Tuesday Top 10: Favorite Movies Adapted from Books

I know this isn’t the theme this week, but I was really inspired to do this one so I’m going for it. There are a couple movies on this list that I haven’t read the book for. These are simply movies that I really love that were adapted from books. I think book-adapted movies are something special because of their complex history of being written in one form and being rewritten in another, for a completely different purpose. That being said, for those I haven’t read, I intent to.

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

This was my favorite Harry Potter movie, which is interesting because I think it’s my least favorite of the novels but something about the movie really gave me feels. Somewhere between Draco Malfoy’s angst, the flash-backs to Tom Riddle’s stories, Luna Lovegood, and the complexity that only awkward, blossoming romances can create, I found paradise.

2. Cloud Atlas

This is one of my top 10 favorite books of all time and the movie was excellent. Obviously, not quite as good as the book, but it had its merits. I laughed, I cried, I felt all the things I had gotten from the book in a faster, action-y, and visually-appealing way.

3. The Silver Linings Playbook

I watched the movie before I read the book and I love JLaw with a passion so it was really just perfect for me. And then I read the book and all the joy and happiness the movie brought me were doubled. Both are perfect, each is different and unique, and I could read and watch this story a hundred times with the same level of pleasure.

4. The Hunger Games

Slightly obligatory, also more JLaw lovin’.

5. Never Let Me Go

This is one that I haven’t read the book, but I have heard amazing things and the movie was simply amazing. I love the originality and the creepy shock of the story. I bet I could really get into this book.

6. Jurassic Park

I haven’t read any Crichton, and this is no exception, but I am a big fan of Jurassic Park and I plan on reading the novels soon!

7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Truman Capote is a genius and so is Audrey Hepburn. I love this movie and could watch it every rainy Sunday to cheer myself up. The book is very different, but both are short, sweet, and enjoyable.

8. Howl’s Moving Castle

This is nothing to say. Book and movie are both perfect. Invest time in both. I promise, it’s nothing but heart-warming adventure and fun.

9. The Whale Rider

This is really just a touching story, culturally-rich with the native New Zealand population and their beautiful lore. The book is very sad and very sweet. It’s a short read and touches the heart. The movie is equally heart-warming and the acting of the little girl is just perfect. I would love to see her in more things.

10. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Witty, sarcastic, hilarious. The novels are just feel-good reads and get increasingly terrible so if you want the best experience, read the first two and skip the rest. The movie is very skillful in condensing the story that falls apart in the novels and making it quick and exciting with rib-splitting humor.

Finally, I’d like to say there are some that this listed excludes (namely, the entire LOTR trilogy + The Hobbit, all of which I love) because I couldn’t pick just one, unlike Harry Potter. In addition, I am very excited to see what can be done with these coming movies from books I enjoyed:

  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Ender’s Game
  • Catching Fire
  • Divergent

Tuesday Top 10: Top 10 Favorite Books of ALL TIME

As I’m new to the blogging world, I thought it would be a great idea to introduce my reading preferences with a top ten list of my favorite books. Some of these are my favorites because of sentimental value, but they’re all good reads that I would recommend. I reread them often and their covers are worn but it only makes me love them more. I’m currently working on a video to expand on why I love these books.

  1. Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
  2. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
  3. Animal Farm George Orwell
  4. Rant Chuck Palahniuk
  5. The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
  6. A Storm of Swords George RR Martin
  7. Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card
  8. Howl’s Moving Castle Diana Wynne Jones
  9. Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
  10. The Charmed Sphere Catherine Asaro

Honorable Mentions: Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote, The Silver Linings Playbook Matthew Quick, The Whale Rider Witi Ihimaera, After the Snow S.D. Crockett, Catching Fire Suzanne Collins, Watership Down Richard Adams, A Gracious Plenty Sheri Reynolds

There are so many honorable mentions because it’s impossible to narrow good books down to ten. Let me know if you enjoy any of these books and if you can think of any recommendations based on them.