#Long&ShortReviews #Wednesdaybloggingchallenge 5.22.19


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!

Television first:

Bones –

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.

The Hours.

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

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Until tomorrow ~ Peg



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16 responses to “#Long&ShortReviews #Wednesdaybloggingchallenge 5.22.19

  1. lydiaschoch

    I had no idea that The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew were ever made into a TV show. Cool.

    Gone with the Wind and The Joy Luck Club were both great.

    My post.

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  2. christine

    I LOVED The Hardy Boys. I’m with you 100%. I wanted to marry Shaun Cassidy. My sister loved Parker Stevenson. I also loved Anne of Green Gables.

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  3. I forgot all about the Hardy Boys and I used to watch that as a kid. Loved that show. Plus, Parker Stevenson was pretty easy on the eyes, despite that feathered hair. Lol!

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  4. Sandra Dailey

    Sometimes I’ll read a book…love it…then fear watching the movie. That’s the case with The Joy Luck Club. I didn’t want Hollywood to ruin my vision of the story.
    One I loved watching, but never read was Castle.

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    • Peggy Jaeger

      Sandra – the Castle books were written AFTER the TV series started as a fake tie in with the show. So in this case, the books were based on the TV character and series


  5. I have never read the BONES books…. but I absolutely loved the TV show. And how could I forget about The Thorn Birds? Great post!! Thanks for stopping by, SFAM 🙂

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  6. I absolutely watched the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys show when I was younger. And what’s not to love about Parker Stevenson? He was hawt 🙂

    I haven’t seen most of your books/movies (or read the books). I wasn’t interested in romance much when “The Thorn Birds” hit TV, though the vast majority of my friends swooned…

    I tried reading the Bones books (after I’d watched all gabillion seasons of the show) and because the TV show was so strongly in my brain, I just could NOT enjoy the books. I tried… sigh.

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    • Peggy Jaeger

      Marianne – I know. they changed the character arc so much- made Temperance the doc, but a writer and made her character kathy reichs, which is a cute idea. but the books are still goodies!


  7. I *love* the Tempe Brennan books and completely enjoyed Bones as well.

    As much as I enjoyed The Hours, I haven’t seen the movie yet. Must add that to my list I think. Poor Netflix, it’ll never forgive me. Hahaha.

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  8. Kathy

    I never think of a book becoming a movie. The two are such different entities to me AND I don’t like to watch something I already know the end to. But Peggy, these are great choices and if they are old…are you calling me old lady? lol

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  9. Michael Mock

    Huh. I had no idea Bones had started out as a series of books. Very cool. (Love the rest of your list, too!)

    My list is here: http://nagamakironin.blogspot.com/2019/05/blogging-challenge-books-into-film.html

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  10. Jennifer Zander Wilck

    Oh you have some great ones! I loved Thorn Birds and Gone with the Wind!


  11. Great list, Peggy! I totally agree with you about Parker Stevenson. I loved him, though I was a David Cassidy fan. Thanks for bringing back good memories.


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