Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Hate You. I Love You.

The Novel to Film Blogfest continues and today I tell you which of my extensive (Stephen King?) list of novel to film adaptations I either hated or loved.  I'm not going to do the entire list.  None of us wants that and there may be some sort of blogger size limit on posts.  So I'm only hitting the ones I feel the strongest about.


Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews.

This novel changed my life (I was 11 years old).  Then the movie ruined it.  It wasn't just the horrible acting, it was mainly due to after the first hour the storyline jumped from the beginning outlined in the book to the very end.  The entire middle was skipped and honestly...the best parts.

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer.

Those who have followed my blog for a while know my feelings regarding this.  Rush a product and reap the consequences.  Also, don't choose actors who are beautifully wrapped, but completely empty inside.


Stephen King:
I left off probably 10-20 novels to movies on my list yesterday but anything by Stephen King is incredible in my opinion (except for Pet Cemetery). He consults on his films, usually does a cameo, and hires the best actors. Plus I'm pretty sure most peeps are too scared to mess with his stories.

Harry Potter:

The first two movies were totally magical...really...but then the story began to be cut more and more to fit the movie time limits.  Not anyone's fault and what they cut was not action but character development and relationship growth.  So those of you who looked at me like I was crazy when I loudly sobbed in the movie theater as Sirius died...you can suck it.  If you read the books you would have been crying too.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton:

I grew up right outside of Tulsa before getting my ass to Texas as quickly as I could but I didn't need that reason to love this book.  Or the ones that came after.  This was pure teenage gold and the movie cast was a who's who of up and coming superstars.

Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien:

I am saying the only thing I can say.  Thank you.  From the bottom of my heart.

That's it for today.  Tomorrow I give you...my wish list.  Will it surprise you?  Probably not.


  1. The Green Mile is one of the best films ever made, IMHO.

  2. I should have included The Outsiders. *head slap* That's a great one.

    I knew you'd do Harry Potter. And Lord of the Rings was a masterpiece, IMO. Peter Jackson loves that series as much as anyone on the planet and he did a phenomenal job with a ton of material. So glad they did that in three long movies.

    Stephen King's books are perfectly suited for movies. I think my favorites are, of course, Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, and The Shining, which scared the crap out of me.

  3. I agree with you! And I am so glad I never saw Flowers in the Attic!!! Whew. I dodged a cinematic bullet.

  4. Disclaimer: Flowers in the Attic was published in 1979 but the entire series was done by the time I read them. They were actually banned in some libraries because of the content. I'm only hatin' the movie, still love that book, flaws and all.

  5. Lord of the Rings. YESSSSSSSSSSS.

    Tolkien was a master world-builder, and the story behind WHY he wrote this is utterly amazing. I enjoyed the film adaptations to the max!

    Hey, I was in Ft. Worth last weekend, and going down again next week to finalize a few things. Could you PLEASE do something about that friggin' Texas heat? :)

  6. Ah yes, Flowers in the Attic. I remember my schoolteacher giving me grief for showing interest in it - in any book by Virginia Andrews, actually. My teachers took a vested interest in what I chose to read for some reason! My sister really liked the books, and I remember watching the adaptation of it with her on TV.

    Harry Potter is great of course, but kind of skipped out on the others listed here.


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