Friday, May 27, 2011

BOOK BLOGGER HOP 5/27-5/30: Going to the movies!

Book Blogger Hop

Hurray! Friday again! Time for the Book Blogger Hop. A chance to connect with other book bloggers and share the love of reading and blogging. Hosted by Crazy for Books, it's also a great way to find new books to read -- or in today's case, new movies to add to your Netflix queue.

The question today is:
"What book-to-movie adaptation have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"

The movie that immediately springs to my mind is Gone With the Wind. I saw the movie when I was in my young teens, before reading the book. What pageantry! What romance! I immediately got hold of the book. The book is richer and more complex than the movie. Even more of an epic. And of course, the movie had to leave some things out. But considering how big the book is, I think the movie does do a good job of capturing it.

I don't watch movies very often (as may be obvious by the age of my "like"--but, just for the record, GWTW was already a classic by the time I saw it-- I'm not that old) so I don't really have a dislike. The closest I can think of is the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It's multiple episodes. I started to watch the first one with my daughter after reading the book. It just seemed flat and slow. We couldn't get into it so we gave up.

There are two adaptations I'm looking forward to though-- The Help and Hunger Games.

WAIT!! I remembered another adaptation that I loved that is actually from this millenium. Winter's Bone. The movie is incredible. It didn't spring to mind at first because I forgot it was an adaptation. (I haven't read the book.) I remembered because the Hunger Games actress, Jennifer Lawrence, was the star of Winter's Bone.

8 comments:

  1. You mention some good books and movies! I read and watched Gone with the Wand so long ago I can't really make a comparison but I liked both.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend!

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  2. I'm looking forward to The Hunger Games as well. I really hope they can pull it off and that it's not a huge disappointment.

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    I absolutely loved every minute of the Lord of the Rings films and felt they hit the mark when they brought Tolkien’s masterpiece to the big screen.
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  4. I'm also looking forward to The Hunger Games, too.

    I'm probably one of the only people who feels this way, but I strongly disliked the movie version of Gone With the Wind. I loved Pride & Prejudice though :-)

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  5. I am looking forward to The Help.
    I want to see those strong characters on the big screen.

    carol

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  6. Someone else mentioned GWTW. I can't believe I didn't think of that one. I loved the movie and the book.

    I'm actually NOT looking forward to the adaptations of THE HELP and HG. What if Hollywood gets it ALL wrong? I hate that!

    Anyway, glad to have found you via the Hop!

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  7. I'm definitely looking forward to The Hunger Games...and I didn't realize that The Help was going to be a movie! I need to read that one!

    xo :)

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  8. I agree. Winter's Bones is amazing. I didn't read the book either.

    http://www.notreadyforgrannypanties.com/2010/07/winters-bones-directed-by-debra-granik.html

    I am also looking forward to The Hunger Games

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