Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by the folk of The Broke and Bookish.
I was going to do this post, and then I wasn’t because my mind went completely blank when I tried to think up some of my favourite book-to-movie adaptations. I have, though, by this time come up with a list that I love, but the former was the reason why it has been one day late in coming up!
1. Ben-Hur: It is an epic movie. The first time I watched it I was in my early teen and was absolutely awed by it. Charleton Heston and Steven Boyd were such powerful actors and movie was so full of energy, passion, despair and hope. It will always be a favourite. I’ve never read the book it’s based on, though. It is only TBR list.
2. The Robe: This story, like the previous one, is set during the time of Christ. This one is also childhood favourite of mine, and I always remember it with fondness. I’ve been looking to get ahold of it in recent years. I do remember, though, that Richard Burton is rather stony-faced in his scenes, but that has never marred my experience of this movie, and I doubt it will when I watch it again as a full-grown adult.
3. Pride and Prejudice: I’m referring to the 1940 version with Lawrence Olivier and Greer Garson. Although this adaptation rather drastically changes the role of Lady Catherine de Burgh, it is a lovely movie with some excellent acting. Alongside this, I would place the 1995 BBC TV mini-series version (with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle) as well. But, although, Matthew Macfayden is my favourite Darcy in terms of looks, the 2005 movie was a huge flop in my book.
4. Much Ado About Nothing: The 1993 version with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh. It’s a wonderful, rip-roaring adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. I can never watch it without being in splits. It’s amazing how much Shakespeare we can uderstand when we watch it being performed as it is meant to be!
5. Sense and Sensibility: Another Austen novel with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Although I have as yet to read the book (I’ve got it down in my to-read list for 2011) I enjoyed the movie, and still do whenever I get the chance to watch it. I simply love the way the two sisters are played!
6. Scaramouche: Another old-fashioned, childhood-crush movie starring Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer. (P.S. – I’m only in my late 20s, but the reason I watch so much of the old stuff is because, when I was a kid I was greatly influenced by my mom’s tastes!:D) It’s a movie set during the time of the French Revolution and is full of swash-buckling action and a story based on false identity. I still love this movie and I hope to read the book sometime this year!
7. The Age of Innocence: I watched this 1993 adaptation starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Phieffer and Winona Ryder about six years ago and loved it…which is why I bought the book for mom (who also loved the movie). Unfortunately, I couldn’t read the book past the first few pages…until now. I’ve just finished reading Wharton’s novel and I disliked it immensely because of the writing style. Hence, this is one of those few movies, for me, where the movie beats the book any day.
8. Stardust: This is another instance where I found the movie to be way better than the book. While I did find the book rather quirky and magical I thought the movie was more adventurous and full, with a better plot. (To know more about my views on this particular movie and book click here.)
9. Lord of the Rings: I loved all three movies just as much as I loved the book. Hence they all get a mention. I thought the movies captured the essence of Tolkien’s Middle-earth fantastically! I do have few issues with characterization, but they hardly matter in the bigger scheme of things.
10. Harry Potter (Movies 1, 2 and 5): The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secret, directed by Columbas were simply wonderful! I think they captured Rowlings Hogwarts and magical society the best! The Order of the Phoenix, though my least favourite of the seven books, is one of my favourite movies because of the excellent direction, characterization and especially the battles towards the end!
And that’s it for my top ten book to movie adaptations!!