Picking the Top Ten Best and Worst Movie Adaptations sounded easy, but has become a bit of a difficult one for me. I don't think I've ever watched a movie and thought, wow, that was better than the book. Not once. If I happen to see the movie first, I often don't read the book; there are no surprises when I know what's going to happen. There have been some good adaptations though. I've split my list up, five best and five worst (or something). In no particular order (sort of):
1. The Lord of the Rings series - Deserves the number one spot.
2. The Harry Potter series - So great. I need to watch all the movies again... and again.
3. The Hunger Games - I really enjoyed the first movie and I have high hopes for the rest of the series.
4. Dracula - The movie is insanely over-sexualized, but still grabs at the essence of the characters in the book. It definitely brought darkness back to vampires after all the campy stuff that came before. Will the new Dracula demolish the teen vampires I see everywhere lately?
5. Interview with the Vampire - I still enjoy watching this movie. It was one of my first vampire movies/shows. It was bloody and interesting and I loved Claudia.
1. The Time Machine - Deserves the number one spot. Have you seen it? It was brutally awful.
2. Confessions of a Shopaholic - The movie was okay, but absolutely nothing like the book, which I love.
3. The Da Vinci Code - The book was long with lots of explanations... and they kept pretty true to that in the movie, to its snoozy benefit. Sometimes cutting stuff out is a good idea.
4. Superman III - I think it might have been the worst of all the Christopher Reeves as Superman movies. Superman has such rich source material, but they just weren't using it well. (It counts. Comicbooks.)
How do I only have 4 for this section? Basically, because if I hear that the adaptation is bad, I don't watch the movie.
1. Memoirs of a Geisha - They only really adapted the middle of the book, but I still really enjoyed it. I'm not sure if it's a best or worst though... Opinions?
2. War of the Worlds - I thought the modern interpretation was really interesting. I enjoyed Dakota Fanning in it. I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan (though this is the second movie of his I'm mentioning), but I think he did the desperate-single-dad thing well. Opinions?
1. The Hobbit series - I couldn't help but mention this one. I'm not sure how I feel about it. I enjoyed the first movie, but felt it was a bit long. I also still can't believe they are making three movies out of one book.
2. World War Z - I haven't seen it yet. I want to and I don't want to. Basically because I can tell from the trailers that it's not like the book at all. I've heard there's no Battle of Yonkers. Also, Zombies don't run!
More than 10, I know, especially if you count the series. What do you think about these adaptations?
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