Top Ten Tuesday: Best Page to Screen Adaptations

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Page to Screen Freebie. I had a few immediate ideas of what to do with this prompt, but I settled on the best page to screen adaptations.

The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows: I recently watched the Netflix adaption of this book and it was phenomenal. I might even prefer the movie to the book because it was so beautifully done. The cast was amazing and as far as I could remember, it follows the novel fairly well. Highly recommend.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy: I actually prefer the Netflix film to the book because all of the aspects of the book that bothered me (Bo, Wil’s cranky attitude, Ellen’s relationship) were non-existent in the film adaptation. Plus, I love how they brought her talent show act to life. It’s seriously a gorgeous and fun movie.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: This is one of the best YA book to movie adaptations. The glamour of the Capitol, the cast of characters, the terror of the arena, and more are brought to life in a way the first film doesn’t quite capture. It is phenomenal.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: I disliked the book for Ready Player One. It was boring and the writing wasn’t the greatest. But I knew it’d make a cool movie, and I think the film captured the story in a better way than the book ever could. Plus, it’s Spielberg making a film that includes a ton of Spielberg mash ups. How cool is that?

Holes by Louis Sachar: This is probably the best page to screen adaptation ever. Some of the dialogue is word-for-word from the book and the only difference between the film and the book is Stanley isn’t overweight before Camp Green Lake because it would have been asking too much for Shia LaBeouf to gain a bunch of weight and shrug it off over the tight filming schedule. The only difference.

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: I love Disney’s adaptation of the first Narnia book. It brings the wonder and magic of the books to life, and it’s still one of my favorite movies after all this time.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (Pride and Prejudice) by Jane Austen: This modern, Youtube adaptation is my favorite version of Pride and Prejudice. Not only do they adapt the entire novel, but the characters are fantastic and well cast. It’s probably not the best, but it does a great job translating the social issues of Austen’s time for a modern audience.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Of course, this list would be incomplete without Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Lord of the Rings. These movies are amazing and way ahead of their time. While it’s not a perfect adaption, it brings the story to life in an incredible way that captures the heart of the books.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: If you haven’t read this book, you should. Not only is the story compelling, but the artwork that helps tell the story is incredible. I love how they adapted the book into film, Hugo, and while they added aspects for drama and comedy, it sticks pretty closely to the book and watching it is just magic.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: The 1985 miniseries will always be my favorite adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. Megan Follows nails it as Anne Shirley and Jonathan Crombie will always be my Gilbert Blythe. These movies made me fall in love with the books, so I will always love them.

What are your favorite page-to-screen adaptations? Don’t forget to join the link-up!

 

18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Page to Screen Adaptations

  1. I actually haven’t read Ready Player One yet, but I did really like the movie. It seemed like a book that would just look better on the big screen than it possibly could in my head. Glad to hear it lived up to that for you. 🙂

    Oh man, I forgot about Holes! I need to watch that again. I LOVED the book, and I actually ended up loving the movie just as much, which almost never happens, right?!

    I definitely agree with Lord of the Rings, too. While they’re obviously not identical to the books (I’m pretty sure it’d be almost impossible), the LotR movies are an experience unto themselves, just like the books. I’m actually planning on rewatching them again soon.

    Here’s my TTT post.

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    • Ready Player One is definitely better as a movie!I love Holes too. The book and the movie were childhood favorites for sure. I agree about Lord of the Rings. It’s definitely is own experience, which is amazing. 🙂

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    • I wasn’t a fan of the first Hunger Games film, though I realize it was a different director than the other films and he was very particular about stuff. It wasn’t what I expected/pictured but I think by the time Catching Fire came out, I was over that and just enjoyed the films. Or maybe they just made it look better than before?

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      • I think for me it just really shows that Suzanne Collins had a hand in writing the screenplay. It kept true to the story, even if the visuals weren’t quite what I wanted in the first movie.

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      • This is true. They did a good job adaptating the story. Whatever changes were made did make sense for a movie version. I think the actors (other than Jennifer Lawrence, who I think did great) were off-putting when first announced. XD

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      • Oh – one of my favorite things about the Hunger Games movies was that they didn’t just stick inside Katniss’ head the way the books do. I loved seeing little bits of “behind the scenes” action, or the thing with the game master and the berries at the end. That worked well for me.

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    • Yes!!! I always want to rewatch it along with the sister show Emma Approved. I think it’s been like a year or more since I did, so maybe I need to rewatch it… XD

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    • Yes! If you enjoy Pride and Prejudice at all, it’s definitely worth the watch. Make sure to watch the complete playlist, which will include videos from other channels (Pemberly Digital, Lydia Bennet, etc.) because those are just as important in telling the story!

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  2. I have been seeing the Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society floating around at work. Good to see that the adaptation is also a hit. And I absolutely agree with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and LOTR as being a great adaptations.

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    • It’s so good! I think I might like it better than the book just because it’s so pretty and it’s one of those stories that is so powerful to watch.

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