Friday, May 27, 2011

Book Blogger Hop Friday: Books to Movies Good and Bad

Yay it's Friday and time for another Book Blogger Hop! Hosted by the wonderful Today's question is about book to movie adaptations.

  "What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? 

I have a few book to screen movies that I have loved. I think one of my favorites was Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. It was adapted into the film Fried Green Tomatoes starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy. 

Both book and movie will have you laughing out loud and grinning ear. Evelyn is a mild mannered house wife who visits her husbands aunt in the nursing home. Until she meets Ninny Threadgoode who begins to tell her the story of Idgie Threadgoode's life.  

Evelyn begins to grow into the woman she's always wanted to be with the mighty cry of, "Tawanda!" 

You'll laugh until your in tears with this great story of love, friendship, and being just a little different. 

 Which have you disliked?"

I must say some of the best books/ stories to film I have seen have been adaptations of Steven King's work. On the other hand some of the worst adaptations I've seen have come from there as well. Not by fault of the novel or story, but the screen writer just couldn't get the job done to bring King's vision to life. 

A few of these adaptations have even been redone such as The Shining. It was remade to follow the book more closely. Though I have to admit I do like the original film. Can't go wrong with Jack Nicholson as your leading man... even though he ended up a crazed murder.  REDRUM

My absolute least favorite early adaptation for a King novel was Salem's Lot. I felt like have the movie was missing and it didn't capture the real fear of a vampire being discovered in town. 

Misery missed the mark for me too. There were just too many small changes for me to enjoy that one.

Even if it's not always on the mark (such as Harry Potter) seeing your favorite book coming to life can be an enjoyable night at the movies. As a matter of fact I think tonight I'll pop the corn and watch a couple of my favorites. 

The Secret Window, starring Johnny Depp and adapted from a short story by Steven King , and, The Silver Brumby, starting Russell Crowe and adapted from The Sliver Brumby books written by Elyne Mitchell 



Lauren B said...

Fried Green Tomatoes is an amazing book and a wonderful film. I agree with you completely.

BookGirl said...

I haven't seen the movie you picked for favourite, but I do agree with you that some stephen king novels are made into bad movies. I'm your newest follower. Have a great weekend!

bookgirl @ my book addiction

Misha said...

I loooved the Silver Brumby when I was a little girl.

Never saw Fried Green Tomatoes, but really want to.

My favorite adaption is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, simply because it followed the story almost to the letter.


Lucy (The Secret Life of Books) said...

I love Fried Green Tomatoes!! Such an excellent movie.

Here's my answer:

Tribute Books Mama said...

I agree with Fried Green Tomatoes, happy Friday!

Howard Sherman said...

Let’s kick off Memorial Day Weekend with some scandal and controversy.

I absolutely loved every minute of the Lord of the Rings films and felt they hit the mark when they brought Tolkien’s masterpiece to the big screen.
(ducking as rotten tomatoes are thrown at me as the torches are lit and the pitchforks raised)

Wait, wait. I can explain! Hop on over to my blog and hear me out –

Howard A. Sherman, Implementor

Elizabeth said...

Haven't stopped by in a while...Ohhh...I remember Fried Green Tomatoes - that was good.

But I usually like the book much better than when it is turned into a movie. :)

Stopping by from the blog hop.


Nicki J Markus said...

New follower from the hop - thanks for visiting my blog! I don't think I've ever seen or read Fried Green Tomatoes - will have to look into it!

Jazz R.J. said...

Hello. I'm your newest follower. I haven't seen Fried Green Tomatoes or read it, but I have heard of it. Must put that on both my TBR and Netflix. I have seen some of your least favorites and I must say I totally agree. My goodness sometimes I can't believe the crimes that have been done to Stephen King's work when it is transfered to film. Perfectly good stories ruined by very silly screenwriters and directors. It seems like the adaptations usually turn out better when Stephen adapts them himself. Ha ha. Can't wait to read more from you. Keep it shiny!

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for stopping back at my blog.