Top Five Tuesday - Favorite Movie Adaptations of Books

Friday, May 23, 2014

Favorite Movie Adaptations of Books

Number Five: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, based off the novel by Ann Brashres. I'll be the first to admit, this is one of the two movies on here that are ranked more on nostalgia than actual merit. My best friend and I bonded over these books in high school (and we're still best friends to this day!), so you bet we were excited when we found out this was coming to theaters. Unfortunately, the day we went to see it, there was a huge thunderstorm that knocked out the power at the theater. Haha! Nevertheless, we had a movie night when it was released on DVD. And really, though there are a lot of inaccuracies in the movie, I definitely loved the cast choices for the four friends, particularly Amber Tamblyn as Tibby and Alexis Bledel as Lena.  

Number Four: Fried Green Tomatoes, based off the novel by Fannie Flagg. This is the other movie that was ranked largely on nostalgia. While this movie is a great adaptation of the book, I think that perhaps Hunger Games (where I nearly got motion sickness) or Warm Bodies could've tied with it. Still, it gained the fourth spot based on the fact that I used to watch this movie with my mom all the time. Even when I didn't understand everything, I sat beside her and simply enjoyed being with her. As I grew older and finally read the book, I really began to appreciate how well the movie sticks true to the book. I've seen this movie countless times, and I still cry at the end! If you're looking for a funny and heartwarming movie, this one if for you.

Number Three: The Silver Linings Playbook, based on the novel by Matthew Quick. Okay, really? Who isn't in love with Jennifer Lawrence by now? And who could possibly resist those deep blue eyes of Bradley Cooper? I'll be the first to admit that that's one of the best perks to watching this movie! Haha! In addition, though, this is a great adaptation of the novel. Jennifer and Bradley bring a great amount of emotion to touchy subjects addressed in the movie and book. The only quibble I had with the movie was that Patrick's father was much more likeable, rather than aloof and judgmental in the book. Nevertheless, this movie has a permanent place on my shelf.

Number Two: The Help, based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett. This is one of the few movies that I saw before reading the book. The first time I ever heard of the book was when I saw the trailer for the movie. I went out and bought the book the night I saw the movie and dived right in. I loved both! The movie captured the southern life of 1960, doing the book justice. The characters were great as well, particularly Bryce Dallas Howard, who played Hilly - the antagonist. She completely owns the part and you can tell she's having a blast the entire movie. The entire cast brings to the screen the spirit that the book captured.

Number One: The Book Thief, based on the novel by Markus  Zusak. I completely adore this book and movie. I was a little disappointed that I was never given the chance to read it for school, as I would have loved to have an in depth discussion over it in the classroom. I just read the book last year and when I saw that it was being made into a movie, I squealed. What can I say about the movie? The setting and imagery? Magical. The acting? Phenomenal. Accuracy to the book? One of the best I've ever seen. It's the type of movie that I can watch over and over and never get tired of. Not to mention that Sophie Nelisse is absolutely adorable as Liesel, and Geoffrey Rush is superb as Hans. I feel the heart, agony and suspense every time I watch this movie. Do yourself a favor and definitely check it out!  

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