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Top Ten Tuesday #1: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations July 9, 2013

Filed under: Books,Top Ten Tuesday — Maura @ 11:37 am

I’ve had this blog for a while, but have been horrible about posting. Time to remedy it! As well as the occasional recipe (once our kitchen has been put back together!) and some home preschool/toddler craftiness, I’m gonna throw in some book stuff. Let’s face it, reading is my kryptonite. I’ve only come across a few books I haven’t been able to finish, and most of those I’ve gone back to and then finished them. Most of my recommendations come from my lovely friend, Mary, over at her blog, Mary Had a Little Blog, or sequels/other series by authors I already know/like. So I’m hoping to spread some more love for reading. At first, I thought about just doing some reviews and such on the books I read for ME, but why not review some for the kiddos too? Not like I don’t read a million and one of those a week anyway (: So to kick off this book review part of my blog, I’m going to participate in the Top Ten Tuesday event The Broke and The Bookish do. I’ve been reading these on Mary’s blog for a while, and then went over to TBTB and checked it out on their site and thought, eh, why not?

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The Best (in no particular order cause I just can’t do it!):

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Let’s face it, in today’s world, the black and white films are a little neglected. We want 3D, in your face explosions, with colour EVERYWHERE. Sometimes, it’s nice to appreciate simplicity. TKM is one of my favourite books of ALL TIME. For real. I could read it on a weekly basis and it wouldn’t get old. I can still relate to Scout today.


The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I know, there’s been a lot of back and forth on this. I honestly loved the adaptation. Yes, things were changed, but growing up with the details being changed in Harry Potter, I’ve grown to view adaptations from a book lover and movie lover perspective. I have grudgingly accepted that a 100% true to the book adaptation just isn’t feasible for most books. Moving on from that, I really loved this. Jennifer Lawrence isn’t just the actress that portrays Katniss, she really brings her to life. And don’t get me started on Peeta and Gale (;


As far as true to the book adaptations go, Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets always feels like the closest to me. I’ll admit, I didn’t care for the book, but I was thrilled with how closely they followed the book in the movie. Yes, looking back on it, it feels overly childish. I WAS a child when it came out and it’s a CHILDREN’S series so yeah. I’m still in love with the casting for the series. Alan Rickman IS Snape.


Da vinci Code by Dan Brown. I read the book before I went to France in 2006 and just before the movie came out. I love the book. LOVE the book. I was okay with the bits they changed. To me it makes it a bit easier to follow on screen. You can only do so much with actions to convey a heavy realisation like that. My mom hated how they changed it. Never thought my mom would be the purist over me for page to screen adaptations.


The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Really? Do I NEED to explain the awesomeness of this adaptation? I own the theatrical release and extended release on DVD and the extended on blu-ray. Really. My husband and I are obsessed.


The Chronicles of Narnia
by CS Lewis. The new ones, not the ones from the 80s/90s. I love the books, I love the movies they’ve done. I wish they could do them all with this cast, but the rate they’re releasing them, I don’t think that’s gonna happen and that really makes me sad.


The Bad and the Ugly (again, in no particular order):

Come on, Disney. We know how you are at ruining things. I love you, but really? WHY did you have to screw this up? Good for you for getting the Mowry twins, but really? They are NOT Cam and Alex in any way shape or form. My best friend and I devoured these books when they were being released. We were ECSTATIC about a movie being made. We got burned. Third degree burns. Shame on you, Disney, shame on you.

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I’ll admit it. I started with The Da Vinci Code, but I read this one the next summer before/while I went to Italy, Greece, and Scotland in 2007. I loved it more than I loved Code. It was great reading about the Vatican while I was there. Book = amazing. Move = are you kidding me? This had such potential. I understand that they flipped it to seem like this comes after Code since it’s the more known of the two. But everything they piddled with and changed just stunk. I’m all for changing details when it adds to the story, but to me, EVERYTHING was awful. I love Ewan McGregor, but he just did not fit his role. That being said, I’m not sure I’m looking forward to The Lost Symbol and Inferno. Movies, I’ve read the books. That’s a whole different can of worms though!


The Twilight Saga
Yes, I fan girled over the vampires. But another read, and I still to this day wonder what about them I love so much. They’re so simply written. They have the potential of being GREAT, but just no. Don’t get me wrong, there are parts of the movies I do like. Kristen Stewart as Bella is not one of them. The way they do the sparkle on the vampires, I do not like. Cameron Bright and Dakota Fanning, perfect casting.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I don’t even know if I can go there on how disappointed I was with this. It’s one of my favourites in the series. When I saw the preview of the attack on the Weasley house, I blew a gasket. I refused to go see it in theatres. It’s the only one I didn’t see in theatres.


The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory. I have to watch this pretending there is no book. Let’s just leave it at that.


Where the Wild Things Are
I can’t even begin to describe how much I LOATHED this movie.



The Host by Stephenie Meyer. This book falls under the I started, couldn’t finish, put it down for a year, picked it back up, and then devoured it books. I needed time away from Twilight before I could start this one. The movie looks really good, I just haven’t had a chance to see it yet.


City of Bones
by Cassandra Clare. I flew through TMI and TID like they were novellas. I loved all of them. I am leery on the movie adaptation though. I always am when a book comes to the big screen. I have to read the book again before I see the movie and then have to go into it not thinking like a purist. It’s a long complicated process for me haha.


Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins. So. Excited.


I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my list. Until then, I avoid all movie news.


The Maze Runner
It’s the same as Divergent.



I think that’s all for now. At least off the top of my head, not raiding my movies or books haha.


7 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday #1: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations”

  1. Jorie Says:

    I like how you listed the movies you’re anticipating. Please check out my list – Top Ten Book-to-Movie Adaptations | Jorie’s Reads by Starry Night Elf

  2. Smart idea on The Other Boleyn Girl – it was a great flick, if it is not compared to the book.. . I like your lists, especially that Twilight is on the worst side of it. 🙂

    My Top Ten

  3. Oh my gosh, I felt the same about Harry Potter 6! There was absolutely no need to burn down the Burrow and what the heck was up with Harry and Ginny’s first kiss? It was so awkward and horrible! So it made my bottom as well! Great list 🙂

    Here’s my Top Ten!

  4. Caroline Says:

    I totally agree about Twilight! I feel exactly the same!
    If You have a sec please check out my top ten

  5. Mary Says:

    So here’s where you and I differ: I have HATED To Kill a Mockingbird since 9th grade. I have never finished it. I have no interest. But I do agree with a lot of the rest of your list. 🙂

    • Maura Says:

      MARY! Really?! You hate TKM? My heart hurts for you, my friend!

      • Mary H Says:

        Yep, really. At the point that I was assigned TKM in school, I was already a voracious reader. I had my own preferences, and it didn’t match any of them. I wonder if I went back, would I like it more, but I’m just too busy to attempt that experiment right now.

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