Envy Sloth presents 5 by 5 Great Adaptations:
5 Great Novels made into 5 Great Movies.
The rules are simple.
a) I had to have read and loved the book and loved the movie.
b) The movie can’t be substantially better than the book.
c) The book can’t be a lot better than the movie.
Got it? Here we go…
At number five.
written by John Irving
I loved this book.
I mean I completely loved this book.
I identified with T.S. Garp in so many ways, it was almost embarrassing.
I found so many correlations between
directed by George Roy Hill
I did not expect to like the movie as much as I did.
bring the book to life in such an amazing way.
Does anyone know what’s up next?
100 points for Gryffindor.
At number four.
written by J.K. Rowling
The first one will always be my favorite. The introduction to that world, the freshness of it.
The title was changed to Sorcerer’s Stone for us ignorant Americans
Because when an American hears Philosopher’s Stone…
we think of a university professor getting high between lectures. (I think that’s why they changed the title… right?)
directed by Chris Columbus
The movie captures the magic of the first book beautifully.
My favorite movie in the series is Goblet of Fire but my favorite book is the first
And Chris Columbus does a masterful job bringing Rowling’s words to the screen.
A great beginning to a wonderful series.
At number three.
written by John Updike
One of my favorite books turned into one of my favorite movies.
I can’t remember who gave this book to me.
I think it was a woman who I didn’t know very well.
A work colleague, maybe. She just handed it to me out of the blue and told me to read it. (that happens to me a lot or at least it used to)
I loved it.
whoever you were.
directed by George Miller
But I had no idea how often I would quote the film. I drop lines from this movie all the time. If you haven’t seen it, rent it. So you can see where the shit that comes out of my mouth comes from.
At number two.
written by Vladimir Nabokov
One of my
Top ten favorite books.
And top 20 favorite movies
directed by Stanley Kubrick
The movie and the book are very different but the theme, the atmosphere, the intangibles are all present.
The book and the film complement each other so well. Thanks in no small part to Nabokov’s adaptation of his most famous novel
and of course Kubrick’s camera.
But topping my list of Great Books made into (just as) Great Movies is…
At number one.
Who didn’t see this coming?
written by J.R.R. Tolkien
I read the books back in High School.
Needless to say I absorbed them and they became a part of my being.
It’s the only work of fiction that I have read in paperback,
own in hardcover,
listened to the audio book,
the BBC radio adaptation,
read the comic book,
saw the animated film and the feature film,
own the theatrical version on Blu-ray and the extended version on DVD.
directed by Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson took on an immense project and did an amazing job.
At least once a year, I pull out my extended version of the trilogy and spend the day in Middle Earth.
Of the book trilogy and the film trilogy, the second one is my favorite in both cases.
The Two Towers tops my list.
Honorable mention goes to Blade Runner or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (by Philip K. Dick & Ridley Scott) It missed being on the list because even though the book is good, the movie is substantially better.
Lastly, Smeagol, listen to me, always remember to read the book before seeing the film that way you can be your own art director.
Okay, suit yourself Smeagol.
I’ll see you on the couch.