Friday, May 27, 2011

Book Blogger Hop

Another great question!

Book Blogger Hop

This week's question is:

"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"
My answer: Off the top of my head, I have to say that Blade Runner (the director's cut) is probably my favorite book-to-movie adaptation. The movie took the basic elements of the book and made them more... well, cinematic, I guess, although I read the book so long ago I am not sure I recall it properly and now I feel like maybe I should read it again. I love the movie though, I love the way it looks and Rutger Hauer is both menacing and heartbreaking as Roy Batty. I really feel for the replicants and his character in particular.

A close runner up would be the awesome film version of Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess made in 1995. It's a beautiful film and a great story. Now I want to reread this book too!

Other good ones are the original 1970s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the book is amazing and has a much darker sense of humor, but this film version is fun - who can resist the Oompa Loompa songs?), Breakfast at Tiffany's (I know, it strays from the novella quite a bit, but it's still a classic film, and Audrey Hepburn is irresistible), The Remains of the Day, and Girl with a Pearl Earring (despite all the "significant eye looks" etc. that are a hallmark of so-called independent films).

As far as movies based on books that I have disliked, I have to say that the movie of Memoirs of a Geisha was a huge disappointment. I love the book, and I was afraid the movie couldn't live up to my feelings for the book and sadly I was right. Oh well, maybe some day someone will remake it, or better yet make a mini-series out of it. In Japanese. I can dream! :)


  1. I've only watched Bladerunner once, back when I was a young teen, and found it too long and dull. It's one of those though that will probably be more appealing to me as an adult.
    Thanks for hopping by my blog earlier.

  2. A little princess is one of my all time favourites :)

  3. Hi

    Thanks for stopping by my Book Blog Hop. I have never heard of A Little Princess, will have to buy the book and movie. I love the look of your blog and am now following it.

    My Hop

  4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was good!! I agree the movie is much more fun! But the book's pretty awesome too :)
    I liked the movie version of Memoirs of a Geisha; but I guess it was because I saw it before I read the book!!

  5. 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

  6. I also loved The Little Princess (the one with Shirley Temple).
    I agree that Harry Potter should be made into a miniseries.
    Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

  7. Stopping by from the blog hop.

    Stop by my blog if you like...I usually prefer books to the movie version.