Monday, June 22, 2009

Books to Movies

So, what's your opinion on movies made from books?
When I was a youngster, I wanted the movies not only to match the storyline of the books they were taken from, but I also wanted them to exactly match the images I had in my head.
Now that I'm older, I realize that some books needed to be changed in order to make for good movies, and that some books translated better into movies than others.
Some favorites of mine are:
The Jack Ryan movies from Tom Clancy's books.
The earliest John Grisham movies, A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client. His later books and the movies made from them don't do much for me.
The Lord of the Rings movies. :)
The Cadfael series from the BBC.
Lonesome Dove (and the following books/movies in the series)
Giant, by Edna Ferber
How about you? Do you have any movies from books that you love? Any that you don't love so much?


  1. Very rarely does the movie ever live up to the book for me. Usually I'm left disappointed. One instance where I actually liked the movie BETTER than the book was The Notebook. That's never happened before.

  2. Love Lonesome Dove, too. It's my very favorite.

  3. I loved Gone with the Wind and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. A movie of a book just isn't going to live up to the book. Hard to condense a book (esp. a long book) into a 2 hr. movie. Some scenes that work well in a book just won't translate well visually

  4. I'm with CJ--Gone with the Wind is amazing. I liked the movie version of Fried Green Tomatoes way more than the book, but that's the only example of THAT I can think of. Not Without My Daughter was great from book to movie. OHHHH, and I'm SO looking forward to seeing Confessions of a Shopaholic--comes out on DVD this week :)

  5. I love the movies made from Jane Austen novels. They have to change them a lot, of course, but most of the time they do a pretty good job. You still get that timeless, enduring love kind of feel :D

  6. i absolutely loved the Twilight movie. i can't tell you how many times i've watched it...b/c that would be embarrassing.

  7. Oooh, great post!
    Anne of Green Gables and Narnia are two of my favs.
    We were thrilled recently to visit a library on the Wheaton College campus in Chicago that has the wardrobe made by C.S. Lewis' grandfather, which the one in Lion, Witch and Wardrobe was based upon!!! There was a sign on it that said, "Enter at your own risk."
    Happy Day,

  8. I always love the book better, and usually when I see the movie, I go back and re-read the book to get the rounder, fuller picture.

    GWTW...I've never been able to decide how I feel about that book and movie. I found Scarlett to be difficult to root for, and all my sympathies are all with Melanie and with Rhett. :)

  9. Anne of Green Gables! I love the books, and the movies too. Even though they condense things and change the order. The characters are so perfectly cast that I don't really care that they get Anne of the Island and Anne of Windy Poplars mixed up.

    I love Clancy books, and Hunt for Red October is my favorite movie. Patriot Games is good too. Clear and Present Danger is ok, but Willem Defoe ruined it for me. He is NOT Clark!!! I'm so glad he's too old to play Clark in Without Remorse. He was terrible.

    HATE Sum of All Fears. I can't believe Tom sold out Ryan like that. I did not recognize Ryan in Ben Affleck's portrayal.

    Love The Firm. Book and movie. The Client too, and The Chamber. Haven't watched Runaway Jury, but don't like how they changed what the case was about so I probably won't watch it.