Tuesday 9 July 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over there at The Broke and the Bookish. I'd love to share my lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

I love this weeks top ten as there are so many great movie adaptations, as well as quite a few which definitely didn't do the book justice! I hope I'll cover a nice mixed bag here...

1. One Day, any followers of the blog will know that I am a massive One Day Fan, and indeed a David Nicolls fan! I was very very excited about the movie, no one else I knew fancied going to see it with me even though it had fabulous stars and as based in this awesome book. I was sooooooo disappointed in the movie. It completely did NOT do the book justice and in the end, I was glad that no one had come with me, they would have wasted their money! 

2. I think the adaptations of Bridget Jones were just as funny as the book. The great thing is that they can stand on their own and significantly brilliant chick flicks, and the book can remain one of my favourite books of all time. Definitely a good adaptation!

3. pride and Prejudice. Now this has two sides. I have a very well-worn copy of the TV adaptation of this fabulous novel with Colin Firth, I loved that...however, the Kiera Knightly film version released more recently I thought was terrible, this adaptation has two sides...

4. This book was originally published as 'Twenty Times a Lady' I read it and loved it, and it was only when I read the synopsis of the film, that I realised it was the same story. I loved the book. I loved the film. Great stuff! 

5. Another movie adaptation I loved! Just like Bridget Jones, this film stands of it's own as a good chick flick, Meryl Streep made a fabulous Miranda Priestly! 

6. The film adaptation of Little Women with Winowna Rider is one of my go-to comfort films that I love to watch when it sad, or I'll (despite the Beth situation) and so I think this is a fabulous adaptations! 

7. This is another one where the TV adaptation is much better than the film adaptation...The TV show is a firms favourite of mine, and one that I watch again and again, but both of the films were decidedly lacking. I would LOVE to see more of Candace Bushnells novels made into films and can't wait to see the TV version of the Carrie Diaries here in the Uk! 

8. I loved this book as my followers will know. I really liked the film starring Isla Fisher, I don't think the film did the book justice though. I think fans of the books were somewhat disappointed by this adapatation, but as a film in its own rights, it was a good, fun chick flick...

9. I thought this was a brilliant adaptation, I would go as far as to say that the movie version if In Her Shoes was even more enjoyable than the novel, for me, and that's saying a lot! 

10. finally another of my major comfort films, at Christmas, or when I'm ill, I love The Railways Children. This is another one where I think that I love the film even more than the book. The book, for a child, is just a bit wordy, a bit like Five Children and It. But the film version of the railways children opens this story up to a much wider range of viewers who will then become readers of the book when they are able to cope with this complex sentences, and wordy descriptions.

There are so many more film adaptations I could include in this list, but I must stop at 10, am hoping there will be a free week soon where I can cover further novels made into films. Leave me a link to your list, and if you've got any comments, I'd love to hear from you below!


  1. I love "Little Women" too. What a great list today and I agree--there are just too many good ones to choose from. Kelley at the road goes ever ever on

  2. Great list! Agree with In Her Shoes, Sex and the City and Prada being better than the books.

    Agree the movie of One Day just didn't work (I think it was flawed because they had to 'age' the characters - you didn't get enough sense of the passing of time).

    Certainly agree about P&P - the BBC series WINS.

  3. I don't even know many of these but I plan to read more books so I can watch more movies. I believe in read-it-first so until I read the books I cannot watch any movies. Unless I don't even know about the book.
    Nice list.

    My TTT

  4. Great list! I loved One Day the book, but I still haven't gotten around to watching the movie I do love me some Anne Hathaway though and thoroughly enjoyed her in the Devil Wears Prada so I suppose I should try to make some time.