10 November 2015

Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I Still Need to Watch...

It's time for *drumroll* Top Ten Tuesday! A meme created by the girls of The Broke and the Bookish.



This week's topic is book to movie adaptations. I have very conflicting feelings about movie adaptations. So many times they're done wrong, like The Shining. More often, the movie becomes a classic while the book falls into the shadows of our collective consciousness, like Nothing Lasts Forever, aka Die Hard.

Then again, there are people in the movie industry who do care about the source material and make fantastic movies, like The Martian. That gives me hope. Anyway, here's my list of ten book to movie adaptations I still need to watch.


1. Nineteen Eighty-Four,

Directed by Michael Radford, this is the second adaptation of George Orwell's classic. Richard Burton is not how I envisioned O'Brien, but overall it looks like a truthful adaptation and I really want to see it.

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2. The Diary of Anne Frank

One of the countless adaptation's of Anne Frank's diary, directed by George Stevens.

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3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

I understand why Hollywood likes splitting books in two movies, I do. In my humble opinion, Catching Fire had a lot more shit going on and it would have been far better to split that in two flicks.




4. The Year We Made Contact

Based on Arthur C. Clarke's 2010: Odyssey Two and directed by Peter Hyams. The book bored my brains out, but I want to see this film, mainly  because it features one of the most beloved comedic actors of old Soviet cinema, Saveily Kramarov. He plays a Russian scientist.





5. Moby Dick

Seriously, one of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life. Just thinking about it makes me mad. But Ray Bradbury wrote the screenplay and the legendary John Huston directed it, so there's still hope.

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6. The Time Machine

The old one, from 1960, not the 2002 monstrosity with Guy Pierce. The 1960 movie was directed by George Pal and it's considered a good adaptation of some of most influential SF books. I've seen bits and pieces of this film, but never the whole thing.



7. Dracula (the one with Bela Lugosi)

So far, Mel Brooks' Dracula: Dead and Lovin It is my favourite adaptation of Bram Stoker's book. I'm sure Tod Browning's version is even better.

"Pull the strings!"


8. Frankenstein (the one with Boris Karloff)

The classic horror film from 1931, by James Whale. Although I found Kenneth Brannagh's adaptation very truthful to the source material, I still want to see this classic piece of moviemaking.



9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

Technically, it hasn't come out yet, but if I get the time to watch Part 1, I'll go see this one too. Thanks Hollywood.



10. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The trailer for this movie actually looks promising, and I'm semi-considering spending my money on a ticket.


What movie adaptations do you still need to watch? Which ones have you seen? Do you have a favourite?  Mine is the The Martian, but I'm sure you already knew that :)



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