Monday, 1 August 2011

Novel Films Blogfest Part One

Today is the Novel Films Blogfest hosted by the awesome Madeleine Maddocks at Scribble and Edit.

For part one of this blogfest, Madeleine asked us to: Post a list of books we have read where we'd also seen the film.

For some reason I was expecting the list below to be longer. Perhaps I have forgotten some? One thing I do know is that I'm not a great fan of watching films, or TV adaptations, after I've read the book. So often the results are a disappointment. Having said that my list does include a few examples where the films did work, and sometimes surpassed my expectations. After watching some films, I have even gone out and bought the book.

Here is my list:

2001 & 2010 by Arthur C. Clarke
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
The Bicentennial Man by Isaac Asimov
Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dune by Frank Herbert
Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
A Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shrieve
Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Raise the Titanic by Clive Cussler
Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
The 39 Steps by John Buchan
To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
We Were Soldiers Once . . .And Young by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Yes Man by Danny Wallace

And by Stephen King:

The Green Mile
Pet Cemetery
The Running Man
Salem's Lot
Shawshank Redemption
The Shining
The Stand
By Me

How many of these films have you seen?

Call back tomorrow for parts two and three of the Novel Films Blogfest, where I'll be discussing The Good, The Bad, and The Books I'd Like To See Made Into A Movie.


  1. Ooh I didn't know The Pilot's Wife had been made into a film. I've seen Fire(?) Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe but not read the book. Did you enjoy it? There's lots in your list I've not read/seen. Thanks for a brilliant entry :O)

  2. This is a huge list Ellie. I'll look forward to finding out which you thought were well done and which were not.


  3. Blimey - that's a really long list! Not many on there that I've both read the book and seen the film. Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird,Alice in Wonderland. I think that's it! But like you if I've enjoyed a book I'm a bit reluctant to see the film in case it's a let down.

  4. Oh my stars, I think I've seen all these film but not read some of the books - Starship Troopers is a book?!!? I'm ignorant!! LOL!!! I'd love to read that now!! Yay!!!

    Take care

  5. I've seen quite a few. I thought King's The Stand was well done as a movie, and I liked Silver Bullet better than Cycle of the Werewolf.

  6. Some adaptations from page to screen become a separate entity. As if the novel is one thing, the movie the other, very different.
    Both enjoyable but not the same.
    The Twilight Saga, Time Traveler's Wife and The Hungry Bones are my examples.

  7. Never read any Tolkien or CS Lewis?
    Jurassic Park was excellent in both forms, but The Perfect Storm was a far better book.

  8. I'd really have to think about that list. That might take a whole week.

  9. How could I forget all the Stephen King stories! And I forgot about Alice in Wonderland as well! Must amend my list....

  10. That's quite a list. I realise that although I've seen some of those Stephen King movies, I haven't read any of them. Hmmm. I should fix that.

  11. Hi Ellie .. that's a list to keep many happy for a lifetime and a half .. enjoy this blogfest .. I have so much catching up to do re books and films ..

    Cheers .. Hilary

  12. Madeleine - LOL. It was supposed to read 'Fried'! Oh, dear. The book is amazing. I loved it so much I bought the accompanying cookbook.

    L'Aussie - I thought my list was quite short.

    Joanne - When I totalled up how many of the films I loved and then went on to read the book, it was quite a high percentage compared to those films I disliked after reading the book first.

    Old Kitty - Starship Troopers is superior in every way.

  13. L. Diane Wolfe - The Stand was a great mini-series, though a little long like the book!

    Huntress - I agree with you there.

    Alex J. Cavanaugh - Nope. Never read Tolkien, but I have read CS Lewis. Not seen of the fims, though.

    Shelly - Plenty more reading and viewing for you!

  14. Pk Hrezo - No Stephen King? Deep breath.

    Tony Benson - You must!

    Hilary Melton-Butcher - Imagine how many books and film adaptions are really out there? Probably a terrifyingly high number.

  15. I've seen a good bit of those but my lord is that a long list!

  16. Pride and Prejudice and Shawshank Redemption both made my list as well. Plus a whole bunch of others. Too many good books and movies to choose from !!

  17. The only book I can remember reading AFTER seeing the movie was GONE WITH THE WIND and that was because I saw the movie on TV when I was young, probably too young to read the book. :)

    I hesitate to see movies based on books I've liked/loved - it really depends on who's involved - screenwriter, director, actors, etc. Sometimes I've been pleasantly surprised and other times...ugh. Just...ugh.

  18. Great list, Ellie.

    "Starship Troopers" is one of my favorite books and my greatest film disappointment. I cringe whenever I think about it. Another disappointment was "The Shining". I hate it when I think, "Did they even read the book all the way through or did they not get it?"

    One of my favorite adaptations is A&E's "Pride and Prejudice." Colin Firth is the epitome of Mr. Darcy.

  19. I've seen but not read loads of these, and read but not seen a couple. The only one on your list that read and seen is To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.

    Here's my list...

    Dave Wrote This

  20. They made a movie of 2010? I didn't know that! I'll have to track that one down.

    I really want to see The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--I love the trilogy! (Including the sixth one Eoin Colfer wrote.)

  21. I've seen many of these. Silence of the Lambs is undoubtedly my favorite among your list.

  22. I seen a bunch. Just watched THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.

  23. I rarely watch movies from my favourite books - I'm always worried they'll mess it up!

    But I did love the LotR movies and I did read/watch a few great Stephen King ones when I was younger (and braver!) - Carrie & the Shining :)

  24. Hi,

    Ooh, long list. O.K., I'm up there with you on most with exception of Stephen King. I didn't like one of his books nor the movie and I've not read any of his books since nor watched the movies based on his books. ;)


  25. those are some great movies and books!
    i couldnt join this blogfest bcuz my books read to movies count is embarrassingly low...

  26. Saw many of these. To Kill a Mocking Bird is amazing. Forgot about Hitchhikers. Bad me.

  27. I've read a few of the books and probably saw a few more of the films, but you have a lot here that I've neither read nor seen. Be interested to see your upcoming post.

    Tossing It Out

  28. Wow, that's a lot! Don't you love Hitchhiker's Guide? I love how crazy and funky it is :)

  29. It'd be a shorter list for me to acknowledge the ones I DIDN'T see than the ones I did. And, I've read many of the books.

    Heck Elle, I kinda forgot about this blogfest, and I haven't posted yet. Can I just say "ditto Ellie" and be done with it :)


  30. Wow, I think your list is quite impressive. I can't wait to see your part two edition.

  31. Wow those are a lot of books. :-D

    I've seen about fifteen of those films or read the books, but only a few of them did I do both.


  32. I have seen very few of these films, Ellie.

    You seem to have seen lots of movies.

  33. Libby - I didn't think it was that long butI'm beginning to wonder . . .

    Madeline Mora-Summonte - Some films based on films are dreadful. One example for me is Marley and Me. Awful film!

    Donna K. Weaver - I totally agree with you on the Starship Troopers film. I hated it.

    Dave - Isn't it funny how we've all got such different lists?!

  34. The Golden Eagle - I only saw 2010 last year, and though it's not as iconic as Kubrick's 2001, it's still a good film.

    David Powers King - It was a damn good film. Have you seen Manhunter? Another stunning Lector film.

    RaShelle - Did you like it?

    Jemi Fraser - I have the same feelings!

  35. Francine Howarth - Books based on Stephen King books are pretty hit and miss!

    Tara Tyler - Thank you! Now get watching . . .

    M Pax - We think alike!

    Arlee Bird - I've just posted it now.

  36. Alexia - It was an awesome TV series.

    Donna Hole - You can!

    Lisa Potts - Thank you! I've just posted it now.

    Misha - I didn't realise just how long my list was!

    Rachna Chhabria - Before I started writing I did watch a lot of films. Now I never have the time.

  37. Wow, I don't think I could even come up with a third of the book/movie combination that you have here.

  38. There are several here where I'm thinking, "That was a movie?" or "That was first a book?" So thanks for educating me!


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