This week’s prompt is a movie freebie so I’m going to tell you about my favorite movies that have been adapted from books I have read. I always prefer the medium of books over movies, but these ones have managed to be good enough for me to care about them separately from their book. These are listed in no particular order.
- The Hunger Games (2012) and Catching Fire (2013): I didn’t care much for these books when I read them. I had a hard time with Katniss, and I’m not one for dystopia in general. However, I love how these movies show us all of the action that Katniss isn’t present for or isn’t aware of. I adore Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of the character: I related to Katniss much more. Filed Under: The Self-Aware Violence of Consumer Culture; Beard Art
- The Lord of The Rings (2001-3) trilogy: Tolkien’s books are some of my favorites of all time, and although the films are very different, I love them almost as much. They’re long and chaotic and adventurous and layered and beautiful. Filed Under: Just Put Some Runes On It
- Treasure Planet (2002): I adore this movie. I want 10 more science fiction movies like this one, animated or not. Filed Under: Captain Queens and Space Porn
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016): No offense but the PP&Z book is hack-job and an insult to literature. The movie surprised me with its ability to lovingly parody the original Pride and Prejudice while also becoming its own undead monster of fun and terror. Filed Under: Unrepentantly Fun
- Sense and Sensibility (1995): It’s a great cast and a great movie and a great adaptation of a great book. Filed Under: Perfectly Perfect in Every Way
- Naomi and Ely’s No-Kiss List (2015): This is a movie about eccentric college-age besties and their friends and boyfriends and families. It’s goofy, hilarious, and honest. Filed Under: Is Snark a Crime When It’s This Good-looking?
- Holes (2003): Juvenile delinquents at summer camp with Wild West flashbacks is probably my favorite obscure genre. Filed Under: Child Criminals; Fixable
- Much Ado About Nothing (1993): Kenneth Branagh isn’t always great but when he is, he’s really really great. This is a great adaptation of the material; Don Pedro and the gulling scenes in particular are worth the watch. Filed Under: Emma Thompson is Better Than You At Everything
- The Princess Bride (1987): The tone and humor of this movie are completely different from the book’s tone and humor, but both are equally hilarious and lovable. Filed Under: Local Fishermen Out For A Pleasure Cruise
- Little Women (1994): This movie is a really good example of how to take a giant, engaging, complex book and pull an engaging visual story out of it that will fit in a couple of hours. Filed Under: The Family Will Bust Your Kneecaps
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