Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where each week we get a new topic for a top ten list. I love when books are made into movies. I also hate it, because I get really agitated when things are different from the books. I’m the person in the movie theater yelling out “THAT WASN’T IN THE BOOK, MORON!” during every scene. Here are five movies that did justice to the book sources and five that I wish hadn’t been made.
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I’ve already written up the reasons why you should see this movie. It’s a brilliant adaptation of a heartbreaking and heartwarming novel that has changed so many people’s lives. It’s amazing and everything that a fan of the book could ever want.
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
I watched the movies before I read the books, which is the probably why I don’t mind the changes in the movies. I think the movies are great and capture the epic scope of Tolkien’s famed series perfectly. I never get tired of watching these movies. More than once, I’ve watched all three extended versions back to back in a single 13 hour sitting. That’s how intense my love is for this series.
3. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
I love this adaptation. Tilda Swinton as the White Witch is amazing. Also, Skandar Keynes plays the snottiness and vulnerability of Edmund (my favorite character) so well. The soundtrack is epic and the movie captures the right balance between magical wonder and intense action. This is exactly the Narnia movie that I wanted.
Ok, I know these movies are awful. I admit to laughing through most of them, especially during the moments you’re not supposed to be laughing. But as far as adaptations go, these are pretty spot on. I mean, the first one even uses dialogue from the novel.
5. Howl’s Moving Castle
This adaptation is wonderful in a totally different way from the others. The movie is absolutely nothing like the book, and yet it’s still just as magical. This is a case where you have to read the book and watch the movie. You can’t substitute one for the other. They’re different but equally compelling.
6. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
As long as there is breath in my body, I will bitch about how terrible this movie is. Who was the moron who read The Lightning Thief and thought, “this book doesn’t have enough action, let’s totally change the entire plot and leave out all kinds of important plot information that we’ll need later on?” I was so upset to see one of my favorite series butchered like that. The only redeeming factor is Logan Lerman, who makes a good Percy even if he is older than he’s supposed to be.
7. The Golden Compass
I actually didn’t hate this movie. I thought the actors were good, especially Nicole Kidman who I absolutely love. The problem came with the ending. The movie ends before the real ending of the book. This might not seem like a big deal, except the last scene in the book defines Lyra as a character for the rest of the series.
8. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
I already said how much I love The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I even liked Prince Caspian. Though they changed a lot from the book (I mean, come on, Peter would never get in a power struggle with Caspian), I still really enjoyed watching it. So I had high hopes for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Dear god, was I disappointed. They completely changed the plot and made it horrible.
9. Ella Enchanted
Ella Enchanted frequently makes my favorites lists here on the blog. My love for the book knows no bounds. The same can’t be said for the movie. I know Anne Hathaway gets a lot of hate, but I usually love her in movies. Too bad I couldn’t in this one because I was too busy crying about how they were butchering one of my favorite books.
10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Though the series declined in my opinion, I still enjoyed reading the books. The first movie was watchable; it wasn’t bad, and I’ll still watch it from time to time if it’s on tv. The second one was a train-wreck. They pulled elements from books 2-4, but little of the series’ magic remained. They really should’ve just stopped after the first movie.