Top Ten Tuesday: Best & Worst Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is the Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations (you could pick best or worst OR split it in half).

Oh I feel like this topic might get me in trouble with some of these. But hey, I’m gonna list them anyways.

Worst Movie Adaptations

  1. The Hunger Games. I did not feel that this was a very good adaptation of the movie. Too much was changed, too much was missing, and there were a couple of scenes where I was going “Wait, wasn’t that in the second book?”. So yes, for someone who had read the book first I think this is a terrible adaptation. However if you haven’t read the book it wouldn’t seem so bad since there is nothing to compare it to.
  2. The Shining. Somehow I’m not surprised by how bad this movie adaptation. There’s very little Hollywood can do to convert an overly boring and long book into anything but an overly dull and long movie. Sorry but this was not scary. The only scary thing about it is how many hours of my life I lost between reading the book and watching the movie.
  3. The Road. Between the colorless world, which granted fit the book perfectly, and the slow pace this movie just felt far too long and boring. It’s a shame because the book was really good.
  4. Cujo. Pretty lacking in suspense and horror for the most part. Cut out a lot of what made the book what it was. But most of all I was angry that they let the boy live at the end.

Best Movie Adaptations

  1. War Horse. Now granted there are a lot of differences between the book and movie, however, I thought this adaptation was very well done. Whether you have read the book or not it’s hard not to appreciate this emotional story of a horse trying to get home and the people who touched his life along the way.
  2. Fried Green Tomatoes. Again, quite a bit different from the book but such an amazing story. I’ve watched this movie dozens of times and I never get tired of it.
  3. The Last Unicorn. Initially I didn’t like this movie, simply because of the way the unicorn had been drawn but after reading the book I realize how true to the book this movie truly was. I think this is one of the few movies that doesn’t change, remove or add content to what is found in the book, at least I can’t remember any differences between them. Truly a great adaptation.

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