Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations (16)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This Week's Theme:
Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

The Good:
Harry Potter Saga (minus Half-Blood Prince)
Books by: J.K. Rowling
Directed by: Chris Columbus (1, 2), Alfonso Cuaron (3), Mike Newell (4), David Yates (5, 7p1, 7p2)
Starring:  Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

Obviously when you're talking best movie adaptations, Harry Potter is going to come up. It's a much love franchised that spanned ten years. I adore the world of Harry Potter and couldn't be any happier with these movies!
Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit
Books by: J.R.R. Tolkein
Directed by:   Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian McClellan, Viggo Mortensen, Martin Freeman

These books are wonderful. But the movies are absolute masterpieces. They are so beautiful and captivating. I'm excited to see the rest of the Hobbit trilogy.
Book by: Suzanne Collins
Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth

 Jennifer Lawrence captures Katniss beautifully. Plus off-screen she's one of my favorite people ever. In her interviews, she's so down-to-earth and funny, unlike a lot of Hollywood actresses. And Catching Fire is looking to be just as good!

The Bad (Or those in the middle):
Books by: Stephanie Meyer
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson

 The reason I place this in the middle section is because the book was horrible to begin with. Kristen's Stewart's acting is awful. The script is vomit worthy, but what can you do when you had a sucky book to begin with? On second thought, maybe I should have put this in the last category.........
Book by: E.D. Baker
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The movie is a wonderful movie. And the book is equally fun and exciting. But when you compare the two, The Princess and the Frog is only loosely based on E.D. Baker's The Frog Princess and that disappointed me.

The Ugly:
 A Wrinkle in Time
Book by: Madeleine L'Engle
Directed by: John Kent Harrison
Starring: Katie Stewart, Gregory Smith, David Dorfman

The took a much beloved children's book and made it a laughing stock. It was awful.
Book by: Christopher Paolini
Directed by: Stefan Fangmeier
Starring:  Ed Speleers, Jeremy Irons, Selena Guillory

These books were difficult to get through, but (most of the time) it was worth it. This movie, like A Wrinkle in Time, is laughable. The ending was also set up for a sequel to be made, but not unfortunately, Eragon did not make enough money in theaters f or that to happen. My biggest problem with the film is that they took Arya, a strong, tough, hardened, extremely independent elf, and turned her into a simpering happy elf. Arya is not a happy person. In fact, more often than not, she's angry.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Book by: J.K. Rowling
Directed by: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

I felt this movie was more about romance and love triangles rather than plot lines and horcruxes. Ex: Harry likes Ginny, but Ginny is dating Dean. The books have these things more as a background than as a main plot.
Books by: Cornelia Funke
Directed by: Iain Softley
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany

I don't know how to explain this. The movie just wasn't nearly as captivating as the book.
Book by: Rick Riordan
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Starring: Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, Brandon T. Jackson

I'm sure I don't have to explain this one to all of those who love the series. They took our much beloved book and changed, not small things, but everything. They aged-up the characters, they changed the villian, they changed locations, they even changed plot lines. We can only hope that Sea of Monsters is better, but don't get your hopes up.

Honorable Mentions (In other words, those I've seen the movie and loved it but haven't read the book):


  1. I really must check out some of these movies, I cannot believe how many movie adaptations there have been or upcoming! It's fantastic for us readers :D

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  2. Good list, I love Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Perks of Being a Wallflower and Princess Bride as well.

  3. I absolutely adore the Princess Bride, but haven't read the book either. I agree on the LotR series. Those movies were so great and made my list, too. I love the book A Wrinkle in Time, but have never seen the movie. I've heard it's horrible. Great list!
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