For our Top Ten Tuesday this week I’ve decided to share my favourite book to movie/show adaptations.
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – This was adapted into an Amazon Prime series and it took a while to get into but once I did there was no going back! It became our thing, my fiance and I, to sit and watch this with our dinner in the evening. I was devastated when it finally came to its end. Such a clever story of a world where the Nazi won WWII with a brilliant Sci-Fi twist to it. It definitely lives up to the weirdness of Philip K. Dick’s work!
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I saw this one in the cinema as it was a much anticipated release for me. I had read part of the series when this movie was released and I was so excited to finally get to share this with my friends and family who were never going to read the book. I thought that it was so well executed, following the book so well and setting up for Hollow City. The ending wasn’t perfect in regards to the book but still well done. However, the second book never got taken on to be made into the next movie and the franchise ended there. My poor heart still hasn’t recovered. Still a great movie, I don’t care what anyone thinks.
- Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien – Still to this day, one of the BEST pieces of cinematography. They obviously had to miss a lot out of the books but the trilogy is like 1000 pages long and the font is tiny. It was so well done though and the soundtrack has a special place in my heart. But it has to be the extended editions or nothing. Go big or go home.
- The Fault in our Stars by John Green – I loved the book and I loved the movie. Both we beautiful and painful. I will never be ready no matter how much I prepare myself for the pain. Why did it have to be Augustus? (side note: this got a bit weird when the two actors that were cast as Augustus and Hazel Grace were then later cast as brother and sister in the Divergent series)
- Empire of the Sun J.G. Ballard – A movie I used to watch with my brother when we were just young and didn’t understand what we were watching and witnessing. Heartbreaking and breathtaking all at the same time.
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman – I took my brothers to the cinema to see this when it was first released. It’s a kids film (apparently) but it’s up there with the likes of Watership Down. I love it though. The art style of the animation is so cool and creepy and just gives the movie the seem feeling that I got when reading the book as a kid.
- Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice – This was a great book too but the movie is really one of my favourites, I’ll watch it at any opportunity I get. Not a huge fan of Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise but as hot, sexy vampires in period wear? Yes, I am most definitely a fan. Plus Antonio Banderas.
- Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyers – A feel good movie franchise for me. They are terrible, so were the book, but that just makes me love them even more. Sparkly vampires, Carlisle Cullen, the Volturi and lets not forget that Kristen Stewarts facial expressions could rival a cabbage. Love it.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – These movies gave me chills, especially the later ones. Honestly wasn’t the biggest fan of the books because Katniss as so whiny but in the movies I could handle it a lot more because it all wasn’t so Katniss orientated. These movies were so well done. And absolutely brutal. I cried. You should have cried too.
- Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – This was such an underrated movie. There were so many excellent one liners for the adults watching. Clever and hilarious.
There are some others adaptations that I enjoyed of course
Until next time.