Monday, November 9, 2015

Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I Would Consider Watching

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

My husband and I are opposites when it comes to books and movies. I read voraciously but only watch about two movies a year, while he is a movie buff who might make it through a couple of books in the course of a year. We are most likely to enjoy the same stories if they're available in both print and film.

For this week's topic, I looked over some lists of books that have been made into movies, and quickly determined that the majority of them fell into two categories:
  1. I have seen the movie.
  2. I chose not to see the movie because I could only deal with the story's violence/gore in a book, not on screen.
That left me with only a handful of books whose movie adaptations I have never seen, but which I would consider watching.

1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
This is one of the top books I want to reread because I don't remember much except that I liked it a lot, and it was super long. If I never get around to rereading it, I should at least watch the movie.

2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
My husband watched this movie in high school, and when I was reading the book he was like, "Did you get to the part yet? You'll know what I mean." I never could figure out which scene he meant. Apparently there is a classic climactic scene of Miss Havisham on fire that is really not as interesting in the book. So I guess I need to see the movie to appreciate it.

3. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
I'm a fairly reluctant reader of fantasy, but this one is all about books and reading, and I'd be interested to see how it translates to film. Somehow I doubt it quite captures the essence of the story, but it could be fun to watch anyway.

4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I read this book about five years ago and I didn't really understand the hype about it. Maybe I would appreciate it more as a movie? I tried to watch The March Family Letters but had to stop because the acting was so bad, which is unfortunate because I heard that it did some cool story-bending with sexual orientation.

5. Marley & Me by John Grogan
I am not the kind of person who cries every time a dog dies in a book or movie, but I did enjoy this memoir and would watch the film adaptation because puppies are cute.

6. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
I liked this book a lot, even the controversial ending, but I heard they changed the ending for the movie, which was its own controversy. I'd be interested to see how it was changed and whether it still works.

7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I know, there are multiple film adaptations of this, and people have big arguments over which is the best, and there's a thing about Colin Firth being in a lake, and I still haven't seen any of them. I did watch — and love — The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, but that was a web video format, not a movie. I would totally watch a movie version, though — tell me your favorite in comments.

8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
My husband got me a copy of this movie when we were in college (back when I still thought I should buy him books and he thought he should buy me movies), and I never watched it. I eventually got rid of it. The book was good enough that I would still be interested in watching the movie, but I just never have.

9. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The ratings of this movie adaptation aren't great, but I wonder if knowing a lot of the details and backstory from the book would make the movie easier to follow. It's one of my favorite books, so I'd give the movie a shot.

10. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit
I think I might have heard of this movie before I even heard of the book, but I've still only read the book and never seen the movie. I liked the book and thought it was interesting, so I would watch the movie as well. And apparently it's going to be a musical soon? I wonder how that will be.

Which of these movie adaptations should I watch, and which should I take a pass on?

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