Friday, March 30, 2012

Friday Favourites - Your Favourite Movie Adaptation?

Friday Favourites - a chance to rave about a favourite reading/book related topic each week.

Sometimes you just want a chance to rave about some favourite aspect of reading that doesn't really come up during regular blogging posts - that's what this is about. I'm willing to bet that at least some of those will come up one week or another.

This week I'm asking what your favourite movie adaptation of a book is. There's been quite a few of them in recent years: War Horse (coming out on DVD in only a few days), The Eagle, The Hunger Games (in theatres now), Tin Tin, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan and others. Some worked, others didn't, and everyone's going to have a different opinion of which ones fit which category.  Old or new, what's your favourite?

Please leave either a link to your response or your response itself in the comments.

My Answer:
You might think the obvious answer for me is the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, but actually that's actually not the case. I haven't been to see too many movies, but my favourite adaptation these days is currently the version of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, based on Lisa See's novel of the same name. Of course, that statement may well change when I get to see War Horse or The Hunger Games.

Despite the addition of the modern storyline in the movie, the feeling of the original novel and the characterizations as well as the important themes of friendship and sisterhood remained firmly a part of the movie. And the costuming was stunning to say the least. This is a movie that I've seen twice since Christmas and I know I'm going to be watching it again in the future.

What's your favourite movie adaptation of a book?


Anassa said...

I think my favourite adaptation is probably Princess Bride. And then LOTR. But LOTR is a good, inspiring adaptation with better books, whereas Princess Bride is both a good, inspiring adaptation and a perfect movie its own right—and better than the book, imo.

Elena said...

Princess Bride is a movie that I've heard a lot about but never seen. Something I should change at some point. And that raises another interesting debate: when is the movie better than the book?

Thanks for commenting, Anassa.

Natalie said...

You know, after seeing The Hunger Games last weekend, I'd probably have to say that it would be my favorite movie adaptation. I thought it was extremely well done!

Elena said...

I do want to see that movie - everyone keeps saying how well it's been done. At the moment, I'm re-reading the book.

Marg said...

Interesting choice for best adaptation. I haven't seen many good reviews of the Snow Flower adaptation and was turned off by the addition of the modern storyline when I saw the trailer.

Hunger Games is a really good adaptation of the book! The Help is another good one.

Elena said...

Marg, I've seen the Snow Flower and the Secret Fan movie twice since Christmas, and I loved it both times.

I was dubious about the modern storyline before I watched the movie, I have to admit though.

As for the Hunger Games, I really do want to see it.

Thanks for commenting.

trish said...

My favorite is The Princess Bride. In fact, I like the movie better than the book!

Hey, I'm working on a blog tour Lost in Shangri-La, which I saw you say somewhere you were interested in reading. If you'd be up for being on the blog tour, I'd really love to have you! The tour's in May; you can email me for more info. trish at symbol


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