Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

July 9, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 12


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the awesome people at The Broke and Bookish, who love lists as much as I do!

Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations of Books

The Best

1. Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows (pts 1 & 2)

I consider the Harry Potter movies to be separate from the book because I would drive myself crazy comparing them, however these two movies did such an amazing job of capturing the last and final book.

2. Romeo and Juliet, the Leonardo DiCaprio version

Not a popular choice, but I don’t care, I love this movie. Nothing beats Leonardo DiCaprio from the 90’s.

3. Breaking Dawn (pt 2)

I felt like the end of Breaking Dawn (the book) was anti-climatic and boring. The ending of Breaking Dawn Part 2 was a million times more exciting and definitely not anti-climatic.

4. The Help

I loved The Help and I was more than a little nervous about the movie, but I had no reason to be. They made sure to include all the best parts and I felt like the cast was perfect for their parts.

5. The Hunger Games

I thought they did so amazingly wonderful with The Hunger Games that I worry that my expectations of Catching Fire might be too high. There were a few small things they left out, but that didn’t overshadow the amazingness of what they didn’t. Plus, hellooo Lenny Kravitz.

The Worst

1. Confessions of  a Shopaholic

I will NEVER get over how bad this movie was ruined. I know that there is always stuff that changes from book to movie but I will never understand why they changed Becky from British to American and why they changed Luke’s entire personality and why they felt they had to combine two books in one.

2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer

Normally when you hear that the movie was directed by the author you get excited because then it must be good right? Wrong. So much was changed, and not in a good way!

3. Twilight

Not good folks. Not good at all.

4. Congo

I have no idea what they were thinking but this was so vastly different from the book, in ways I don’t even understand. Also more funny than scary.

5. Angels and Demons

I chose not to see The DaVinci Code because it just didn’t look good, but I loved Angels and Demons a lot more than The DaVinci Code so I decided to give it a shot. I should have saved my money because it was terrible that I’ve blocked it out of my memory!

What are your best/worst movie adaptations?


12 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Best/Worst Movie Adaptations”

  1. Amy

    Yep sadly the Dan Brown books did not make good movies. I think the problem with the Twilight films was the casting – it just didn’t match how I saw the characters. As for Shopaholic, I actually enjoyed the movie, but I’ve never read the book :) It does suck when they change important things from books, especially when the book was good in the first place…why change it?

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Kate- Midnight Book Girl

    Although I prefer the Zeferelli version of Romeo and Juliet, I think a lot of people do love the Claire Danes one, if mostly because of Leonardo Di Caprio. I don’t hate it as much as I once did… but I usually just avoid it. But I don’t hold it against you that you love it. If I’d been a little younger when it came out, and I hadn’t been obsessed with the other version, I’d have probably loved it too.

    I do totally agree that Breaking Dawn Part 2 kicked hiney, where as Twilight can kiss my hiney.
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  3. Christina

    AHHHHH I must disagree with you about the Harry Potter movies. I try, try very hard to separate them from the books because it’s annoying (for me) to think of how much got changed, but I can’t do it for part II of the HP7 movie. The final battle between and Voldemore was just one big WTF for me, and that was one of my favorite parts of the entire series.

    Really? You liked the adaptation of the Hunger Games? I am almost the opposite of you in that regard. I had huge expectations going into the movie, thinking it would help me like the book more, but then I ended up getting righteous about the book while watching the movie. I wrote a critique post on it. Now my expectations for Catching Fire are much lower.

    I’ve been meaning to watch BD Part II…
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  4. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I haven’t read The Help so I couldn’t put it on my list, but I loved the movie! I thought Deathly Hallows 1 & 2 were amazing as well. Glad to know I’m not the only person who was angry at the Shopaholic movie…I had similar feelings when I saw How to Deal which combined two of Sarah Dessen’s books into one movie. GRRR!
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  5. Nina

    The Help was a movie I enjoyed a lot – all two-or-so hours of it even though I haven’t read the book but probably will sometime. As everyone here pretty much already commented – Twilight was a huge disappointment but it still got hyped up and won all these people’s choice awards and things like that even though they didn’t really deserve it. Though by the end of the movie series, they’d taken a huge step in the right direction with how the movie was made.
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  6. Courtney

    I hate hate hate Romeo and Juliet!!! I mean a part of me loves that version because Paul Rudd is so funny in it and they all look so young and cute and the soundtrack was awesome. So if there is going to be a version I’ll watch it would be that one but I hate that plot so much it kills me!!!
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