Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is weekly meme created by the lovely folks at The Broke and the Bookish. They created it because they're "particularly fond of lists" and since I also enjoy lists, I've decided to participate in this fun feature.

Ah, book adaptations. This is something book lovers can debate for hours, I think. I know books and movies are two separate things. I understand when things need to be changed, adjusted, or altered. What works in a book doesn't necessarily work in a movie. I get it. What I don't like is when the strangest things are changed or the overall feel of the story is changed. I've done a combo list this week and have included some of my favourite and least favourite adaptations. A note on the least favourite: I did enjoy the movies but I just felt like they were lacking in some way, which I've tried to explain. What are some of favourites or least favourites when it comes to book to film adaptations?

Don't forget to check out their blog for a full list of everyone participating this week!

Least Favourite (in no particular order):

The Last Song/Dear John
I didn't like that some important (in my eyes) details were left out of The Last Song and I really didn't understand why they felt the need to change the ending of Dear John.

The Time Traveler's Wife
Amazing book, not very good movie (sorry Rachel McAdams).

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
I like the movie, I really do. But. Trying to combine three books into one movie? How do you decide what's left out and what's included?

Angels and Demons
To this day, this is the only movie that I've come out of saying "WTF?" in terms of what was changed. It was just odd.

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Why oh why did they have to put her in the US? The movie still could have worked with her in London. See: Bridget Jones's Diary.

Favourite (again, in no particular order):

The Notebook/A Walk to Remember
I like these two way more than the books. The eye candy doesn't hurt either.

The Princess Diaries
Ditto. Besides: Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews? Amazing.

The Hunger Games
I thought this was a really well done adaptation. Here's hoping Catching Fire will be just as good!

Under the Tuscan Sun
This was another one that I liked more than the book. It's also very different. But I will willingly watch the film over and over again but it took me ages to read the book. That says a lot, I think.

The Help
Another adaptation that I thought was really well done.

Final Fun Fact: I own all of the above movies except for Angels and Demons!


  1. I really liked Dear John! But that's probably because I haven't read the book :P Same with The Time Traveller's Wife. I agree about Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants....why did they have to try and cram so much into one movie! Princess Diaries is a classic.

    1. Dear John wasn't a bad movie overall but that change of the ending was just so ridiculous! That's why it makes it on the list :)

  2. I concur with Angels and Demons fullheartedly!

  3. You know not to get me started on adaptations haha


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