5 Favorite Movies Inspired by Books

So I’m a few days late with the weekly blog challenge post. Whoops.

Last week’s topic was Favorite Movies Inspired by Books. I had to think about this one for a while because the book really is usually better than the movie. But there are the rare occasions where the movie is better, or is at least good. These are five I like:

  1. The Adjustment Bureau – This is hands down one of my favorite movies of all time! I liked it so much, I wanted more, which is how I found it is loosely based on a Phillip K. Dick story called “The Adjustment Team.” If I ever did the Kindle Worlds thing were I wrote in someone else’s copyrighted world, this would be on the top of my list (the movie world, not the short story)! I loved the intersection of reality and spirituality in this movie, the tug between free will and fate/God’s plan. I’ve had plenty of experiences in life that feel like “someone” has intervened, so I can totally relate to this storyline. Plus, Emily Blunt. She’s one of my favorite actresses.
  2. Queen of the Damned – Maybe it’s because Lestat is my ideal fantasy man in this movie – a rockstar vampire – or maybe it’s because he ends up with a pretty redhead, but damn do I like the movie better than the book! The two are really so different that they may as well be unrelated stories. The heroine of the movie, Jessie, is actually only in the book for like two seconds and then she dies. So that makes the movie seem like fan fiction if you compare the storylines. But I can never see that movie enough.
  3. The Haunting (1999) – I feel like such a bad fangirl admitting I’ve never read the source material by Shirley Jackson (whose writing I love) for this movie. But I have seen the original movie, which is actually much, much better. But I have a soft spot in my heart for the overly CGI’ed 1999 version because I stayed in the castle it was filmed in (Harlaxton Manor, in Grantham, England – which is also where Alex in Been Searching for You gets his last name) about a month after they filmed. They still had set pieces and the security guard told us all about the filming. I was obsessed with Catherine Zeta Jones at the time, so I was in heaven. We even got to take home a set souvenir. I have a wardrobe tag that says “photo double – Nell” with the woman’s name (I’ve checked the credits; it’s legit) and my friend got the padlock they used to chain the gates shut, which features very prominently in a few shots of the film. I really think the movie could have been great had they not felt the need to show you the ghost at the end. Up until then, the movie scared the crap out of me. Oh – and Harlaxton really IS haunted. We didn’t know it until after we were there, but several of us had experiences. BTW – if you like The Haunting, be sure to check out Scary Movie 2, which is a spoof of it (and oddly enough, Kathleen Robertson, my ideal Mia from Been Searching for You, plays the Catherine Zeta Jones role in this movie – this is where I got the inspiration for how Mia physically looks). Another one of my favorite movies!
  4. PS I Love You – I admit, I’ve never read the book, and I’ve been told not to, since I am in love with the movie. It’s got all the essential elements of an amazing love story to me. I mean, how can you not love a guy who cared enough to help his widow grieve his own death and eventually move on with her life? Subconsciously, I think thisΒ was a bit of inspiration for Annabeth’s letters in Been Searching for You. And he’s played by Gerard Butler. Yummy!
  5. The Princess Bride – I HATED the book, but the movie is one of my favorites. I can pretty much recite it from beginning to end. What did I not like about the book? Well, without giving anything away, it’s much more gritty and realistic than the fairy tale nature of the movie. It also has a “Lady or the Tiger” type ending which leaves the Happily Ever After (HEA) open to interpretation. No, no, no, and no! Wesley and Buttercup live HEA and that is all there is to it! No ruining my childhood romantic fantasies with your intellectualism, William Goldman!

What are some of your favorite movies that are based on books? Have you seen any of the ones I listed? What do you think of them?

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5 thoughts on “5 Favorite Movies Inspired by Books

  1. Granted, I don’t see tons of movies, but I can’t remember ever seeing one that can outdo the book. So many changes have to be made to adapt for screen, and so much detail must be omitted. However, a few of the films created from books that I’ve enjoyed (as in can watch over and over again) include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone With the Wind, The Help, Father of the Bride (Spencer Tracy version), Forrest Gump, Field of Dreams, Stand By Me, Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson version), The Birds, and Jurassic Park. Not sure what that says about me. LOL

  2. Here are some of my faves πŸ˜€

    I’ve read “P.S. I Love You,” unfortunately, I preferred the book than the movie but I agree Mr. Gerard Butler was right for the role.

    I’ve read and seen “I Love Rosie” movie. I liked the movie. The adaptation remained heart-tugging yet sparing a lot of tears for me since the book made me cried buckets every other chapter. lolz

    I haven’t read “The Finest Hours” tho but have seen the movie, quite stirring tale. The book is in my growing TBR list. πŸ˜€

    Another would be, “Testament of Youth.” The film was moving and thought I liked it too. I haven’t read the book, Idk if it still available in ebook format, have read some reviews regarding how it was difficult for some readers to understand due to the kind of ‘old’ English it was written.

    “The Spook’s Apprentice” books or well, the first one adapted to film as “Seventh Son” was a mixed bag of emotions for me. *sigh*

    All of the LOTR movies & “The Hobbit” movies – I thought it was a great adaptation of Tolkien’s world of condensing it for everyone well, this is even an issue too, πŸ˜€

    Lastly, I’m looking forward to the movie adaptation of “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. I’ve read a chapter preview and can’t wait to buy the book as soon as I’m able. πŸ˜€

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