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60-Day Book Meme - Day 55

Day 55 - Favorite film adaptation of a novel? Most disappointing film adaptation?

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anything_can_be
Mar. 24th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
I think the best adaptation is To Kill a Mockingbird. Rarely do I like a movie even half as much as I like the book (assuming that the book isn't awful in its own right and the movie actually saved the book). In this instance both the movie and the book a superb.

Honorable mentions go to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. While neither movie series' adaptations hold a candle to the books, the movies as separate entities are fantastic. I will put on LotR just so I can see the battle scenes. Epic battles are epic!

The most recent disappointment that comes to mind is The Hunger Games. It's an odd juxtaposition, the movie felt like it was 2D while the book was in 3D. There was a superficial feel to the movie, in my opinion. Jennifer Lawrence made a great Katniss, but the inability to get into her head to the degree that the reader is able in the novel really strips the experience of an important emotional layer. I hear the second movie is actually better than the book, though I have yet to see it. I didn't much care for the novel Catching Fire, so I can easily imagine this to be the case.
imagine_peace
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:27 am (UTC)
I must thoroughly agree about To Kill A Mockingbird.
bic_hok
Mar. 24th, 2014 10:56 am (UTC)
Most disappointing film adaptation of a book would have to be Queen of the Damned. I loved the film adaptation of The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and I also like the film adaptation of Game of Thrones.
imagine_peace
Mar. 26th, 2014 04:26 am (UTC)
Oooh I love the 1995 adaptations of both Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice (Actually there are many adaptations of Jane Austen's work that I love, and some I don't really care for). The film High Fidelity I love and the book is great too. Obviously, all The Lord of the Rings books and movies are great. I like Wuthering Heights quite a bit, though I think I'm the only person who likes it haha, and I liked the 1939 adaptation. I prefer the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to the movie, but that was still good. I loved East of Eden and the movie. The 1949 film of Little Women is my absolute favorite movie and the book is good of course.


The movie version of The Fountainhead was not great, but the book isn't popular and can be difficult to read. I'm glad I read it but it was quite a challenge.
meneleth
Mar. 26th, 2014 06:17 pm (UTC)
I have yet to see a film version of The Little Princess that lives up to the book.
idreamofpie
Mar. 27th, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
Lord of the Rings hands down! I love the books and the movies so much. The worst adaptation for me would be Ella Enchanted. That novel was my everything when I was a kid. I'd literally start it over whenever I finished it then upon hearing Anne Hathaway was going to be in the film, that just made me rage. They didn't follow the story which is ok because there have been tons of movies that are loosely based on books and are done well but the film version didn't even keep the essence of the book or was at least well written.
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