Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

This weekly meme brought to you by the Broke and the Bookish!

This weekly meme brought to you by the Broke and the Bookish!

We already talk a lot about this topic! My main problem is that I haven’t read enough books. If I’ve only seen the movie adaptation, I can’t let myself put it on the list.

If only we could be more all-knowing. Sigh!

Kaite is a bit more all-knowing than me in this regard. Her voice will be represented here in green. Apologies to any colour-blind individuals who find themselves reading this. The truth is Kaite wrote most of it!

5 Worst:

The Golden Compass (2007) – How could they do this to these beloved books! The movie takes away everything great about them.

Atlas Shrugged (2011) – Because books at a level like this should not be given low budgets and pitiful effort. Did the producers read the book? Making sub-par product is kind of against the grain!

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) – A wonderful graphic novel made into a horrible film (which my husband loves).

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009) – As a flimsy chick-lit this book was already toeing the line as an awful movie. It was handled horribly, ruining everything I liked about the book.

Gulliver’s Travels (2010) – Poor Johnathon Swift. You deserve better than Jack Black at his worst.

Bonus: A Little Princess (1995) – This is one of my best-ever movies, but it’s nothing like the book (several reasons why are listed here).

5 Best:

Life of Pi (2012) – Everyone thought it was impossible to bring this book to film and do it justice. Ang Lee accomplished an amazing feat.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – If only Alfonso Cuarón had directed all of the Harry Potter films.

The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) – The movie is the perfect Hollywood translation of Dumas’ classic.

Jane Eyre (2011) – This movie oozed with the essence of Bronte’s classic for me.

The Bourne Identity (2002) – Love the trilogy. When I read Identity I couldn’t believe this was the source material for the movie. It is amazing how much they elevated the story, aided of course by the advances in technology.

Bonus: Mary Poppins (1964) – The movie totally kicks the book’s butt. When I read this book years ago I was stunned at how different the two were. The author, P. L. Travers is said to have not liked the film at all.

Ten movies that make us want to read the book:

  • Children of Men
  • Atonement
  • The Kite Runner
  • The Hours
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Kaite)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Kaite)
  • Precious (Kaite)
  • Blindness (Deborah)
  • The Great Gatsby (Deborah)
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (Deborah)

Now tell us some of your best/worst/to-be-read!

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5 responses

  1. Children of Men is one of my favourite movies, but it really shares only the basic premise with the novel. I found the book to feel really out of date in comparison, more than you might expect considering they’re only separated by fourteen years. But the movie’s almost more of a re-imagining, in the vein of something like Blade Runner.

    Also, can we add a “weirdest adaptation of a picture book” category for Jumanji?

  2. Atonement is the worst movie EVER and I can’t believe they didn’t even make Confessions of a Shopoholic British! P.S. LITTLE WOMEN! ANNE OF GREEN GABLES!! And I agree – I want to read The Great Gatsby too!

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