Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best and Worst Movie Adaptations

I've decided to jump on board with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations.

Okey doke, I'll start with best:

1. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton - I lurve this movie and book! Though parts of the book are held over for the third movie (pterodactyls!) I thought this was a really great adaptation. 

2. The Ruins by Scott Smith - agh! The perfect summer time thriller. The movie and the book are both great, though you definitely get more of the psychological impact from the book as a whole. 

3. Tell No One by Harlan Coben - strangely this one was actually adapted in France before anyone in the States jumped on it. It's probably better off. I love the director, the cast, and the movie as a whole. 

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - they really did a phenomenal job bringing this book to life on screen. Can't wait to see Catching Fire this fall.

5. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding - still one of my all-time favorites. And I have to watch the movie at least once a year.

6. The Harry Potter series, of course

7. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane - I loved this book and I thought the movie was really well done. I was glad that I'd read it before seeing it, though.


8. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern - While I don't totally hate this movie, any fondness I feel for it is simply because it's based on the book. The movie just doesn't live up to the promise of the book and the cast felt all wrong with a few exceptions.

9. The Twilight series - I did really enjoy the books. The movies had me seriously questioning that!

10. The Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child - the movie is kind of campy and kind of fun. As the book that introduces Pendergast, though, it sucks that his character was eliminated from the film altogether.

A few movies I can't wait to see:

1. Austenland by Shannon Hale - the book was super cute and I love that Bret McKenzie (of Flight of the Conchords) is in it.

2. Pure by Julianna Baggott - the movie rights were sold before the book even hit shelves. No word on when/if an actual film will go into production.

3. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith - Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, I can't freaking wait!


Shooting Stars Mag said...

I really can't wait for Catching Fire. I think Hunger Games was very well done.

And the HP movies and books will always be a favorite. :)

Jennifer | Book Den said...

I never thought about the pterodactyls being from the first book. The only scene I liked from the Lost World movie (on the beach) was also taken from Jurassic Park.

The Ruins almost made it on my list!

Whoops. The Relic was on my worst list. Hehe.