The Oscars are on Sunday! People were worried that movies would kill books, but books make some of the best source material. We have a bunch of Oscar posts this week, we're starting with the best/my favorite adaptations.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling. So, I wasn't as huge a fan of the first two Potter movies, as they stayed too close to the source material and didn't add anything to the story. The third movie is where I really started liking them. They couldn't put everything in (true) BUT, this is when the movies really started getting good.
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I like all these movies better than the books. They're more tightly edited and Pattison deadpans Edward's cheesier lines. I never understood Edward's appeal until I saw it on film.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The movie made me notice moments I didn't notice in the book. I think it did a wonderful job of showing a story that readers mostly saw from Katniss's mind. I loved the added in scenes showing the gamemakers during the games. I'm so excited to see the rest of the franchise.
The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War by Michael Shaara. Ok, an adult book. I was assigned to read it junior year of high school. I was only supposed to read the first few chapters over Winter Break. I read the entire thing in a day. When I saw the film (titled Gettysburg) I easily recognized characters during the opening credits--not an easy feat when everyone has similar hair and there are only 2 colors of outfits. But that's how good Shaara described his characters, and that's how accurately they were portrayed in film.
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldburg. The book doesn't have Fred Savage, but it does have Goldburg's interjections and "editing" of the "original" tale. (How heartbroken were we to discover that S. Morgenstern wasn't real?) The book has a slightly better ending but the movie is still a classic for a good reason.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman. The story was done very well, and the animation was the right level of excellently creepy. It was also the first movie I ever saw in 3D. I'm not sure it had to be in 3D, but it was still awesome.
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Sweeping and epic battles and amazing vista views. These movies are why we have giant screens in theaters.
Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. Loved this book in high school. The movie blew my mind. It takes a hard book accessible, and in general is just awesome. Both the book and movie are for adults. Very mature, but high teen appeal.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. It's huge and pretty, but I love the Baz Lurhmann version, and not just for the choir singing "When Doves Cry." I saw this in high school. It's an unconventional staging, but it's true to text and easy for teens who don't get Shakespeare to only understand, but to also enjoy.
What are your favorite book to movie adaptations?
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