Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Random Thursday: Top 3 Books Turned Movies...




 

Time for another awesome random thursday topic with Lin, Meg and myself! Even better since here in Canada it's an extra-long, four-day weekend, so Thursday is basically Friday.  I'm pretty stoked about that. Anyway, let's get on with it, shall we?


I love to read. I also love movies. So this is a pretty great topic, and it's going to be hard to pick three! I sense a bonus answer.... or ten.....

1. The Hobbit

This one surprises me. And I know I've only seen one so far. But I really enjoyed it, and I can't wait for the next one. I love LOTR, and I thought the movies were excellent, but I find the books and movies exhausting. They're just so serious. I like that The Hobbit still has danger, adventure, evil, triumph... but not on quite such a huge scale. I know everyone was dumping on the first Hobbit movie, but I gotta say - I loved it.

2. Bridget Jones (the first one)
I've always had a soft spot for Bridget. I first read the book way back before anyone had heard of it. I'm quite voyeuristic and have a fascination with diaries and journals which started when I read Anne Frank's Diary. I kept journals from the time I was about 11 and this fascination is probably largely responsible for me taking up blogging. Anyway, I used to read any journal or diary based book I could get my hands on. I picked up Bridget in Heathrow airport on the way back home from a trip to the UK and devoured the entire thing during the flight. So not only is the book one of my favourites, but has so much nostalgia for me. Years later when I heard they were making it into a movie I was quite apprehensive, worrying that they'd ruin it. But they didn't, and it has since become one of my favourites.  I'm not such a big fan of the second one. I hear they might be making a third, though, so hopefully that one will be better!


3. The Hunger Games

I enjoy the story of these books, but the books themselves.... okay, so spoiler alert before this next bit. The books weren't quite up to par for me. They started off well, the story had so much promise, but by the end of the book I felt like she ran out of words in a set word count and instead of going back and shortening the meandering early chapters, she just had Katniss take a nap for the most important bit of the story. Three. Times. In. A. Row. You cannot imagine my annoyance. So, I liked the movie better.

Here's the bonus: Fight Club.

I've honestly never been able to make it through the book, so I honestly can't compare. But I LOVE the movie; it's one of my faves.

So there you have it! Now it's your turn. Which movies didn't let down your favourite books? Share, share, share!

6 comments:

  1. Oh, I need to watch Bridget Jones again! I haven't watched it in years! I also read the book first. I found it in my mom's bookshelf and I loved it.

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    1. I think I know every word by heart. That book was just so... British! Makes me homesick for England every time I watch it or read it. I have watched the movie tons, but maybe I should re-read it - considering there's a third book coming out in the fall!

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  2. Can you believe I've never seen the Bridget Jones flicks (nor read the books)? I might have to pick them up.

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    1. You'd make quick work of the, speed-reader! ;) I think I love the book more for nostalgia than content. I haven't re-read as an adult and I don't know if they'd have the same appeal. The movie is great, though, if you like Renee and/or romcoms. She's a very relatable character and if you are an anglophile (like me) it's oh so British. Both the second book and second movie were a bit 'meh' for me, but if you really like the first, worth checking out. It's great for a rainy day with a cup of hot chocolate or glass of wine!

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  3. As you know, I havent read The Hobbit yet but the hubs loves that damn book; read the damn thing about a thousand times. The movie was good though, not as boring as The Lord of the Rings. Talk about a snore-fest.

    Bridget Jones movie was pretty good. I think. Not really sure since it's been years since I've seen it and I'm not going to lie, I havent read the book. When it comes to The Hunger Games the first book was SO damn good, unfortunately it went down hill from there until the last few pages of book 3. So yeah, I'm definitely with you on liking the movie more.

    Fight Club. Fuck. Yes. One of the best movies evah!

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