Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (92)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Top Ten Book-to-Movie Adaptations
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


The Best
1. Perks of Being a Wallflower
Maybe it's because it was written, produced, and directed by the author, but this is a flawless adaptation.

2. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
So this isn't a movie, but it's still a video adaptation. And it is the best Pride and Prejudice adaptation out there.

4. The Hunger Games
Except for the fact that they left out Peeta's leg, this is solid.

4. The Help
There was one scene they changed that bugged me, but it is a great movie. Gets me crying every time by the end.

5. The Great Gatsby (the new version)
Yeah, some of the camerawork is just plain cheesy. Overall, though, this is awesome!

The Worst
1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
This is bad enough that it could have all five of these spots. Seriously, not only did it reinvent the plot, but the new plot didn't even make sense. There was this meaningless time limit and- Spoiler Alert- they made Hades the bad guy. Like that's never been done in a story about Greek mythology. (Boring!)

2. Harry Potter and...(well, except for the 6th)
Mainly I don't like them because they left stuff out. I have a love-hate relationship with the movies.

3. Water for Elephants
The actual book is a perfect mixture of light and dark. The movie was just dreary and dark.

4. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 
There is no romance between Caspian and Susan. Come on.

5. Sherlock Holmes (the ones with Robert Downey, Jr.)
My friend really wanted to see one of these movies (I don't know which) and I have no words for how bad this is. This is not, in any way, shape, or form, Sherlock Holmes. You want to see a good- nay, great- adaptation of this detective? Go watch the BBC's Sherlock.

What book-to-movie adaptations do you love... or love to hate?

28 comments:

  1. I loveeeeee Perks <3333 I'd argue the 2005 P&P was the best but then I'd get attacked by real Austenite lol

    My TTT

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    1. I don't know how many Austen books you have to read to be an Austenite, but if I qualify, I'm definitely not going to attack you for that! I love the 2005 version. (Seriously, I watch it whenever it's on. I have such a girl crush on Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFayden is just gorgeous.) Still need to see the Colin Firth version, though.

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  2. Great top ten! I loved Perks, but PJ and Sherlock were indeed just aweful..

    My TTT:
    http://evelinesbooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/top-ten-tuesday.html

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    1. The Sherlock movie would have been fine, had it not been named Sherlock Holmes. If it it had just been a historic detective movie, it would have been fine.

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  3. I love that you included LBD in your best. It really is a great adaptation, and as blasphemous at feels to say Daniel is my favorite Darcy ever.

    I have a love/hate relationship with the HP movies too but 6 is the one that goes firmly in hate category for me. I can't watch it at all.

    Prince Caspian made my worst list too. Ugh.

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    1. Daniel just captures everything about Darcy- his awkwardness, his pride, his loyalty. He's definitely my favorite, too. :)

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  4. I loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower- but havent had a chance to read the book yet- totally agree on the Sherlock Holmes too!

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    1. Hope you get the chance, soon! It's a fantastic book.

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  5. I loved the Harry Potter movies. I've heard The Lightning Thief wasn't any good (and I've seen it on some lists today). I will probably watch it eventually anyway.

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    1. I have a love-hate relationship with the HP movies. Even though I vented for an hour after I saw them the first time, I still watch them every time they're on TV! haha

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  6. The Hunger Games is on my list as well :) Thanks for sharing your picks!

    My TTT: http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/top-ten-best-and-worst-book-to-movie-adaptation-experiences/

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  7. OMG I totally agree about the LBD!! As far as P&P adaptations/remakes go, that series is seriously, astonishingly amazing.

    And I also agree about the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies. I found them entertaining, but they are in no way true to the spirit of the original stories. The BBC's Sherlock is SO good. And I'm also absolutely in love with Elementary - not sure if you've seen that, but definitely worth checking out.

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    1. I've heard Elementary is great, but Sherlock is so perfect that I'm hesitant to check out another, similar show. You know?

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  8. Oh my gosh, I should have totally included The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!!! Love that so much.

    I love all the HP movies, even though they left stuff out. Unfortunately that has to happen when books turn into movies. I feel like they had the feel of the books, though, and tried to remain as true as possible. Just my opinion, though.

    Yes, Percy Jackson was such a disappointment.

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    1. I totally agree that movies have to leave stuff out, but sometimes they changed things unnecessarily or left out scenes that I felt were really important, and that's what bugs me about them. Also, love Daniel Radcliffe, but his acting in the first two/three movies is a bit meh. There's a lot to love about the HP movies, though! I'm with you on that. :)

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  9. Thanks for stopping by The Book Connection. I've never been able to watch a Great Gatsby movie. I had to read the book in high school and couldn't stand it. I'm still afraid to re-read it in case I still think it stinks. :)

    I agree about Caspian. That's modern Hollywood for you.

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    1. Really? The Great Gatsby is one of my favorites. It helps that I had an extraordinary English teacher, though (and it was his favorite book). If you ever do reread it, I hope you like it more the second time around!

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  10. Could not agree more with you about the RDJr Sherlock Holmes movies. They are a travesty!

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    1. I actually closed my eyes and tried to fall asleep at one point because I just could not watch it anymore, lol!

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  11. YES!!! The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!! I was glued to my computer at 12 (when it posted in my time zone) every Monday and Thursday. I thought it was so clever and so well done!

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    1. My friend and I would watch them together on my iPod. We're planning a marathon LBD day this summer!

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  12. I still need to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I loved The Lizzie Bennet Diaries though my favorite P&P adaptation is the Colin Firth one. Great list!

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  13. I so need to read and watch The Great Gatsby soon. So excited!

    Perks of Being a Wallflower is such a good adaptation! And I really enjoyed Sherlock Holmes movies, I think I need to watch the TV show already so I can compare.

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    1. If you watch Sherlock, I hope you like it! It's much truer to the original books.

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  14. I soooo need to watch Perks. Perhaps I will do that tonight! Awesome list! :)

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