Friday, September 9, 2011

Movie Adaptations of Our Favorite Books

I was thinking how pretty much everyone I have ever encountered agrees that the movie version of a book never lives up to the book.  And I agree. I love movies, but if the movie is based on a book I  have read, I go into knowing that it will disappoint me in some way. However, there are some exceptions. Here are just a few movies that come immediately to mind.

 Pride and Prejudice-The BBC version with Colin Firth.  Also, the recent film version with Keira Knightley.  While definitely not perfect, I think it was wonderful.

Jane Eyre-the version which was relesed this year. I loved it!

Little Women with Winona Ryder.

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Harry Potter films

These are movies that I liked better than the books:

The Notebook

In Her Shoes

Under the Tuscan Sun

Bridget Jones Diary

I would love to hear what films based on books you have enjoyed, and which films you liked more than the books.

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  1. Yes, definitely the BBC P&P mini series. Then I thought Misery based on Stephen King was very good (as opposed to all other King movies.
    Lord of the Rings was much better as films than as books for me.
    The Princess Bride. I only recently re-read it again and decided the film was much much better.

  2. Yes! I meant to include The Princess Bride. I made a whole list that I then misplaced. I never read The Lord of the Rings but I'm sure I would have loved it.
    Nor did I ever read anything by Stephen King but the movie, Dolores Claiborne, based on a Stephen King novel was a great film ( also with Kathy Bates.)
    I should add Like Water for Chocolate to the good movie adaptation list.