Winter is slowly coming to an end, which means those lazy days spent in front of the TV because it was too cold to leave the house are a thing of the past. Being the book lovers that we are, we thought it might be fun to commandeer this week’s QOTW for our favorite book-to-film adaptations, in honor of our treasured winter months gone by!
In terms of ‘Best’ I think the Fight Club movie stayed really true to the book. But in terms of my favorite, What Dreams May Come wins hands down. It was way better than the book, and completely gorgeous, to both the ears and the eyes. It just blows the book out of the water. I really hope heaven is like the one presented in What Dreams May Come.
-The Secret of N.I.M.H., adapted from Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H.
-Howl’s Moving Castle
-Pride and Prejudice (both the BBC and Kiera Knightley versions)
-Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (best one)
-The Lord of the Rings
-The Black Cauldron (don’t judge!!!)
-The Last Unicorn
-Gone With The Wind
-The Princess Bride
I’m rather fond of the Kiera Knightley PRIDE AND PREJUDICE adaptation, too…as long as we disregard the meadow scene and the sappy American ending, lol. Something about lovers walking in slow-mo across the screen at one another as the sun rises (and his shirt is unbuttoned) hits me the wrong way. My sap meter goes through the roof 😛
I liked the ATONEMENT adaptation, too. (wow, I’m just on a Kiera Knightley kick, apparently). I thought Saoirse Ronan was brilliant in that. Hmmm…what else?
Well, this is a BBC production and not a movie, but the most recent EMMA adaptation with Ramola Garai is quite nice, too.
And if anyone is looking for a modern-take take on SHERLOCK HOLMES, “Sherlock,” co-created by Moffat and Gatiss, is a great three-part series. Apparently, I have a thing for movie adaptations of British literature??
ETA: Ooh, I can’t forget HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE!! I think that’s one of the
only book/movie pairs where I can’t say which one I like more. I love
them both equally on their own terms 😀
And I can’t believe no one mentioned this one — Black Beauty! That was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I am not ashamed to say I still watch the movie occasionally. It’s just too pretty not to.
Also, I know I’m getting ahead of myself here, but the new Jane Eyre movie. I’m currently reading the book, and from what I’ve read, compared with the trailer, I’m sure it’ll be fantastic! In the same vein, the 1999 version of Mansfield Park is also one of my favorite. I’m such a sucker for period pieces based on literature.
Sarah already said Stardust but I have to agree! I love the music, and the sweetness of the characters. I also adore that they have different endings. They both work for what they are as a piece of art/literature. Even though I do like the ending of the book more, because bittersweetness just gets to me :).
I gotta agree with Sarah and Biljana: STARDUST! I actually prefer the movie over the book. ::sigh:: Tristan is just so adorable and conflicted. Plus, the music! What a score!
I of course love almost all the ones everyone else named, but they BEAT me to it! ::waves fist at LTWFers above::
Other wonderful movie adaptations: LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy is fantastic, JURASSIC PARK (one of my favorite books as a kid, but I couldn’t see the movie until I was 13 because of the darn PG-13 rating. Ha! If my parents only knew the content of the novel!), THE PRINCESS BRIDE is as hilarious and exciting as the book, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY with Johnny Depp is just amazing, and ABOUT A BOY (probably one of my all time favorite movies, and possibly better than the book, which is also fabulous!).
I’m seconding Sarah on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (totally the best one!) and The Lord of the Rings. I’m also a mad fangirl for the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I liked the Keira Knightley movie, too, but not quite as much.
I’m seconding Kat on the BBC version of Emma, it actually made me like Mr. Knightley a lot (I used to think he was kind of a creep). And I totally agree with Sarah and Kat on Howl’s Moving Castle; I think I may still like the movie better than the book! Also, while the book The Shining made more sense overall and I’m a big fan of the epilogue, I really like the movie, and definitely prefer its ending scenes.
Wow. There are a lot already mentioned here that are great, but I think I have to go with the Kiera Knightley version of Pride & Prejudice. And I hate to say it, Kat, but that slow-mo scene of Lizzy and Darcy meeting at dawn is my FAVORITE SCENE in the whole movie! Guess I’m just a sappy romantic. 😉