As always, TTT is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic: top ten best/worst movie adaptations. I split this list into seven best and three worst.
1. Stardust, a book by Neil Gaiman -I think I actually prefer the movies.
2. Harry Potter series – So much awesome.
3. Lord of the Rings series- I think these came out better than the books.
4. Life of Pi – An incredibly beautiful film.
5. The Hunger Games – A great, great adaptation.
6. The Comfort of Strangers, a novel by Ian McEwan – Love this film. Book was meh.
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – American version. So, so good.
1. Twilight series- I actually kind of liked the books. The movies were laughably horrible.
2. Watchmen, a graphic novel by Alan Moore – Such an amazing complex graphic novel, got distilled into something that absolutely paled in comparison.
3. The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons – Tom Hanks is just not MY Robert Langdon.
Agree with The Hunger Games 100%! Can’t wait for the Catching Fire! 🙂
Where would Gatsby and On The Road feature? I thought these were two beautifully crafted films, although each very different in style. Difficult books to adapt too!
I haven’t seen either though I want to! I agree… Difficult books to adapt!
Watchmen I haven’t seen but I am assuming it misses out the Tales of the Black Freighter, which was one of the things that made the graphic novel. Hollywood ruin all the good stuff. On reflection maybe not the stuff from the best movie adaptations lol.
Harry Potter for all the flaws in the films actually come across as surprisingly watchable still. I had a marathon last year. Stardust is a book? I wish I would have read it first, great film though.
Another good one: The Help
Agree with most of them, except The Hunger Games. Wait, don’t kill me! I’ll tell you why. Two reasons:
1) Shaky cam at the start nearly destroyed me. Sooooo much shaking. Ack.
2) Arena was too clean. I’m not saying they necessarily needed to show more bloodshed or anything — it was just that no one really looked like they were HUNGRY. I believe the first time we see Rue after we enter the arena, she has her hair in lovely ringlets, not a speck of dirt on her face, looking hale and hearty and not at all like she’s been scrounging for survival for the past week. See the Battle Royale movie for an excellent example of what teenagers would look like after being in a gladiatorial death match for several days 🙂
I think shaky cam really killed it for most people haha. And good point about the cleanliness… I didn’t even notice that!
I agree with the Twilight series! LOVED the books, really did not like the movies though….
Why did anyone think Kristen Stewart can act? Also there’s such a thing as being too faithful to the books… The dialogue really didn’t work out loud