Monday, August 1, 2011

Scribble and/or Edit


Okay party people, being a combination movie and book nerd (Are you reading this, Olivia!?), I have decided to jump on Scribble & Edit's Novel Films blogfest. The festival asks participants to list all of the books/plays/comics that they have read that have also been turned into movies that they have seen. So, here goes mine...

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • The Harry Potter series
  • Dune - The TOOTH!
  • Tarzan - These books were my first foray into fantasy novels
  • The Three Musketeers - The Disney movie is entirely different from the book, but enjoyable, nonetheless.
  • Pride and Prejudice - I am confident in my masculinity!
  • X-Men - Comics are tough to judge, because the movies typically span and warp several storylines
  • The Watchmen
  • Lone Ranger and Tonto, Fistfight in Heaven - Smoke Signals
  • Animal Farm
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Secret of NIMH
  • Watership Down
  • Don Juan - Don Juan de Marco (It's a stretch, I know!)
  • Angela's Ashes
  • Heart of Darkness - Apocalypse Now
  • The Time Machine
  • The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Golden Compass - Despite everyone's legitimate issues, I enjoyed the movie!
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper is an intolerable author, but the movie was entertaining
  • Of Mice and Men - Both the Malkovich/Senise version and the multitude of Looney Toons references. "I shall mash him and pet him and name him George!"
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Edit 1
  • The Neverending Story - I can't believe I forgot this on the initial list!
  • Like Water for Chocolate - Read it over Thanksgiving, DELICIOUS!
  • The English Patient - The book was far better than the movie
Edit 2
  • Little Shop of Horrors - Now here's an interesting case of a movie turned into a play, turned back into a movie.
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard as portrayed by Tim Roth and Gary Oldman? Awesome!
  • Death of a Salesman - Though I'm honestly not a huge fan of the material, I do often find myself worrying about turning into Willy Loman.

Shakespearean plays deserve their own subsection!

  • Romeo & Juliet - both Franco Zeffirelli's and Baz Luhrmann's versions
  • Hamlet - Both the Kenneth Branagh version and Strange Brew!
  • Henry V
  • Richard III
  • Twelfth Night
  • Macbeth - Scotland P.A. is my favorite movie reimagining of Shakespeare's work, EVER!
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Taming of the Shrew - Both the Liz Taylor version and 10 Things I Hate About You
Okay, that is the list I can come up with off the top of my head. I'm sure there are some missing, so I may make some supplemental posts later.

I will close with the inclusion of the trailer for the soon-to-be-released The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scientists. If you haven't read the book yet, go read it now! I have to admit the movie trailer makes me a bit nervous. I am encouraged by the fact that Gideon Defoe worked directly on the film and I like Aardman's other stuff... but still.


9 comments:

  1. Wow, you're the only other person to put Smoke Signals on their list. I love that movie and the short stories. And good for you being man enough to admit you like Pride and Prejudice. Both great.

    I didn't do any Shakespeare this time. I was going to includ The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino playing Shylock, but I figured most people hadn't seen it.

    Love your list. Good picks.

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  2. Nice list!

    Am I the only one who hasn't read and seen Pride and Prejudice? :P I didn't really like the book, hence I never watched it.

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  3. ^^^ I haven't seen Pride and Prejudice, either. :)

    I love 10 Things I Hate About You, and all the Shakespeare references you can find once you realize what it is.

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  4. To be honest, I think Pride and Prejudice was a high school English class requirement for both the movie and the book.

    L.G. I loved the Loan Ranger and Tonto book, and also greatly enjoyed Smoke Signals. I believe it was the first major motion picture directed by a Native American with a Native American cast.

    Also, I realized I forgot to include The Neverending Story in my initial list. The book is AWESOME, in part because the second half deals with Bastion's corruption caused by his powers!

    I also also forgot, Like Water for Chocolate and The English Patient. I disliked the movie adaptation of the English Patient because I felt like it marginalized the story of Kip, the Sikh sapper who was my favorite character in the book.

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  5. Also, if any of you haven't seen Scotland PA, see it! Macbeth set in the 1970s fast food industry with Christopher friggin' Walken as MacDuff! OMG! SO GOOD!

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  6. Hi,

    Great list, just a few I wouldn't give tuppence for either the book or the movie! ;)

    best
    F

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  7. Last of the Mohicans was good. I read the others in the series, which I found very interesting. I bought antique hard bound copies of those books.

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  8. Wow, that's a nice big list. Thanks for sharing, and I'll have my own up soon.

    If you get a chance, check out a fellow writer's zombie story and help me make him wear an embarrassing shirt next year! It's the ultimate grudge match between social media and the zombies. Details are here:
    http://kelworthfiles.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/prove-the-zombies-wrong-social-platforms-can-build-readership/

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  9. Great list. I didn't know Of Mice & Men was a film version. I loved Aardman films, have sent the link to my friends Great list. Thanks for taking part :O)

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