Discussion: My Favorite Book-Based Movies

Posted June 30, 2017 by meezcarrie in miscellaneous / 24 Comments



I’m sure no one is surprised to learn that I don’t watch a lot of movies. Because… books. But before I started blogging (i.e. when I had free time lol) I did spend much more time in front of the big – and small – screen. While I’m drawn to book-based movies (and always have been), we all know that anytime a book is made into movie, it comes with risks. Namely related to the truth that “The book is always better”.

However, there are several book-based movies that I do love!



Can you guess which one is my very fave from those six?

Of course a huge aspect to watching movies at home is the ENVIRONMENT. The snacks. The comfy seating. The jammies. Did I mention the snacks? Pure Flix and I teamed up to create this checklist of Movie Night Essentials.

Pure Flix is currently offering a free one-month trial! Learn more by clicking here. Disclaimer: The movies I picked as my faves are not offered on Pure Flix.

What about you? What’s on your essentials list for the next movie night at your house?


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24 responses to “Discussion: My Favorite Book-Based Movies

  1. Must have something chocolate and a soft place to put up my feet (currently my exercise ball)! These are some great movie choices – I would add Persuasion, the 1995 version with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds.

  2. MH

    I don’t watch many movies either, though I have seen most on your list. Now my household is totally into any and all Marvel movies, which suits me having grown up on the comic books!

  3. Winnie Thomas

    Movie nights at our house consist of my husband watching a cowboy/western movie and me reading a book. 😀 I don’t usually snack while I read, but yes to the comfy jammies. I do love The Princess Bride and Jane Austen movies and While You Were Sleeping.

  4. Cyndi

    Please tell me Pure Flix does NOT show Harry Potter! ? I would add Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and The Hobbit to the list of good book-based movies. ?

  5. Cyndi

    No. I checked one out once but couldn’t bring myself to waste the time to read it… too many good books out there to read! ? I did read the book, Harry Potter and the Bible: The Menace Behind the Magick, by Richard Abanes, in which he gave a very clear picture of the issues with Harry Potter BEYOND the occult problems, as well as the occult ones. To compare the allegory of C.S. Lewis with J.K.Rowling’s books misses the point that she is absolutely not a Christian. Therefore, to try to put them in the same category, falls apart in my opinion.
    As I said, we can agree to disagree. ?

    • Carrie

      Ok – I do actually have one more comment & then we can go back to agreeing to disagree. 🙂 I think that any story can reflect THE Story, whether or not it is written by a Christian. Because this is the eternity that God has placed in our hearts – the story of His redemption. So to dismiss the potential of Harry Potter to be a reflection of The Story just because Rowling may or may not be a Christian is also an argument that falls apart.

  6. Megan Hamsher

    all except for Sense & Sensibility out of the original post, I have …
    well, my mom has Mary Poppins.

    I can think of a few Christian fiction books-to-movies….
    since I don’t get PureFlix, I haven’t the faintest idea, but I DO get the Hallmark Channel…..
    Love Saga by Janette Oke
    Love Finds You series by various authors (so far, there’s Sugarcreek, Charm, Valentine)
    Beverly Lewis has had some of her books turned into TV movies.
    The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
    (although I don’t think I ever did see the second part to date….)

    Tricia Goyer keeps trying to get her Big Sky book series into either a TV series or movies….hasn’t happened yet, but she keeps fiddling around and pitching the idea…

    Fireproof & Courageous were both inspired by the books.
    The War Room by Chris Fabry is another one.

    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott… now that one’s a classic!

    I have The Lion, The Witch, & Wardrobe …
    I think I might have seen the second one somewhere, but I don’t think I ever did see the last one…..
    C. S. Lewis

    Canadian West (original book series) inspired producers to come up with When Calls the Heart TV series, which Janette loved so much that she wrote Return to the Canadian West book series with her daughter!

    TV series Little House on the Prairie inspired by books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

    Left Behind series was inspired by the books.
    (I never read the books, but I did see at least one movie)

    NOT Christian fiction, but is historical fiction …
    The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara inspired movie simply called Gettysburg
    (especially as July 1-4 approaches!)
    HBO mini-series “Band of Brothers” was based on book by Stephen Ambrose
    Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
    Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

    What else can I think of here….
    Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
    Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
    Black Stallion by Walter Farley
    101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith

    BTW, I’d guess that Princess Bride would be at the top of the faves list!
    (I never read the book, but definitely watched the movie a few zillion times….)

  7. One of my favorite movie is Princess Bride. I haven’t read the book though 🙁
    I didn’t know it was an adaption until recently.

    I started out watching Outlander on Starz before I knew it was a book. I have read that now and it’s one of my favorite books.

    Dinh @Arlene’s Book Club

  8. I like the the Divergent Series movies and Disney was supposed to do a movie of the “Matched” Trilogy by Allie Condie, but it never happened:(

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