Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Books VS. Movies

A lot of books are being optioned for movies recently. Two are books written by a couple of my friends: MATCHED by Ally Condie, and THE DARK DIVINE by Bree Despain. I am SO excited for them both! Both of them could end up as movies, or neither, or one and not the other. That's just how it goes when a book gets optioned. I could blog about what that means, but that's a post for another day. What I'm thinking about today are how amazing some movies based on books end up being, while others... not so much.

So, what are you thoughts on it? What are your favorite examples of books that have been made into movies? I'd rather we keep this positive, since we all know not every book that gets made into a movie gets done well. The ones that do though? Wow, they are awesome. LOTR was a fabulous example, IMO - especially if you watch the extended versions.

Wanna know what movie I'm dying to see? The last two Harry Potter ones. Just the previews have made me get teary-eyed. DEATHLY HALLOWS is one of my all time favorite books, and if they do it justice, it will be incredible. If they do a bad job I may just have to go all IRON MAN on their butts or something, though. Because me alone, not so scary, but me in one of those super cool suits with all the weapons and flying stuff and all that? Yeah, that would be a little bit more intimidating. And no, I'm not watching IRON MAN 2 right now... I'm blogging. And that might be on in the background. But that has no relevance to my thought process. Except that it is a good movie.

How about you? What adaptations are you looking forward to?


Carolyn V. said...

Definitely Harry Potter!

Melody said...

As you said, LOTR was a brilliant adaption.
Holes was another well-done transition from book to screen.
And...well...that's about it. :/ (I won't give you my negative list haha!)

Colene Murphy said...

From the trailers, I have faith that they didn't eff the last Harry Potters up, hope hope hope. They couldn't right? Not the last 2? Ruin the whole set? no. I don't, won't believe it.

LOTR was probably my all time fav. book to movie series though. So, I think you covered it lol

Cally Stephens-Nielson said...

I think the Hunger Games has huge movie potential.

ali cross said...

I have really enjoyed Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. LOTR was probably the most exceptional adaptation I've ever seen. I'd actually like to see a movie rendition of The Adoration of Jenna Fox. I think it could be really excellent.

DL Hammons said...

Okay, I'd pay money to watch you go all IRON MAN on the butts!!! I'm just saying.

Maegan Langer said...

Totally with you on LOTR. I couldn't make it through the first book until I'd watched the movie 3 times. And I'm also itching for Harry Potter 7, even though it makes me a little sad to see it end.
I'd have to say 'The Horse Whisperer' is my favorite movie adaption because they fixed all the problems the book had in the screenplay. Beautifully done.