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Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

9 Jul

I haven’t posted a Top Ten Tuesday in like forever, but I really liked the topic of this one.

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The Best

1. The Mists of Avalon

This is my favorite book. It is also my favorite book to screen adaptation. Because the book is about 900 pages long there was no way  this could have been made into a traditional movie and incorporate all the great aspects of novel. So a mini-series was definitely necessary and it was really awesome. Like other adaptations it isn’t 100% perfect, but I love it just the same. I even like the ending change, which is not what normally happens.

2. All the Harry Potter films

I know a lot of people think there is a lot missing from these movies, but I love them so much. It would be impossible to make any of the movies completely accurate without them turning into a mini-series (see above). The characters are perfect, the sets are amazing and they truly bring the stories to life in a way I never could have imagined on my own.

3. The Help

I sped through this book so fast. I loved every minute of it. And I thought the movie was awesome. It was so great to see the stories that I so loved reading played out in such a great way.

4. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Another great book about crazy southern women. I am addicted to Southern chick-lit and Ya-Ya Sisterhood is one of my faves. I thought the casting in this adaptation was flawless and the movie was so good. Some stuff was left out, but I didn’t feel like it was anything important.

5. The Princess Bride

Even if you have never read the book, you probably already know that this movie is amazing! I loved that the book was an assigned reading for high school English and I was super shocked at how few people knew it was a book. Unlike many adaptations I think this is one you can see first and read the book later. They are both so good, you can’t possibly get bored even though you know the ending.<!–more–>

The Worst

6. The Handmaid’s Tale

This movie is awful. The acting is terrible, the story is unbelievable and it is just so 1990 looking. The book was one of my favorites in high school and I was so disappointed in the movie. I had to do a comparison paper for English senior year between a novel and its film adaptation… I chose this one before ever seeing it and it was very easy to compare and contrast the two. Book=great/Movie=awful.

7. Confessions of a Shopaholic

I actually liked the movie, but it really isn’t like the books. It also doesn’t make sense because the main character isn’t British and isn’t in England. That is kind of a big deal for the book series. Plus there is no way to make a sequel work since the 2nd book is all about her moving to New York (the setting of the movie) and getting accustomed to American life.

8. The Hunger Games

I love the book. I thought the movie was going to be amazing… I was wrong. The movie was okay, but confusing. I took my boyfriend with me to see and he had no idea what was happening. Since I’d read the books I didn’t realize how confusing it must be for someone who hadn’t read it. So many things just aren’t explained and it makes the movie plot scattered and confusing.

9. The Other Boleyn Girl

This book is definitely Philippa Gregory’s best work, but the people who made the movie didn’t understand the concept of all. The book is about Mary Boleyn, the sister of Anne Boleyn. She was with the king first, bore him a child and was then cast off for the seductress Anne. The movie is all about Anne with a bit of Mary just thrown in. It makes no sense. I saw it once and that was more than enough.

10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Whoa there… don’t jump on my case without reading further. I love this movie. I have the poster hanging in my dining room. I dressed up as Holly Golightly for Halloween once. It is an incredible piece of pop culture. But it isn’t a true adaptation of the book by Truman Capote. The movie is a romance between a young man with little means and young woman working the system to survive. In the book the man is gay and the woman is basically a prostitute. Not quite the material of a mid 60s Hollywood romance. Still a great film, just not a great adaptation.

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