Saturday, July 18, 2009

Weekly Geeks at the Movies

OOOH, I just love this week's Weekly Geek topic:

With the release of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince this past week, I thought it would be good to turn once again to movie adaptations. In March, with the release of Watchmen (using that as a jumping off point for discussion), I brought up the subject of worst movie adaptations. This time, I'd like to bring up best movie adaptations (not saying if the recent Harry Potter movie is or isn't faithful to the book since I'll be honest I haven't read the book, but using the subject as a jumping off point for discussion).

So what are some of your favorite movie adaptations of books? Include trailers or scenes from Youtube if you'd like.

Also along with that question, or instead of that question, what book or series would you like to see be made into a movie or movies? Tell us why you think it or they would work as a movie. If the book already has a book trailer, include that, to help make your point.

Some of my very favorite movies were also wonderful books.

Oh Anne! How we love you. How we wanted to be you. How we wanted to marry Gilbert too. If you've never seen it, this was a CBC made for TV movie done by Sullivan Productions. This was the first that came out in 1985 (and the best). The sequel based on the next 3 Anne books, was very good too.

I know, another made for TV special, but it was done so well! I love this version of Pride and Predjudice more than any other. It was so perfect, the casting, the dialogue, the settings, the costumes...I couldn't imagine better.

Honestly, it's hard to find a better favorite movie and book when you discover Gone With the Wind by the time you are 11. I still watch this each year. Just watching the trailer made me want to dig my DVD out for yet another viewing. They just don't make movies like this anymore!

As for a book I'd love to see turned into a movie, that's easy (and I've posted about it previously) - I'd love to see the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich on film. Here's how I would cast it (everyone who loves these books has a take on this I know)
Stephanie: Brittany Murphy
Morelli: Balthazaar Getty
Ranger: Mario Lopez
Lula: Mo'nique
Connie: Marissa Tomei
Vinnie: Steve Buscemi
Grandma: Cloris Leachman
Stephanie's Mom: Rita Wilson
Valerie: Judy Greer
If its going to be done, then please let it be done well! There's nothing worse than going to a movie based on books you love and having the movie let you down (exactly why I wait for video for most of them).

Happy reading and movie viewing!


Lahni said...

How could I have missed Anne of Green Gables. I've seen the movies millions of times but I've never read all of the books. (What a terrible Canadian I am!) But they are on my TBR list!

pussreboots said...

The Anne of Green Gables series is showing on one of my local PBS stations right now. I used to watch it religiously as a teen.

Maree said...

I loved Pride and Prejudice too.
Happy Weekly Geeks :)

Rikki said...

Another BBC mini series P&P lover, it seems this is a favorite, and rightly so. Happy Sunday!

DCMetroreader said...

Hi I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award here

Have a great weekend!


CarolineR said...

Great to see so many of us have chosen Pride & Prejudice. Gone with the Wind is a favourite of mine too.

justareadingfool said...

My sister always loved Anne of Green Gables. I, for some reason, never read them, although I did read some of the Little House books and enjoyed them.

So the Stephanie Plum series: you've thought about this a lot, huh? ;)

Cam said...

Love your casting of the Stephanie Plum series! =)

Memory said...

I can't believe I forgot about Anne of Green Gables! I loved the first two movies.

Dreamybee said...

I've never read any of the Stephanie Plum books, but with a cast like that, her characters must have...well, a lot of character!