Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I Haven't Watched

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is supposed to be book to movie adaptations that I'm looking forward to, or still need to watch, but I am extremely hesitant about adaptations and there aren't 10 that I necessarily want to watch. So I'm just listing some adaptations for books that I've read but that I haven't watched and I'm going to leave it at that. Perhaps I'll watch them someday, perhaps I won't.

1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: I saw the trailer, and that's not how the characters looked in my head. Plus, this book is too special to be sullied. (More on this later in the week.)

2. The Martian by Andy Weir: Maybe I will see it. I really loved the book, but it's not sacred or anything and the movie looks pretty good even though they changed some things.

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth: I really enjoyed this whole series, but heard from a reliable source who I trust that the movie wasn't good so I'm going to take her word for it.

4. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: The trailer looked really good, but the same source as above told me it wasn't.

5. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith: I only realized recently that there's a movie. I would probably watch it.

6. Wild by Cheryl Strayed: I do kind of want to see this, especially since Cheryl Strayed seems so pleased with it.

7. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters: I've heard the movie is funny. The book is not funny and I really love it, so I don't think I can watch the movie.

8. The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham: There's an older version with Greta Garbo, but I think I might be interested in the more recent adaptation that stars Naomi Watts and Edward Norton.

9. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn: I listened to this on audio and pictured the character as Charlize Theron. Then they made a movie version starring Charlize Theron. I haven't heard much about it, but I'm interested in seeing it. (The audio was read by Rebecca Lowman, who I always picture as a dark-haired version of Charlize Theron even though I know full well that's not what she looks like.)

10. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: This is another that I don't want to spoil by seeing it because I loved the book so much. I didn't hear much about the movie, so I'm guessing it wasn't great.

Special mention to that movie I wish I hadn't seen, The Time Traveler's Wife. Thanks for ruining a fantastic book, Hollywood. This is why I don't usually watch adaptations.

In fact, I hardly ever watch movies, and when I do I usually just watch the same ones over and over again. Pride and Prejudice, Finding Nemo, Sleepless in Seattle, In the Mood for Love...I don't need additional movies, as I can be happy just watching these ones. But recently I did see adaptations of Horns and Before I Go To Sleep, and I really liked both of them. So maybe I'll get around to watching a few of these on my list as well!

Are there adaptations that you are looking forward to? Some that you will never see?


Sarah said...

I thought they did an excellent job of The Martian, even though it's not quite the same as the book (which I LOVED) I thought it was an excellent adaptation & I enjoyed every minute of it :)

3goodrats said...

Good to know! Thanks :)