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
- 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
- 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.