I am taking part in my first ever Bookish Blog Hope with my fellow book bloggers over at the Bookish Blog Hops FB group.
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Today’s question is:
Best film adaptation of a book
Ok I have a confession to make, I very rarely watch movies that I have actually read the book for! I also don’t see a movie based on a book and immediately jump to read it afterwards. With that in mind I love the classic movies like Dracula and Frankenstein – whilst many have been made all have different takes on the story.
I do think the Lord of the Rings books were done great justice when they were made into movies, along with several of Stephen Kings’s books – the more recent remake of IT being the better adaptation for sure!
Harry Potter is another that liked both the books and movies – it was great to see the Wizarding World come to life!
Now lets see what the others have to say:
Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com
There have been some really good film adaptations of Jane Austen books. Colin Firth will always be who I think of as Mr. Darcy thanks to the 1995 TV series of Pride and Prejudice. Sense and Sensibility with Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson was really well done too.
Leslie Conzatti – https://www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com
Okay, I have TWO favorites, and they’re both fantasy films: The Princess Bride and Stardust. The first has the unrivaled benefit of being written and directed by the same man who wrote the novel, itself–so reading the book is less like reading “the original” and more like reading the actual movie, but with all the deleted scenes, more like. No joke, I even watched the movie and followed along with the book once–the dialogue is almost verbatim! And the only parts “missing” are the side-stories and tangents that an author is free to pursue when writing a book… but a director is unfortunately constrained by a whole lot of things–time and resources being the least of his worries–so he wouldn’t really have that luxury. All that aside, it’s absolutely my favorite go-to when I want some cheesy, nostalgic fun that will never get old!
As for Stardust–normally, I would be rather disappointed if a movie didn’t match the book…. But in the case of this one, I definitely prefer the movie over the book. The characters are so much more engaging–especially Captain Shakespeare, played by Robert DeNiro. In the book, he’s little more than a side character, just a person to fill a role to get our intrepid hero from A to B. But just wait till you meet him on the film! It’s absolutely the best thing. So Stardust absolutely takes the cake as far as film adaptations go!
So the ultimate for me was the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but since I talk about LOTR so much, I am going for The Godfather. The book is a classic! I had never read it but when we founded Written By… , I decided that I had to review the book. I was hooked. The characters were JUST as they were in the novel. It was so amazing! The other two movies were not really part of the book, but they actually fit the characters as well. Michael Corleone is one of my favorite villainous protagonists EVER
I’m a bit thankful that Brandy chose to talk about The Godfather instead of LOTR. hehe. LOTR is really the best for me. In my heart there is nothing that can beat it. From characters, to the plot and to the cinematography – everything is perfect. I also find it more amazing because it was done in almost two decades ago and yet the quality of the films are perfect. I have watched the whole series (including The Hobbit) countless times now and yet I feel like I still can’t get enough. I need to hold myself though because watching it takes a whole day and I don’t usually have a free day. Hehe.
Great answers ladies! Be sure to check tomorrows stop over at Leslie Conzatti https://upstreamwriter.blogspot.com/ where we will be finding out what everyone has been reading with the prompt “Last book series you read“