Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Novel Films Blogfest

Madeleine from Scribble and Edit is hosting this blogfest, to name all of the works of fiction that you have seen the movie/TV show, and read the original book, play, or comic story.

I've marked the particularly great adaptations in aqua and the particularly awful adaptations in red.
  1. Pride and Prejudice (1995 version, of course. Not the 2005 joke)
  2. Sense and Sensibility
  3. Persuasion
  4. Emma
  5. Mansfield Park
  6. Romeo and Juliet
  7. Hamlet
  8. Othello
  9. The Taming of the Shrew
  10. Harry Potter series
  11. The Fellowship of the Ring
  12. Ella Enchanted
  13. Flipped
  14. Twilight Series
  15. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  16. Wuthering Heights
  17. Anne of Green Gables
  18. The Wizard of Oz
  19. Gone With the Wind
  20. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  21. Prince Caspian
  22. The Thief Lord
  23. Inkheart
  24. A Walk to Remember
  25. Great Expectations
  26. A Christmas Carol
  27. Little House on the Prairie
  28. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (one and two)
  29. The Importance of Being Earnest
  30. Lord of the Flies
  31. Little Women
  32. Charly
  33. The Polar Express
  34. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  35. Charlotte's Web
  36. That Summer/Someone Like You (combined to make How to Deal)
  37. My Sister's Keeper
  38. The Scarlett Letter
  39. To Kill a Mockingbird
  40. The Great Gatsby
  41. Alice in Wonderland
  42. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  43. The Bridge to Terebithia
  44. Animal Farm
  45. The Princess Bride
  46. Tuck Everlasting
  47. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  48. Peter Pan
There's a lot of books I'm anxiously waiting to become movies. Obviously there's The Hunger Games to look forward to that's in filming right now. And a new Romeo and Juliet is being filmed, which I dare to hope will actually capture their lust, rather than trying to convince people they were actually in love. Several books are in the pre-production stage (The Giver, Uglies, Paranormalcy, Divergent) that I'm crossing my fingers get made, and made well.


  1. That's one heck of a list! A lot I've neither seen nor read, and then others I've either only seen or read.

    I agree about the 2005 version of P&P. I was thinking that if one hadn't read the book or knew the story, that film would have been rather confusing. The 1995 version is truest to the book, but my favorite remains the 1940 version with Olivier as Mr. Darcy.

    I'm surprised that, so far as I know, a really good version of Huckleberry Finn has not yet been made.

    Good list. I'm now following your blog.

    Tossing It Out

  2. My biggest beef with 2005 is Kiera Knightly. She's far too modern for Lizzy. And it felt like it was overall too romantic for Jane Austen.
    I started watching the 1940s version but gave up around the Netherfield ball because they'd turned Lizzy into a weak damsel-in-distress type of character.

    Have you watched the Huckleberry Finn with Elijiah Wood? That's the one I saw, and I found it to be pretty true to the book.

  3. That's quite a list! I just blogged recently about novels to movies, books to films. It's a two-parter that you can read here http://bit.ly/oHXDVn and here http://bit.ly/nt1C2D
    Now that I'm following your blog, I'm gonna go check out the Scribble and Edit blogfest! Thanks for showing me the way:)

  4. Wow! What a list. You so beat me. I feel like a slacker now. LOL. I'll have to check some of those out. Thanks

  5. Yay for another Princess Bride fan! And I can't wait for the Hunger Games movies to come out. I've read the trilogy twice now and the movies can't come soon enough for me. Great list.

  6. Which Persuasion did you like? I liked the version made in 1995 or 1997.

  7. I've got rigormortis in my fingers from wishing they do Hunger Games right. Same for Paranormalcy. And Divergent? I'm reading it now, and I'm already similarly invested.

  8. I'm with you on great and awful adaptations. Princess Bride still makes me cry ... from laughing. Love that movie.

  9. I'm glad that you marked 'The Princess Bride' in blue. Thanks for sharing in the blogfest!

    If you get a chance, check out a fellow writer's zombie story and help me make him wear an embarrassing shirt next year! It's the ultimate grudge match between social media and the zombies. Details are here:

  10. @Clarissa--I like both versions of Persuasion, I think they're both true to the book.

  11. Jenna, love your comment about "actually capturing their lust" in a new film about Romeo and Juliet. In my other life, I write books for teachers about Shakespeare, and one of the big questions to pose to students is, "Was it love or lust?" I think the Zeffirelli does capture some of the latter.

    Have you read the book Mockingbird by Charles Shields about how the novel was written? There's a great chapter about making the film, how the Mrs. Dubose scene had to be cut, etc. That said, it's one of my favorite film adaptations of a novel.

    Thanks for letting us know about the blogfest.