaining to parents I knew that I had read it and hadn’t even thought about that because it is obviously fiction. I think it went okay but didn’t really love the movie. Based on The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.
10. Stardust – I love both the book and the movie in this case. I think the movie helped make the dead brothers even funnier the next time I read the book. There were certain things accentuated in each version. Based on Stardust by Neil Gaiman.