Friday Favorites – 5 Fabulous Book/Film Adaptations

Happy 1st Friday of 2014. Casey here!

While I’m STILL finishing Lachlan’s Curse, I thought I’d share some of my favorite book/movie adaptations. In all cases, I’ve read the books and seen the movies. This is by no means my only favorites nor are they necessarily blockbusters (i.e. JK Rowling, Jane Austen or Tolkien).

I’ll be first in line for Dangerous Curves Ahead: The Movie!

If you’ve never read the books or seen the movies, give these a try.

1. The 13th Warrior - based on the book - Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton. Not for the faint of heart if you don’t like warrior violence but the payoff in the end is spectacular. This movie was highly rated at the time it came out and yet didn’t really spark at the box office. The director, John McTiernan has publicly stated the theatrical version was not what he wanted. I say – whatever!! It’s still a fun action flick loosely based on Crichton’s book (which is a take-off of Beowulf). The final battle sequence has the best “speech” I’ve ever seen. Obviously, I favor the movie version.

2. The Namesake - book by  Jhumpa Lahiri. Both the book and film offer an honest glimpse into family life and what it’s like to grow up in two different cultures (American vs. Indian). Don’t miss this one if you enjoy quiet stories about families and want to learn more about a different culture.

3. Stardust - book by Neil Gaiman. Set in the fantasy world, a love-struck hero embarks on a mission to locate a shooting star hoping to impress a girl. Instead, he tangles with witches, flying pirates, vengeful princes and a falling star with a mind of her own. I’d argue that the movie version is actually better than the book. The ending is a million times more logical and the cast knocks it out of the park. If you’ve read the book, then you know what I mean.

4. The Prestige - book by Christopher Priest. Wow. The movie’s story (about a grudge match between two magicians) is a head rush and really not much like the book at all. Again, another situation where I think the film ending was better (and more coherent). This is also a film where you should watch it more than once to get all the nuances. (Also starring the hunktastic Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale!).

5. Little Women (1994 version) – Okay, I know there are other theatrical versions, but this is my personal favorite. I love the cast, the setting, well, everything about this movie. While it is not an exact adaptation of the book, it still rocks the story of Jo March and her sisters (and a young, handsome Christian Bale doesn’t hurt).

So there you have it. Back to writing I go!

How about you? What are your favorite books turned into films?

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4 thoughts on “Friday Favorites – 5 Fabulous Book/Film Adaptations”

  1. Other than Little Women, i haven’t seen any of these movies or even read the books! I am so behind the times on this, Casey. Since most of my reading the past few years has been in the YA genre, I’d have to say the Twilight saga translated well to film as has the Hunger Games (the second movie was fantastic). I still want to see The Book Thief and I’m hoping it’s as good as the book…loved the book. I hate seeing a movie after a book and being disappointed in the translation.

  2. Casey, thanks for the list. Haven’t seen any you mentioned, but of course, like the rest of the world, I have seen “Gone With the Wind” at least three times. I am still plodding along with my story. I squeeze in reading in-between writing, but time, as you know, is hard to find to do it all. It is actually easier to watch a movie b/c it is so relaxing. “Downton Abbey” is coming again soon. It’s in my story genre, so I peel away speak, fashion and customs to parallel. Wishing you the best of writing and turning your writing into movies. Happy New Year!

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