Thursday 13: Books where the movie adaptation worked for me


In spite of my dislike of movie adaptations of books in general there are some that worked for me. Here is a selection (the links go to Youtube):

  1. Misery
    Most Stephen King adaptations are pretty bad, but this was was brilliant. Kathy Bates WAS Annie Wilkes.
  2. I, Claudius
    A British TV series adapting Robert von Ranke Graves’ books about Claudius. Unforgettable: John Hurt’s dance
  3. Girl with a pearl earring. You just have to like everything with Colin Firth.
  4. The Princess Bride
    My last re-read of the book was disappointing, but the movie is fabulous. My favourite character: Vizzini
  5. The Enchanted April
    A great book that we read around the world. The movie is just like it.
  6. The Lord Peter Wimsey series with Ian Carmichael.
    He owns that role.
  7. The P&P BBC mini series
    With Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle. Need I say more?
  8. Rebecca.
    Isn’t Laurence Olivier great as Maxim de Winter?
  9. Why didn’t they ask Evans?
    Not the one with Miss Marple! No idea why they always put sleuths into the story where they don’t belong. This is a stand alone. The movie with Sir John Gielgud, Francesca Annis and James Warwick is it!
  10. Bridget Jones’ Diary.
    And yet again Colin Firth. Not saying this is the best film ever, but it worked. I like Renée Zellweger as Bridget.
  11. Psycho
    Alfred Hitchcock never fails to deliver. The film was better than the book.
  12. Rosemary’s Baby
    Not sure whether I didn’t like the Bramford best.
  13. The Lord of the Rings
    Much better than the books (sorry, all Tolkien purists). I don’t know how often I watched those movies with every possible commentary and without. This is one of my many favourite scenes. Can’t wait for The Hobbit.

What movie adaptations of books worked for you?

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    • I haven’t read or watched either one of those two, but I have heard a lot of good things about the books and the movies.


  1. Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth was great, and I also love the Lord of the Rings trilogy – although I wouldn’t say they are better than the book, but a good adaptation as in using the art of another medium in the right way.
    Larissa’s last post ..Mini-reviews


    • OK, let me rephrase that, :). I enjoyed watching the films much more than reading the books. At times I found them boring and lenghty and Peter Jackson made just the right changes to make the experience better (at least for me).


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