Top 10 Tuesday time! The weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week it’s….
The Top 10 Best (And Worst!) Movie/TV Adaptations
- Pride & Prejudice 1995, BBC Version: For me, this is the ultimate in adaptations. The casting is awesome (I know they were hooking up in real life, but seriously, how much chemistry did Colin Firth as Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth have in this? It’s amazing!), the costumes and scenery are gorgeous and I really enjoyed how it told the story.
- The Hunger Games. I watched this recently and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I loved the book and I think Jennifer Lawrence is perfect as Katniss. I know you can never truly please everyone with an adaptation of a book that is hugely successful but I think this one did a great job. Catching Fire is my favourite novel so I’m looking forward to seeing the movie version of that too.
- The Lord of the Rings. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t actually read all of these books. I’ve read the first two, each of which I read just after seeing the movie but I fell at the final hurdle and didn’t bother to read The Return of the King. However I think the job that was done bringing such epic books to the big screen was enormous. These movies were fabulous to watch.
- To Kill A Mockingbird. Um….two words. Gregory Peck. That is all.
- Bridget Jones’s Diary. The first one – I have to admit, I’m not as fond of the second one. But this one is fabulously funny and the fact that they scored Colin Firth to play Mark Darcy (who is basically based upon Colin Firth’s portrayal of Darcy in the above P&P adaptation) was just genius. Renee Zellweger utterly rocked it as Bridget – her casting caused an uproar as Zellweger is a famously sized 0 American. But her English accent was awesome and she put on a lot of weight to play Bridget…twice.
- Confessions Of A Shopaholic. I love Becky Brandon and the decision to make her American was pretty much an abomination. This is the reason I am so wary about book adaptations – when they change everything! Why make a movie based on a book if the final product doesn’t actually resemble the original? This one was just “meh” all around.
- Pride & Prejudice 2005 movie. Keira Knightley as Elizabeth…. I couldn’t get past that at all. In fact I’ve never actually watched this entire movie. I did try but it sounded more like an episode of Gilmore Girls than a period piece. It bored me and I didn’t like any of the characters. It may be I am already too firmly established in my love of the BBC version but this one I just do not have any time for.
- True Blood. Omg I wanted to love this. And I know that so many people do. I watched the first season and I honestly thought it was brilliant. I looked forward to seeing all of these books brought to life in the TV series. I love the books, I think they’re great (until you get to the last couple, but it’s finished now!). But somewhere in S2 I realised that this had deviated from the books and now, watching this, the books are totally unrecognisable. And for me, the books are just…better. I am watching a bit of S6 but it sums up a huge problem I have with the TV series: TOO MUCH BILL.
- Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. After the first movie, which was great, this one was an epic disappointment and no where near as good as the second book.
- The Last Song. A movie part that was created for Miley Cyrus – does it get any worse than that? I’m not a big fan of Nicholas Sparks, his books or the movies based upon them. But this one has got to be probably, the worst of the worst. Ever.
Honourable mentions for best: Emma, Sense & Sensibility, The Silence of the Lambs, Gone With The Wind, Game of Thrones (I haven’t actually watched this all the way through yet and nor have I completed the books so I couldn’t include it in my best 5 but it seems to be amazingly well done), Brokeback Mountain, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Shawshank Redemption.
(Dis)Honourable mentions for worst: Twilight et al, Dear John.
There are so many book-to-movie or tv adaptations that I’ve never seen. I’m always really wary about them so maybe today will help me put together a list of really good ones to check out!