Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Top Ten tuesday: Books to Movies

The "Top Ten Tuesday" meme is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week's topic is film adaptations of books. I like watching movies created from books, but I usually like the book better.

My top ten are:
The Lord of the Rings (movie)
I don't usually reread books, but this series is an exception. I loved the movies too. They stayed remarkably close to the book. Wonderful.

Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy (movie)
This was an edge of your book kind of book, I couldn't put it down. The movie was thrilling and it starred Sean Connery. what's not to love?

Big Trouble by Dave Barry (movie)
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. I read anything I can of Dave Barry's. The movie was perfect and it stars Tim Allen!

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt (movie)
This is one of the rare times I saw the movie before I read the book. The moviewas strange, interesting and funny. I had to read the book.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (movie)
I read this one pretty soon after it was published and loved it. I was excited when the movie came out and was not disappointed. The people that played the parts were all perfect. If you haven't read this one and seen the movie, do it!

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (2002 movie)
I've read this one a couple of times over the years and will probably read it again sometime. The 2002 movie with Jim Caviezel was really good.

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (Movie)
I got this one to read for a challenge a couple of years ago and was surprised at how much I liked it. It was sad and sweet with a little romance and a little worry. I liked the book much better than the movie, but that was still good.

The Green Mile by Stephen King (movie)
As a Stephen King fan it was hard to limit myself to just one King book on this list. I read this when it came out in serial form, I still have the little monthly installments. Great book, great movie! Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan were wonderful!

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (movie)
Action adventure all the way. The book and movie grabbed my imagination and held it all the way to the end.

* The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (movie) This is a historical murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327. I like reading mysteries like this set in the past. This one was translated from Italian. Both the book and the movie are musts! It doesn't hurt that Sean Connery stars in this one, too.


Kayla + Cyna said...

Lots of good picks that totally slipped my mind (probably because I've never read the books, lol). But Green Mile, Jurassic Park, Where the Heart Is, and Count of Monte Cristo were all really fun movies :D Especially Where the Heart Is - so sweet <3

danya said...

Wow, I haven't seen a lot of these! I agree that Lord of the Rings was fabulous, and although some things were cut/altered (no Tom Bombadil!) for films they do stay quite close to the story.