Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday 02.22.11

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's top ten is: Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations.
  1. Gone With the Wind - All-time classic. I saw the movie before I read the book, and both are equally good.
  2. Rebecca - Another classic and like the above, I saw the movie before I read the book, so I couldn't help but picture Larry Olivier as Maxim while reading. 
  3. Orlando - Some things were changed up, but the book itself seemed impossible to put into movie form, so it's all right. The film was just brilliant and beautiful in its own right. Oh, and Tilda Swinton was just perfect in the title role.
  4. Pride & Prejudice (1995 Mini Series) - Perfect Mr. Darcy? Check.
  5. The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982 TV Movie) - Just a fantastic cast. Anthony Andrews will always be my favorite Sir Percy. And the movie added some things that weren't in the book, such as sword fighting!
  6. North and South (2004 Mini Series) - I honestly didn't care for the novel, but the mini series just blew me away and remains one of my all time favorites.
  7. Wives and Daughters (1997 Mini Series) - Another Gaskell novel, but this novel I loved. The mini series was great, and seeing how the novel was incomplete, the mini series made up its own ending, which I thought was perfect.
  8. Jane Eyre (2006 Mini Series) - Some things were left out, but oh, it just does not matter! The leads were fantastic and Toby Stephens will always be my favorite Mr. Rochester!
  9. Middlemarch (1994 Mini Series) - I enjoyed it more than the novel. Plus, it's where I first noticed Rufus Sewell, so it definitely goes on the list!
  10. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - I'm choosing both the 1988 mini series and the most recent feature film, here. I grew up with the mini series and adored it, and I thought the recent adaptation was breathtaking!
Honorable Mention: The Harry Potter films. They're not perfect, but are still enjoyable. The Deathly Hallows Part 1 was the best one, yet!


Stephen said...

I daresay most people have only seen the movie of Gone with the Wind -- I read it in high school and I think it's still lurking out somewhere in my bedroom. Right monster of a book if I remember correctly..

Bibliophile said...

I enjoyed the movie version of Orlando, but never read the book. I think I'll add it to my TBR list.

Jess (Gone with the Words) said...

Gone with the Wind is one of my all time favorites!

Jess @ Gone with the Words

Anonymous said...

Lots of great books here! Many are already on my TBR list so I can't wait to read them and then watch the movie!

Sarah Joyce said...

I wanted to put a Hitchcock film on my list, but I hadn't read any of the source material outside of Dial M for Murder. Glad to see Rebecca on your list!

Peppermint Ph.D. said...

Gone with the Wind is a lifetime favorite of mine. I saw the movie several times before I actally buckled down and read te book. I love them both :)