Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations

I usually don't like movies made from good books.
Good books. Bad movies.
Usually.

But not always.
I like these.
Good books. Good movies.

The Princess Bride
Breakfast at Tiffany's

The Grapes of Wrath

 
Gone With the Wind


To Kill a Mockingbird

Lord of the Rings

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner)

Ordinary People

Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont

Enchanted April

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30 comments:

Kah Woei said...

The only one I both read & watched was LOTR. And I loved it. :-)

Laura said...

I love Breakfast at Tiffanys... The book and movie are quite different, and I think I might prefer the movie- is that wrong of me?!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Sometimes, Laura, I think it is what you read or see first. Enchanted April, for example. I like the movie a bit more. And Princess Bride. And Mrs. Palfrey.

Ms. Yingling said...

I'll have to read Enchanted April and Mrs. Palfrey over spring break. They look like something I would enjoy and are not BFYR for a change! Thanks for the recommendation.

Bibliophile said...

Mickey Rooney spoiled Breakfast at Tiffany's for me. Apart from him, it's a great movie.

I liked the book To Kill a Mockingbird, but haven't got round to watching the film. I have it on videotape, but on my movie nights I somehow I always end up watching somehting else. Originally I was saving it until I read the book, and now I am afraid it will be a disappointment after the book.

Bibliophile said...

P.S. The Princess Bride: I liked the book but I saw the movie first and loved it.

Bev Hankins said...

I have got to sit down and watch to Kill a Mockingbird sometime. Now that I've finally read the book (that only took me about 30 years....).

Here's my list: http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2011/02/top-ten-tuesdays-books-to-movies.html

Helen's Book Blog said...

good list, you've definitely got me thinking about my own list to post!

Lee Libro said...

Very nice list. I would have to add Memoirs of a Geisha to it. I felt the movie adaptation came very close to capturing the essence of the book.

Misha said...

I completely forgot To Kill a Mockingbird and Breakfast at Tiffany's on my list! I really want to watch Enchanted April.

alexristea said...

I like how you put them side by side!

And Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is still sitting on my bookshelf, waiting to be read. :S

Holly said...

Loved the book the Grapes of Wrath. Still have to check out the movie.

C.B. James said...

This is a great list. As soon as I saw the topic on my reader I thought of Ordinary People. I think the movie is actually better than the book, but you're right about it being an excellent adaptation. I would add A Single Man and David Lean's Great Expectations.

kaye said...

I agree with you--great books, poor interpretations when they go to film. You did manage to come up with some good ones. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

lisa :) said...

Glad to see someone else included To Kill A Mockingbird! I can never decide whether I prefer the book or the movie because both are so wonderful!

booknympho said...

Wow, really unique list! Haven't heard of some of these but they look great!

Loni said...

I love The Princess Pride. The Lord of the Rings made my list too. For some of the movies/books on your list, I've only read the book or seen the movie, not both.

Rummanah Aasi said...

I love Princess Bride, but since I didnn't read the book yet I couldn't add it to my list. I did love "Of Mice and Men" and "Ordinary People"(which was filmed at my high school)

thereadingdate said...

You have some great epic films on your list. I especially enjoyed Bladerunner, Princess Bride, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Ordinary People. It's fun to think about the movies this week. Makes me want to do a rewatch!

Jenni Elyse said...

Isn't it sad that I have read a single one of these books, but I've seen every single movie? I'm in the process of reading LOTR and I want to read To Kill a Mockingbird this year. But, your list reminds me of how far behind I am, lol. Great list! :)

Short Story Slore said...

Gone with the Wind might be #1 with me. I also really like the movie and book versions of Interview with the Vampire. Great list!

Icedream said...

I loved that you added Ordinary People- forgot all about that one. Fantastic book and movie. I also like how you added the book cover next to the movie poster.

DJL said...

This Top Ten made me realize how few books-turned-into-films I've read/watched thus why I had trouble with making list. ^^; Although I feel somewhat sheepish by this, I think it's due to as you said, Deb. If I see the film, I don't always read the book, and if I read the book, I don't always go to see the film.

Dusky Literati said...

I had Blade Runner on my list. One of my favorite sci fi movies.

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Gone with the Wind is one of my all time favorites as well :)

The Literary Nomad said...

Oh I loved Ordinary People too! Have never read the book though so couldn't comment on whether it was a good adaptation. I might pick it up and then see the film again. Excellent list!

LBC said...

I like the visual list. I can't believe I forgot about To Kill A Mockingbird. I really think the best movies are based on books.

Check out my list here: http://hawthornescarlet.blogspot.com/2011/02/top-ten-tuesday-on-silver-screen.html

Sonette said...

I actually enjoyed the screen adaptation of Lord of the Rings more. I never quite got into the books and actually stopped before finishing all of them! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

Nancy said...

Where did you find The Princess Bride book?? I have been looking and looking for it, but no one seems to have it! I LOVE the movie, and I've been dying to read the book!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I don't see a new copy of it available, but you can find some pretty inexpensive used copies at alibris.com, Nancy.