Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers from all over are invited to share their own lists based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top 10 Tuesdays here.

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Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

This one was a lot harder than I was expecting.  Here’s the thing: I’ve read the book but never seen the movie in some cases.  In other cases, I’ve seen the movie but I haven’t read the book.  I really need to work on that.  I actually have a confession to make.  As much as I love to read, I PREFER SEEING THE MOVIE FIRST.  It seems like pretty much everyone likes to read the book first, but I tend to enjoy both book and movie equally when I hold off on reading the book.  It’s just less stressful.  Here are my picks for my favorite and least favorite adaptations.

Best:

  • Lord Of The Rings.  The movies are the pretty much the only reason I could even get through the books.
  • The Hunger Games: Definitely one of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations.  There were a couple of scenes that were really irritating but it’s definitely one of my favorite adaptations.
  • Water For Elephants: Water For Elephants was such a great adaptation.  Despite half of the novel not making it to film (because other than the beginning, we don’t really need to see Jacob at the nursing home), I thought everyone did an amazing job bringing the story to life.
  • The Notebook: Because it is The Notebook.  That is all.
  • Prisoner Of Azkaban.  Not only is it my favorite HP book, but it’s also one of my favorite HP movies.
  • Pretty much anything Stephen King writes: I vaguely remember liking everything he’s written that’s appeared on the big screen, so I’m going with it.
  • Deathly Hallows, Part 1/Part Two: I liked each of them on their own, but together, I loved them!
  • Princess Diaries: I actually like that scenes from a lot of the books have made it into the two movies, and the movies were so fun to watch!

Worst:

  • The Other Boleyn Girl: I think.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t like it as an adaptation, but as a movie, completely separate from the book, I think I liked it.
  • Half-Blood Prince.  My least favorite of the HP movies.  Stuff was left out…but on the plus side, certain things were covered a bit more in Deathly Hallows.
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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

  1. I have The Other Boleyn Girl on my “worst” list too! I agree about Water for Elephants — in some ways, it was even better as a movie!

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