So todays’ L&SR Blog challenge topic is : Books I love that became film or tv shows.
When I started thinking about the movies and TV shows I’ve loved that were adapted from books I realized, in many cases, I’d never read the books they were adapted from. Since time is very precious to me right now, I’m not going to go back and read them, so when all is said and done, these are the shows/movies I’ve adored from book to screen. It’s a little pathetic how old this list truly is!
the tv show starting Emily Deschenel as the fictional Temperance Brennan from the Kathy Reichs’ books is a goodie. While the show changed the central character a bit, it stayed true to the core of the Reich books.
Anne of Green Gables – the older version starring Megan Fellows is simply perfection. She embodied Anne Shirley.
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries.
okay I’m gonna admit this and not even care if people laugh at me. I was a HUGE Parker Stevenson fan when I was a kid. The fact he was partnered with my favorite Cassidy boy ( Sorry, David!), Shaun, made life even sweeter on Sunday nights when The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries came on. Pamela Sue Martin did a fairly good interpretation of ND, but once she made a soft corn porn movie I could never see her as the virginal sleuth again!
The Thorn Birds.
Richard Chamberlain brought Ralph de Bricassart to full fledged light. The TV adaption was a long one, spanning weeks and weeks, but it was so worth the watch.
Gone with the Wind.
I don’t really need to say anything about this one. History has spoken about how beloved the movie and book are and how true to the book the movie stayed.
And Then There Were None.
So many versions of this classic Agatha Christie have been made, but I love the original 1945 adaption. For atmosphere and character development, this version stayed the truest to the book.
Nicole Kidman’s prosthetic proboscis aside, the movie adaptation had the same haunting reveal of the story and the connection of the three women as in the book, and stayed true without making the drama any less rampant.
The Joy Luck Club.
Again, an older book and movie, but the characters in the movie were perfect representations of the lyrical, haunting ones in the book.
So, those are my favorite books to screen adaptation. They are a bit dated, to be sure. Let’s see if any of the other writers in this challenge have a more up-to-date list. L&SR
Next week’s topic is: Lessons I learned from a book character. Oiy!!
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Until tomorrow ~ Peg