Armchair BEA Day#5 – Book to Movie Adaptations
This is the final day of Armchair BEA. Bummer. The days ahead will contain numerous wrap up posts and announcement of giveaway winners on the Armchair BEA Headquarters blog, as well as the participating bloggers–all who are linked to and noted per topic–so the event isn’t precisely over. But, as for new topics of book discussion, this is the finale.
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Today’s topics to choose from were “middle grade or young adult” or “topic of choice.” No brainer for me! Book to Movie Adaptations! This is a topic that could be never-ending since the number of movies brought to the silver screen is immense. This library compiled a list of over 1450 titles: Based on the Book. Far more than I ever imagined, yet probably not exhaustive.
My post is two-fold. Below is a quiz that should not be too hard if you are a cinephile, although I did throw in a couple toughies! Match the literary description with the movie version. Post answers in the comment section. Good luck!
In general I am extremely forgiving with the liberties required to transform a book into a movie. The two mediums are vastly different on a host of levels, and with time a big element in most instances (2 or 3 hours versus a thick book) compromises and sacrifices are expected. Additionally, I am hugely visual, so when a movie is well done and well casted, the benefits overrule the alterations. Usually. As long as the basics are maintained, I am okay.
I’ll note my favorites in a minute. First, the ONE book adaptation that I absolutely HATE HATE HATE: The Bourne movies. *gag, retch* Here is a quote from Tony Gilroy, who wrote the screenplays for the movie franchise, referring to The Bourne Identity: “Anything that’s from the book is in the first five minutes, in which Bourne, inexplicably, has got microfilm in his ass. Why? I don’t know! After that, when he steps off the boat, everything else is mine.”
And that is the reason I hate the movies. They are NOT Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne in any way other than the name, so what right does Gilroy or the film’s producers have to call it such? Yes, I am ranting, but it P’s me off big time because the novels by Ludlum are FANTASTIC! I have read them over and over, starting back in 1980 when The Bourne Identity was published. I love all of Ludlum’s books, but the Bourne books are in my personal Top Ten list. So, seeing the story and characters butchered is unforgivable. I have watched the first movie several times, trying desperately to enjoy it on its own merits (and I adore Matt Damon as an actor) but I cannot get past how angry it makes me! I will stick with the novels and the REAL Jason Bourne, who was a good guy and true American hero, not a paid assassin as in the movies.
Oh, and Marie? One of the BEST female characters written– smart, tough, brave, mature, loyal, heroic, and Jason’s devoted soulmate. Why cheapen their relationship and turn her into a whiny, weak loser who gets killed off? It is beyond my comprehension, and amazes me that no one, especially feminists, weren’t up in arms over it! Grrrrr……
Alright, time for me to cool down and share those adaptations I think did a fantastic job over all. Yes, the books are always better, and the adaptations inevitably have some “issues” I could quibble with, but all in all IMHO these movies hit the mark. The biggies, of course, are Lord of the Rings, the Twilight series, the Chronicles of Narnia, the Harry Potter series, and so far The Hunger Games. As for others, rather than lots of commentary, I’ll allow the pictures to speak for themselves.
*NOTE: I am not listing novels that have been adapted numerous times (such as Austen and most classics) or those made into TV serials since that is a different animal entirely.
Finally, a short list of books I loved that ended in films that were okay but missed the mark in several significant ways.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Shining by Stephen King – true of most King adaptations: good movie but messes up the novel
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel
Indeed I could go on and on with this topic, but a blog must end somewhere! Time for you to share your favorite book to movie adaptations, or those that missed the mark or you hated, or even those you felt improved on the book. And feel free to mention classics with multiple adaptations, noting the version you liked, or TV miniseries as well.
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**Winners will be announced next Tuesday, along with the quiz answers.