Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers create their own lists based on the chosen topics and post links to our lists. It’s a way of all sharing our thoughts and our love of books. And who doesn’t love lists??
So this week’s challenge was to list the best/worst movie adaptations from books. To be fair, I only considered those where I have read the book and have seen the movie. There are many, many that I could add to both the lists of good and bad, but most are just mediocre – not fantastic, but not awful enough to offend me! You will see that my list is pretty heavy on children’s movies – having kids these are the movies I have seen the most often and typically multiple times so they are the ones that stuck with me!
- Harry Potter – I won’t try to pick the best of the movies – but they were all fantastic – some followed the books more closely than ever, but I never was disappointed after watching a Harry Potter movie.
- The Wizard of Oz – The movie may arguably be better than the book (ruby slippers are far superior to silver ones!).
- Gone with the Wind – A classic, beautiful costumes, wonderful cast, just a great movie if you have four hours to spare!
- To Kill a Mockingbird – Another classic – both the book and the movie are fabulous.
- Because of Winn Dixie – A wonderful family movie with a cast of great actors that closely mirrored the book.
- Charlotte’s Web – Both the 1973 animated movie and the 2006 movie were both fantastic depictions of this great childhood favorite.
- Tale of Despereaux – I LOVED this book and I HATED this movie! It was the most awful depiction of a book that I have ever seen, even my kids could not sit through it. Don’t waste your time!
- The Cat in the Hat – Great children’s book, horribly overdone ridiculous movie.
Some of Both…
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The 1966 cartoon is still a favorite from my childhood and I eagerly watch it every Christmas, but I am not a fan of the 2000 movie – too annoying, overdone, and ridiculous.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – I loved the 1971 version, a childhood classic, and an amazing world full of candy! But the 2005 version? I’m sorry, but Johnny Depp was far too creepy – I would never let my kids go into a candy factory with his character!