Okay, so I’ve signed up for the Novel Films blogfest and I cheated slightly by doing the rounds before making my own post. I got some great ideas, and I’ve also decided that I’m not going to include play to film or comic book to film adaptations in my list, but I will include novel series into TV series, just for the heck of it.
So, here are the cases where I’ve read the book and scene it:
The Princess Bride – a true classic by any standard. Of course, it helps that the author of the book, William Goldman, wrote the screenplay as well and had a lot of experience adapting other people’s books into screenplays. On his DVD commentary, he said that if people could only remember him for one thing, he wanted that to be Princess Bride-related.
A Wrinkle in Time – a surprisingly good movie version of a favorite book. I got a chance to see this at the Toronto children’s film festival, Sprockets.
Earthsea. Ugh – not the worst fantasy film I’ve ever seen, but they messed up so much of the greatness of the two source books.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – took a long time to get made into a movie, and I think it was pretty much worth the wait. Just a shame that there won’t be movie sequels.
Starship troopers – joke of a movie, for such a great novel. Sigh.
The vampire diaries – I started watching the TV series first, and then went back to read the first book in the series, which was interesting, but overall I think I like the TV version better.
- Around the world in 80 days
- The Jungle Book
- How the Grinch stole Christmas
Books I’ve read that were turned into movies that I haven’t seen:
- Alice in Wonderland
- Dr No
- First two Harry Dresden
- From Russia with Love
- Harry Potter
- Howl’s moving castle
- I, Robot
- Lord of the Rings
- Narnia books
- Southern vampire series
- The Bicentennial man
- The Cat in the Hat
- The color purple
- The Great Gatsby
- Treasure Island
Movies I’ve seen made from books I haven’t read:
- A christmas carol
- Field of Dreams
- Jurassic Park
- The Wizard of Oz
- Total Recall
- various James Bond
So – was there anything in my lists that surprised you? What was the worst adaptation you’ve seen or heard about, and why?