Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Best Movie Adaptations




Top Ten Best Movie Adaptations 

Please allow me to briefly rant. I hate it, but many bad movies have been made from brilliant books. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. So I say to you movie producers out there: If you aren't going to make a magnificent movie from that magnificent book, then just move on; there are plenty of fair-to-middling screenplays out there that you can use and you won't spoil my dinner.

These very-good movies from very-good books are the exception, I think:

 To Kill a Mockingbird



 Gone With the Wind



 The Grapes of Wrath



 The Remains of the Day


 Breakfast at Tiffany's



 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep?/Blade Runner



 The Princess Bride



 Game of Thrones



 Lonesome Dove



 Life of Pi

What are your thoughts? What do you think are the best movie adaptations ever?


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22 comments:

  1. My favorites are The virgin suicides, Bridget Jones' Diary, The hours and latest adapatation of Anna Karenina.
    Gone with the wind is fantastic too!

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  2. I haven't seen Virgin Suicides and the newest adaptation of Anna Karenina. Thanks for the recommendations!

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  3. I've seen all these movies/shows and loved them too but haven't read the books. I probably should do that. =)

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  4. I haven't seen any of these films! Great picks though.

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  5. I think I've only seen/read one or the other from your list. Haven't seen To Kill A Mockingbird, even though it's on EVERYONE's list. Reading The Princess Bride would be easiest, since my Hubby has a copy.

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  6. I would almost say seeing the movie of Princess Bride is as good as reading the book.

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  7. Oh yes, definitely The Grapes of Wrath! This is a fantastic list, Deb!

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  8. I always forget that Blade Runner is an adaptation. Great list!

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  9. Excellent picks! I still need to see Life of Pi though.

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  10. ah the Princess Bride and Blade Runner ..Great list :)

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  11. Breakfast at Tiffany's was great, the book and the film! Blade Runner - great example of really adapting the book for a different medium and making it work, and it lets me enjoy the book and the film for totally different reasons! Great list.

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  12. I totally agree with To Kill a Mockingbird! That movie was amazing, and Gregory Peck is just absolutely fantastic! I'm reading A Game of Thrones now and enjoying it before I jump into the TV show so it's good to hear that it's well done. I had no clue that Blade Runner was an adaptation, I'm going to have to fill in those gaps. Awesome list!

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  13. I still need to watch Life of Pi (I couldn't get into the book though). I love Gone With the Wind - it's a masterpiece.

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  14. I also have Breakfast at Tiffanys. I want to read Life of Pi before I see the film and the Game of Thrones books are piled up high at the top of my TBR list. :)
    Ciara @ Books are my Bling

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  15. I had forgotten Breakfast at Tiffany's and Lonesome Dove! LD was such a great miniseries!

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  16. I'd include the Harry Potters actually - fantastic casting.

    Re Joan of Arc, after getting fascinated by her when in France I read quite a few books about her. Her story is so amazing that if it happened today no one would believe it! Cheers

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  17. Yes I love Gone With the Wind. And Princess Bride is great too! Great list


    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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  18. I prefer reading books. I loved reading the books - To Kill a Mocking Bird, Gone with the Wind, and The Grapes of Wrath. I loved the Gone with the Wind movie.

    I feel that movies limit our imagination and may have cut/rushed through certain parts that were (interesting) in the book.

    When I read the Memories of Geisha, oh, I spend time imagining how beautiful the motifs on the kimono might have been. Well, when I watched the movie, I was disappointed. The essence of the book was lost somewhere.

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  19. So glad you mentioned The Princess Bride, I loved that one too. We have a few in common... I totally forgot Life of Pi, and Breakfast at Tiffany's.
    I love Sci-Fi, but I just can't watch Blade Runner. I can't explain it, but I have never yet managed to watch more than the first 15 minutes or so.

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  20. Blade Runner is outside my comfort zone, too, but it is a brilliant movie.

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