Dec 9, 2011

TGIF and Week In Review (27)

Hosted by Ginger over at G-Reads, TGIF is a way to recap the week on your blog and answer a fun question she asks bloggers. Linking up spreads the word, so visit her blog for more info and to participate! :o) Here's the question for this week:

Book to Movie: Which book turn movie do you feel did the best adaptation? What about the worst?

Mickey: The best adaptation is almost hard to pick because I'm not always 100% sold on movies of books. Hollywood sometimes thinks they can change things all crazy and do whatever they want. I'm not always happy with that. Movies that stick to the book are the ones I like the most usually.
  • True Grit (2011)
  • Shutter Island (minus the last 2 minutes or so)
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • Pride and Prejudice (1940 is my fave, but I like the Colin Firth one and even the Keira Knightley one)
  • The Notebook
  • The Help
  • The Princess Bride
  • Hannibal movies
  • Atonement
The worst adaptation is easier to choose. Lots of movies have been done very poorly, and I can't stand that! Here are some of my least favorite book-to-movie adaptations.
  • PS I Love You (this was hardly close to the book)
  • A Walk To Remember (while I enjoyed the movie, I didn't like how different it was)
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
  • Twilight (loved the book, couldn't stand the first movie!)
  • The Lovely Bones
  • My Sister's Keeper (they completely changed the end!!)
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • He's Just Not That Into You (it's not even a fictional book..)

Maybe I'm too hard to please, I don't know. Just because I thought those movies were good adaptations, it doesn't mean they're my favorite movies. And just because I didn't like the book-to-movie adaptation part doesn't mean I didn't like the movie at all. Sometimes it's hard to separate the two, but those are all on my lists. Let me know yours! Happy Friday!

Stef: I think one of the worst book to movie adaptations I've seen yet was Queen of the Damned. I know that Aaliyah died during filming, but honestly... it was just awful. Which is a shame, because Interview With the Vampire was sooooo good, I was really hoping to see another Anne Rice novel come alive that I'd enjoy but alas, twas not to be.

One of the best book to movie adaptations... I think I would go with The Green Mile. The acting was fantastic, but I'm biased because I love Tom Hanks lol. It followed the book, the emotion was all there, it was very well done.

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  1. Lots of great ones that I've either read or watched the movie but not both...except for Twilight.

    Amy @

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who was unimpressed with the Twilight movie. I never read My Sister's Keeper, so I didn't know the movie ending wasn't the original ending. Shame.

  3. Movie adaptations are tricky things. There are times they work, but they have to change stories, characters or details. Then there are times they don't. For the most part, I just try to go in with an open mind.

  4. True Grit was one of my choices too! Yay, great minds. :)

  5. I love P.S. i Love you and A Walk To Remember but that could be because I haven't read the books :-O I also love the notebook! i think I am number four was a horrible adaption but an awesome book! I thought I would share!


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