Todays Top Ten Tuesday Topic is Page to Screen: Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa.
Is the book always better?
Filmmakers are quick to adapt bestselling novels because the story is already there, and because a quality book often lends to an enjoyable, profitable motion picture. But, adaptations don’t always do a book justice. Sometimes the director leaves out some of the scenes that you may have loved. He might take some artistic liberties and change things to make the picture “flow”. He could even add characters that don’t appear anywhere in the book!
Today’s topic is 10 Favorite Book to Film/Screen Adaptations. I think these big and small screen efforts have managed to preserve their spirit and might even introduce the book/author to new audiences!
The Best Film/Screen Adaptations 🎞 🖥
1. The Princess Bride by William Goldman 🎞
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 🎞
3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan 🎞
4. Harry “Bosch” Series by Michael Connelly 🖥
5. The Martian by Andy Weir 🎞
6. You by Caroline Kepnes 🖥
7. Killing Eve by Luke Jennings 🖥
8. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Schaffer 🖥
9. A Dogs Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron 🎞
10. Beautiful Boy by David and Nic Sheff 🎞
The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn (10/4/19) with Amy Adams 🎞
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (12/25/19) with Emma Watson 🎞
Call of the Wild by Jack London (12/25/19) with Harrison Ford 🎞
The Worst Adaptation of the Best Book
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I could rant all day about how this book was ruined. But this guy said it best:
“I enjoyed myself during Ready Player One, but honestly? I walked out a little butt hurt. This is well worth repeating, and something I have to be conscious of often: film is a different medium and certain details from the book need to evolve or maybe get cut entirely in order for the story to play well in this new format. But in the case of Ready Player One, we’re comparing a book that covered years of Wade’s life to a film that essentially condenses his experience tracking down Halliday’s Easter egg into one adventure. I missed certain background details like Wade happily making the decision to ditch real world school to take classes on Ludus in the Oasis. I missed the stretch of time that passes between locating keys and getting through gates. I missed his move from his old hideout near the stacks to his apartment in Columbus where he essentially barricaded himself in an apartment before risking his life to save the Oasis”
PREVIOUS POST: Back in December I wrote about a few of my big and small screen favorites here.
QOTD: What’s your favorite book to movie adaptation?
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
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