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Books to Movies (a constant work-in-progress)

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 2:06 am

Aren’t you glad that you live in a time when your favorite literary pieces could be turned into full-color and even 3D movies? I sure am! Below are some of my favorite print-film collaborations.

1. Harry Potter

Some movies were better than others but I couldn’t not watch any of them. So far, my favorites might be The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Goblet of Fire and Prisoner of Azkaban.

2. Pride and Prejudice 2005

Keira Knightley and Matthew McFadyen make the perfect Lizzie Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching this movie.

3. Lord of the Rings

I have only ever read The Hobbit (why, right?) but I’m amazed by the movies. Director Peter Jackson changed everything when he took on this project.

4. The Time Traveler’s Wife

One of the few instances when the movie made me want to read the book.

5. The Wheel of Time

Okay. Hahaha! This one is not entirely true! But rumors have been going around that the late Robert Jordan’s fantasy series The Wheel of Time will soon be turned into a movie. I sincerely hope so. I’ve only started reading his books lately but I have quickly developed a soft spot for the characters.

6. Girl with a Pearl Earring

I’m so forgetful I can’t believe I didn’t include this movie earlier. It was only in the middle of a blog discussion with a few peeps over at blog catalog that I remembered about Tracy Chevalier’s novel of the same name. This movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth and is about the famous painting Girl with a Pearl Earring by renowned artist Vermeer!

On the other hand, here are a few movie projects which, you might be surprised to learn, are based on books!

1. Minority Report

This film which stars Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg is actually based on a collection of Sci-Fi stories called The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick.

2. Die Hard

Yeah… Shocker.

I can’t think of anything else at the moment so I might post a follow-up entry to this one. What about you?  Any thoughts?

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  1. I loved the movie The Time Traveler’s Wife and for me too, it caused the book to be added to my to read list. The same thing happened for The Devil Wears Prada.
    I also recently discovered TV series based on books. I follow True Blood (based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels) and Bones (based on Kathy Reichs’ books). Since series consist of more hours, the playwrights don’t have to cut pieces on the book out. Quite the contrary! It ends up more like watching the books enriched by awesome, “original author approved” fan fiction. 😉

  2. I’ve read a couple of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and they crack me up!!! The series is slightly altered though, darker in a way… Didn’t really know what to make of it first (especially since some of the bits were a little more frightening, i.e. the maenad) but I eventually got hooked.

    I haven’t read The Devil Wears Prada yet although I have browsed the first few pages of it at the book store. It starts out differently, doesn’t it?

    • I actually prefer the series to the novel in the case of Sookie Stackhouse. It took me some time too before I got hooked.
      As for The Devil Wears Prada, yes, there are several differences but both the book and the movie are enjoyable, in my opinion.

  3. So love the Lord of the Rings movies but not the books. Haha. Makes me feel so sleepy even before I’m done with the first chapter.

  4. In the 30s and 40s, Hollywood did a superb job of bringing great and popular literature to the screen-running the gamut from Gone With The Wind to A Tale Of Two Cities. Now I find the film adaptations mostly uninspired because they lack the wonderful group of stock players who added so much color and verve to each Hollywood production.

  5. I will admit that I’ve never watched the two movies you mentioned (lists down titles). I did watch Gigi and that was quite enjoyable in a strange sort of way. 🙂

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