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We’ve all heard the phrase “Never judge a book by its movie” and that is mostly true. But occasionally some book-to-movie adaptations come around that are as good as or (dare I say it) even better than the book! That’s what today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about.
Ok…actually, today’s topic is supposed to be about book-to-movie adaptations we still need to see or are looking forward to but I could only think of one for each so I switched it up a bit. You’ll get over it. 🙂
I know, I know. I mean, I collect Cinderella books and movies. I really should have seen this movie long before now. Like the day it came out, even. But alas. Don’t worry, it’s on my list!
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Three words: Can. Not. Wait. I love the cast they’ve put together for this live-action adaptation. In addition to Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans (pictured above), the rest of the actors on board include Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellan as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Seriously – can. not. wait.
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Yeah. Sorry. But I just don’t have 4 hours of my life to waste on a character I can’t stand (That would be Scarlett). Frankly, my dears, I don’t … well… you know. 😉
The following movie adaptations are just as good, if not better, than the book… or I decided to separate the two in my mind.
Let’s get the Jane Austens out of the way first, shall we?
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman made this movie for me, though Hugh Laurie had some great moments too. It’s been a long-time favorite – one I actually enjoyed more than the book (gasp! I know!).
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
I am one of the few people (mayhaps the only one?) who doesn’t care for the BBC version. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is fine but the rest of it (all umpteen hours of it) doesn’t hold my attention at all. The 2005 movie adaptation does, however. I loved just about everything in this movie – the casting, the scenery, the stay-true-to-the-book-for-the-most-part script. One of my faves!
Emma (1996) & Emma (BBC miniseries, 2009)
I loved the Gwyneth Paltrow adaptation of Emma and I really loved the BBC miniseries of the same book. Romola Garai embodied my image of Emma, and Jonny Lee Miller – well – that just goes without saying 🙂
The Secret Garden (Hallmark Hall of Fame, 1987) & The Secret Garden (1993)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my most beloved books in childhood, and I first fell in love with the Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation when I was about 10 (you math wizards out there can figure out my age from that snippet of info if you so choose lol). When the newer adaptation came out in 1993, I was hesitant but considering that the actress who played Mary could have been my doppelganger as a child, I really had to go see it. While in many ways so different from the Hallmark version, the 1993 movie was equally good in its own right.
Little Women (1994)
Although I still think Amy’s a brat & Jo should have married Laurie, that has more to do with the book than the movie adaptation. The only thing I didn’t care for in this version was Susan Sarandon as Marmie (and the name Marmie but again, that’s on the book) but I thought the rest of the casting was delightful! Also – does anyone else think that Winona Ryder and Keira Knightley look very much alike?
The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
Ok, ok. I know this movie adaptation only loosely followed the book but honestly? I thought it was much better (sorry, Dumas!) I first embraced Richard Harris in this movie, was thrilled when he was cast as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies, and felt great sadness when he passed away. He may have performed many roles in his acting career but to me he will always be “Priest” and “Dumbledore”.
I loved the movie (make that, ugly-SOBBED through the whole thing in the theater) so I got the book to read. Could. Not. Connect. This adaptation is another that I felt captured emotions and visuals better than the book described them.
Honorable mention in today’s topic goes to the Harry Potter movies – I read the first few books before I saw the first movie and I can remember thinking, YES that’s exactly how that character should look and sound. About every. single. character. They did such an amazing job of casting and creating the world of Hogwarts. It’s not often that a movie takes the scenes in my head and perfectly reproduces them on screen, but the Harry Potter team did just that! (Bonus points if you can point out all the movies on this page with Harry Potter actors in them lol)
What book-to-movie adaptations are you looking forward to? Let me know! 🙂