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Monday, July 14, 2014

TTT: Favorite movies made from books

Broke and Bookish
I am not much of a movie-goer so my list may not seem very current. But here are few movies that I enjoyed. All of them were books first and I've read the books. (List is in random order, but as they came to my mind.)

1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell---by today's standards this movie is long but both it and the book are so, so good. Rent it and watch it at home some winter evening. Give yourself plenty of time.

2. Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King---The novella is actually called "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and it is published in the book Different Seasons.

3. Schindler's List by Tom Kenneally---Spielberg did a masterful job with this movie and the book is a must-read.

4. The Life of Pi by Yann Martel---the book is so strange and wonderful I didn't think it was possible to make a movie to even half way math up to it, but it was very, very good...quite magical.

5. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling---we just finished the Harry Potter marathon at our house this weekend. All the movies are good. Of course, they leave out some of the good stuff but nonetheless, they are excellent.

6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen---I like the Keira Knightley version of the movie but the BBC series with Colin Firth is better. I actually should place all movies made from Austen's book here. I love them all.

7. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien---both of the recent movies, The Unexpected Journey and the Desolation of Smaug were very good.

8. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis (also Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)--- this is a pet peeve of mine:  The books are meant to be read in the order they were published. Read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe first and The Magician's Nephew sixth! Fortunately the movie producers got them in the right order.

9. One Day by David Nicholls---OK, probably not a favorite favorite but I just watched the movie yesterday after finishing the book earlier in the day.

10. Hunger Games/Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins---I actually quite like the movies made from these awesome books. Well done.

OK, this list wasn't as hard to make as I thought and I am sure that I am leaving off some real favorites but these ten are the first ones I thought of. I hope to see the Fault in Our Stars with my daughters today so maybe I will come back and amend my list afterwards.

11.  Just back from The Fault in Our Stars movie with my daughters. It was very true to the book. The three of us wept our way through it. What would I do if I had sons instead of daughters who will go to such movies with me?

What about you? What are your favorite movies made from books/ short stories?


  1. I did the same thing for my list. And I've also got Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, and TFiOS on my list as well! And I also loved One Day.

  2. I enjoyed One Day. I thought it was a good adaptation. I loved the Harry Potter adaptations too.

  3. Great choices! Off the top of my head, I'd also include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Shining, and The Wizard of Oz.

    1. I haven't read The Shining or Wizard of Oz and I haven't seen TKAM, though I love the book.

  4. I loved the adaptation of Hunger Games. I don't think I could make a whole list though, I usually can't stand the movie version.

  5. Life of Pi and Fault were such surprises; both were made very well. Thanks for sharing all these great titles. I am adding lots to my queue today. I don't know much about tv or movies so I settled for making a list of mood-boosting books: Be-Happy Books.

  6. I really loved the movie version of The Book Thief. I saw it twice. I also liked theThe Help. I'll have to think of sme others....

    1. The Help-excellent selection. I loved the book The Book Thief but haven't seen the movie.

  7. Great list idea! I've seen (and loved!) The Hunger Games and TFIOS. I also saw Schindler's List and Shawshank Redemption (though I am completely embarrassed to admit I did not know they were books first. Ugh, I fail!).

    -Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight


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