In parts two and three of the Novel Films Blogfest Madeleine Maddocks has asked us to review the book and film pairings we listed yesterday, and list which books we've read that we want to see made into films.
I've decided to break this down into The Good, The Bad, and The Books I'd Like To See Made Into A Movie. In the interests of brevity, I will only review my top three good and bad films. Afterwards, I'll list which books I'm desperate to see made into films.
Please note for a film to have made it into my good list it did not have to be a faithful line by line re-telling of the book. I've also given the date of the film or television series where I know there has been more than one made, but I may have missed one or two.
2001 & 2010
The Andromeda Strain (1971 version)
Bladerunner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981 television series)
Little Women (all three versions - 1933, 1949, 1994)
Postcards from the Edge
Pride and Prejudice
Raise the Titanic
Silence of the Lambs
The 39 Steps (1935)
To Kill A Mockingbird
We Were Soldiers (We Were Soldiers Once . . .And Young)
The World According to Garp
The Green Mile
The Running Man
Stand By Me
Eleven of the 27 books were read before seeing the film, so, perhaps not unsurprisingly, I went on to read 16 of the books the films I liked were based on.
My top three are:
(narrowly missing out were The Shining and Silence of the Lambs)
Alice in Wonderland (any version) (sorry, I hate these types of films)
Animal Farm (any version)
A Perfect Storm
The Bicentennial Man
Bridges of Madison County
The Hotel New Hampshire
The Lovely Bones
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
The Perfect Storm
The Pilot's Wife
My Sister’s Keeper
Only five of the seventeen films were seen after reading the book, because generally I don't like watching movies based on books.
My worst three are:
I think maybe it's just me but I did not like this film, especially after reading the book by Issac Asimov. I found it long, mawkish, and too sentimental.
I have to be honest here - I only watched the film out of a kind of morbid fascination after reading the book. I really dislike Eastwood in these kinds of roles. I also only read the book because in On Writing Stephen King cites it has an example of bad writing. I think no one told the author Robert James Waller about show not tell. Anyway, I'd better stop there before I offend anyone. But if you see a copy read through the first few pages and let me know what you think.
I love Piccoult novels. The effortless way she handles several viewpoint characters and tackles issues many other writers would avoid has always impressed me. Having said that, I don't think her books translate well into films. The multiple viewpoints get lost in the process some how. My Sister's Keeper was no exception, and what irritated me more than anything was that I saw it before reading the book, and overheard the person behind me in the cinema telling her friend it had a different ending. Thankfully, I was able to escape before I heard the rest.
(narrowly missing out were all the other Stephen King films and The Hotel New Hampshire)
Marley and Me
The Books I'd Like To See Made Into A Movie
I think it is safe to say this list could go on forever, so I'm going to list my top ten favourite novels, novellas, and short stories I want to see made into movies. In no particular order they are:
The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Under the Dome by Stephen King
All the Thursday Next books by Jasper Fforde
Marley and Me by John Grogan (this would be a remake; the first film is awful)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
And just to be really cheeky:
Why Do Aliens Love Iowa? by Ellie Garratt (starring William Shatner)
Night of the Therapist by Ellie Garratt (starring Ben Stiller)
So, do you agree or disagree with any of my choices?