Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Top Book to Movie Adaptations (Freebie Week)

Top Book to Movie Adaptations

As much as I love books, for years I was more of a movie enthusiast. But when you're broke, it's easier to entertain yourself with books: they last longer than a 2 hour film and they have a higher trade/resale value if you didn't enjoy them. So, I became a bookie out of necessity.

But, now that times are better, I've learned how exciting it is when a book I've enjoyed is being turned into a movie. I'm one of the millions who like to read, wait, watch, and react. Here are some of my favorite book to movie adaptations. Most of them I read after the movie was released. Nowadays, I try harder to read the book before the movie comes out.

To Kill A Mockingbird - I feel like I blog about this one a lot, so I'll just say it does a beautiful job capturing the spirit of the book.

The Secret Garden (1993) - I haven't seen the 1993 version in years, but I'm so nostalgic for it! As a kid, it had the perfect amount of mystery and adventure with a girl main character. Thanks to the movie, I've enjoyed reading the book twice, and many other Frances Hodgson Burnett novels.

Sense and Sensibility (1995) - You know it's great when a preview for a movie makes you excited.  I was only ten at the time, but I remember wanting to learn all about the elegant setting. Now I'm a Jane Austen fan through-and-through.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - This was the Harry Potter game changer for me. Previously, I had enjoyed the movies as nice kid movies. But I loved the dark and more serious tone of the third movie. That, and time travel, made me pick up the book series for the first time.

Bridget Jones's Diary - Even though I didn't get around to reading the book until 12+ years after the movie's release, the important thing is, this movie really inspired me. After watching it, I started journaling/blogging about my life, and haven't stopped since. Life is crazy, why not share it?

Watership Down - The animation does a great job of telling the unique story. I cry at the end because I become so attached to the characters. I first saw it as a small child, but because of the violence, I can't recommend it to anyone's kids who are under ten.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Although I'm typically a fantasy fan, I didn't enjoy reading this one in school (mostly the ending...). However, I loved the first installment of this series. The actors bought the story to life for me in ways I'd overlooked before.

Catching Fire - While 'The Hunger Games' was good, I feel they got more 'right' with Catching Fire (the clothes, the character traits). They added some scenes not in the book, but they did such a good job that it didn't feel out of place, IMO.

New Moon - Ditto for this series. Parts of the first movie are almost campy. Visually, this one makes me want to visit the Northwest Coast very badly.

The Great Gatsby (2013) - I read the book right before this version was released and loved how they captured the excess and mystery surrounding Gatsby. I'm not much for parties, but the party scene in this film is spectacular.


  1. Great list! A lot of your choices would make it on to my list as well, especially Secret Garden and Prisoner of Azkaban :)

    1. Awesome! Thanks for stopping by :) I hope to re-watch both of them this fall.

  2. that adaptation of Sense & Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet was THE best in my opinion :) My TTT

    1. I completely agree! I've seen other, older and newer, versions of the book and Emma Thompson really knocked it out of the park with her version. Thanks for dropping in!

  3. This is a great list! I LOVE the To Kill A Mockingbird movie. Catching Fire was a very good adaptation. I agree with you, I think they got more right in the second movie of that franchise. This is a great list!



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