Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is top ten best and worst book to movie adaptations, which I admit I had a bit of a tough time with, since I seem to see a lot of movies based on books I haven’t actually read, so can’t compare. I split my list into five best and five worst, a mix of all age groups and genres. You can join in today at this post here.
Top Five Best Book to Movie Adaptations
1. Bridge to Terabithia (2007) – despite modernizing it and not going as in depth around Janice Avery’s role in the book, I absolutely loved this movie and felt they stayed very true to the feel and plot of the story.
2. Peter Pan (2003) – a live action rendition of Peter Pan, I adore this movie. Peter is wonderful – kind of self-absorbed but fun, as is Tink with her jealousy. Probably not the most accurate rendition, but fun none-the-less.
3. The Devil Wears Prada – while they changed a bit of the ending, it still stayed true to the point of it. I also quite enjoyed the rest of the movie and felt it played well off the book.
4. Blade Runner – based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? I found the movie gave an image to everything gritty and raw that I was picturing while reading the book. Of course there are some changes, but the overall feel and tone of the work is still there.
5. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring/The Hobbit – since I’ve only read The Hobbit and the first LotR book, I can only mention those two (though I am highly assuming the other two were just as good). For such long books that they had to leave little parts and backstory out the movie, it was done very well!
Top Five Worst Book to Movie Adaptations
1. Ella Enchanted – I was entertained, but in this movie’s case, the book is 100 times better.
2. My Sister’s Keeper – up until a certain part, I loved this movie. I was crying, I was invested and it was great. And then they completely changed the entire ending and I was done. So done.
3. The Seeker: The Dark is Rising – again, I was entertained, but the movie lost a lot of what made the book(s) great. Especially since it’s based on the second book in the series, and disregards a lot of the connecting plots through the five books.
4. Eragon – it’s been a while since I’ve read the book and seen the movie, but I remember spending the entire movie being highly disappointed, and upset that they left out characters and had things changed.
5. Logan’s Run – ok, so I kind of absolutely love and adore this movie. But if we’re going to go with how true they stayed to the book? This was bad. Completely different from the book.