99.9% of the time when I watch a movie that started as a book, the book is way better. But there are those rare times when the movie is halfway decent. So what’s on my list of good book-movies? Let’s take a look at a couple.
The Princess Bride has to be at the top of my list, if not the #1 of all time book-movies. I think it’s the way the book is written that plays a major roll in the way the movie turned out. The book has a really inviting quality to it that was just begging for a movie.
I was always really into the whole 50s deal. Elvis, leather jackets, Converse Allstars, and the Grease movies. So, naturally, The Outsiders became a quick favorite of mine. Who can ever forget characters like Ponyboy and Sodapop Curtis? The book is still better- readers get to see more of Ponyboy’s thoughts and feelings- but the movie is still able to convey many of those.
There’re many others that toe the line in a strange, not-quite-the-book way as well. The Phantom of the Opera is a great book (if not a bit long) and has many adaptations. The musical is the most well known, but it greatly differs from the book. In the musical Eric (the phantom) is made to look more hansom than his deformed book counterpart, and his relationship with Christine is romanticized. BUT… I still love both the musical and the book (the old b/w silent film isn’t so bad either).
If you haven’t been able to guess yet, I am a bit of a Shakespeare nerd, my favorite work of his being Much Ado About Nothing. Again there are several adaptations from high school stage plays to movies, but in 2011 David Tennant and Catherine Tate came together as Benedick and Beatrice for an awesome modern version of the play. Sadly, it’s not available on dvd. Luckily, you can buy or rent a download on DigitalTheatre.
Another of my book-movie loves is the Lord of the Ring and Hobbit movies. They are all long, missing many of the little detailed parts that the books have, but overall the movies turned out great. So in this Giveaway Hop I’ll be giving away a DVD copy of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug!
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