Top Ten Tuesday: Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and feature lists related to all things bookish–characters, authors, titles, and favorites. They’re an excellent way to find new interesting books on a variety of topics, and to find bloggers that love the books you do.


Today’s theme is the kind I can sink my fangs into: “Top ten book to movie adaptations.”

The English Patient, by Michael Ondatje
The book is excellent.  The movie is better–a real classic.  I never did understand the book’s sudden emphasis on Kip and the atom bomb at the end.  Well, I understood it, but it seemed tacked on and unrelated to the rest of the book.


The African Queen, by C.S. Forester
I read the book for the first time this last year, and I was disappointed.  The book has an antiwar whimper tacked on the at end; Charlie and Rosie don’t blow up the Louisa, they get taken prisoner and then handed back to the English.  The movie is a grand love story.  And (commercial coming up; sorry!) so is my upcoming science fiction adaptation, entitled Escapee.


Peter Pan, by J. M. Barrie
The book is great, but I grew up with the Disney movie in my brain and it kind of crowds out the book.


Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

I love Jane Austen, but this simply isn’t her best book. Edward, the heroine’s love match, is a cipher who isn’t even mentioned until well into the book. Both the Emma Thompson version and the more recent Andrew Davies adaptation flesh out the story much better.


In Her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner
The movie turns Maggie’s transformation into an explosion of emotion. The book takes a more measured approach that doesn’t compare.


Surfacing, by Margaret Atwood

I saw the movie years ago, before I’d ever read anything by Atwood…also before family members moved to Toronto and I got to know some of her settings during visits. I know I read the book, but I remember nothing about it.  On the other hand, I remember the movie.


Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
The movie is way better, despite the painful role given to poor Robert De Niro. In the book, the delicious villains are little more than secondary characters, and their eventual defeat zips by without any emotional punch.


Be sure to check out other bloggers’ top ten lists.



  1. curiousdaisy · · Reply

    The English Patient is such a wonderful movie 😀 You need to watch it asap. Happy reading/watching!

    1. Sounds like a good way to spend the evening–watching a good movie.

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