Friday, December 10

Friday Five


From Eve's Fan Garden:
Today’s Friday Five is a double header – we want to know your top 5 books made into movies that worked and your top 5 books made into movies that failed.
Successes
1. Harry Potter Series- I love these movies! LOVE them!!! The cast is stellar and the scripts stay pretty true to the books. They do have flaws but the pros far outweigh the cons.
2. Pride and Prejudice- I love the long six hour version and the two hour version. They are both so different and capture different things about the story that I love.
3. Anne of Green Gables*- I've mentioned before that I grew up reading these books and that Gilbert Blythe was my first literary love. I also love the movies. They are so well done. *Disclaimer- I love the first two Anne of Green Gables adaptions. The third one is a horrid and doesn't even exist in my world.
4. The Abyss- did you know this was based on a book? I was surprised as well. I love this movie and was thrilled to find there was a book as well. I think the fact that I read the book after I had seen the movie helped immensely because I already had the actors faces in my mind when I read it.
5. Sense and Sensibility- Emma Thompson is a genius! Her screenplay adaption of this book is brilliant. Plus the cast is absolutely perfect.

Failures
1. Twilight- what an EPIC fail. I will always love this movie because of the fun times I had surrounded it's filming and release but it's not a good movie. The subsequent movies have been better (not great, but better) but Twilight is painful to rewatch.
2. PS I Love You- I haven't actually seen this movie but just based on the trailer I can tell they ruined this beautiful book so I refuse to see it.
3. James and the Giant Peach- This is my favorite Roald Dahl book. I read it more times than I can count growing up. I was so disappointed with the movie. I was so sad because it could have been so good.
4. The DaVinci Code- I didn't hate this one but it's wasn't nearly as fabulous as it could have been.
5. I'm having a hard time thinking of another one. I'm sure it will come to me and I will come back and edit this.

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