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Kimberly’s Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations : TOP TEN TUESDAY!

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My Top 10 Book to Movie Adaptions

I love books. And I love movies.

But the best books don’t always make the best movies. And the best movies don’t always come from a great book. I like to think the books and movies on my Top 10 list below beat the odds.

1. The Godfather and The Godfather Part II : Both of these wonderful, wonderful movies come from Mario Puzo’s novel of the same title. I liked the book, but I love the movies. And I’m probably in the minority here, but I actually read the book before seeing either film.

2. The Warriors: This is the only entry on my list where I’ve cheated a bit. I’ve not yet read Sol Yurbick’s novel, but this movie kicks major ass. I count it as one of my all-time favorites. If you have not seen it, you really need to do yourself a favor and watch it. Can you dig it?

3. Jaws: The Peter Benchley novel that started it all. The book (which I enjoyed) has several notable differences from the movie. I prefer the film version. The book’s characters are a little more human, a little more flawed. But sometimes you just want your heroes to be heroes. There doesn’t always have to be quite so many shades of gray, when a little black and white will do the trick!

4. Goldfinger: Ian Fleming novels are a fun read. This one in particular is good. It’s been a while since I read it, but I don’t remember it differing too dramatically from the film version.

5. The Hunt for Red October: This film is yet another example of how Sean Connery just makes everything better. I don’t think I’m Tom Clancy’s target audience. The book is a little heavy on the tech details for my tastes, where as the movie has Sean Connery and Sam Neill as smoking hot Russians defectors. I think the winner is clear.

6. The Golden Compass: I fell in love with the look of the film and had to read the book. I was not disappointed. Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman are luminous and beautiful on film. Dakota Blue Richards, Eva Green, and Sam Elliott are all wonderful. The Golden Compass remains my favorite of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

7. Gone With the Wind: Clark Gable… could any other man have played Rhett Butler? I don’t think so. And for a Brit, Vivian Leigh plays one hell of a Southern Belle. Margaret Mitchell’s book comes to life in the most wonderful of ways.

8. To Kill a Mockingbird: I love Gregory Peck. I love Harper Lee’s novel. Nothing else needs to be said.

9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: I liked Stieg Larsson’s first entry in the Millennium trilogy. But I love the first film. The frozen landscape of Sweden – the isolation, the cold and the snow – become a character in the film in a way that’s nearly impossible to do on the page. I also love the way the director uses photographs tacked to the wall to help keep track of the meandering Vanger family tree.

10. Smilla’s Sense of Snow: t’s a strange film and it’s a strange book by Peter Høeg . You have to have a fair ability to suspend disbelief to enjoy it. But Julia Ormand and Gabriel Bryne’s relationship is just the type I like to see on film.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The English Patient
  • The Harry Potter Series
  • Casino Royale
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Carrie
  • The Pelican Brief
  • Emma
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Shining
  • Christine

I could probably go on and on and on and on… so I’ll stop!