Teasers and Top Tens – July 9th

Happy Tuesday everyone! Welcome to my favorite blogging day of the week!

Teaser Tuesday

Kicking things off with Teaser Tuesday, hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here’s how to play:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

He was suddenly so tired that he was tempted to sink back into his armchair and sleep there, but instead he got to his feet and followed Ron upstairs. His restless night was punctuated once more by dreams of long corridors and locked doors, and he awoke the next day with his scar prickling again.

– Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Yes, I’m still on my Harry Potter kick. I haven’t had much time to read anything else. Bibliophiles Anonymous just started our Harry Potter-palooza this past weekend, so please come check it out! We’re having fun with it.

wpid-toptentuesday.jpgNext up is Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week we’re talking about book-to-movie adaptations. The good ones, and the not-so-good ones. Now, I understand that it is incredibly hard turning a book into a movie, especially if it is a large book. Something always has to be cut. However, there are good ways to do it and bad ways to do it.

Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

The Good

1. The Lord of the Rings trilogy – Yes, I’m talking about the Peter Jackson versions. I love these movies so much. They took a really difficult and beloved book series and made it into something that was magical. Quite simply, we were in Middle Earth. I wanted to single out one movie out of the three, but they were all so well done, I couldn’t choose.

2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – I had to have one of the Harry Potter movies on here, and it was a really hard choice. I know a lot of people dismiss the early Chris Columbus directed Harry Potter films as being a bit more childish, and to be honest, I also enjoyed the darker feel of the later films, but this first film was my introduction to Harry Potter as a whole. I think it stayed very true to the book and completely captured what it felt like to enter the wizarding world for the first time.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I loved this movie so much. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me feel the same way I felt when I read the book. Part of it, I’m sure, was having the author, Stephen Chbosky, write the screen play. The cast was perfect as well.

4. The Hunger Games – Again, perfect casting and an author who was closely involved with the making of the film, in this case as producer. I thought the movie fully captured the feeling of the book. I especially liked the contrast between the gritty, downtrodden people of District 12 and the ridiculously overblown couture of the Capitol.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – I loved this movie so much when it came out! The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was a favorite of mine growing up and I thought they captured that sense of childlike wonder perfectly. I got a little shiver up my spine the first time Lucy saw the Lamppost.

The Bad

6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – Okay, as much as I loved this book, the movie was not good. Not good at all. I know things had to be left out, but the wrong things were cut, making the movie very difficult to follow, and in places, not make any sense. I was particularly upset that the explanation about who the Marauders were was completely left out, and don’t even get me started with the in-continuity of the patronus charm at the end.

7. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – It’s funny how in a movie franchise they will get some movies right, and some movies completely wrong. While I did enjoy this movie, it only bears a passing resemblance to the book. They threw in a whole bunch of subplots (Lucy being jealous of her older sister, Edmund wanting to be better than his older brother) that weren’t in the book at all and didn’t really add much to the story. Also – big water serpent/dragon/thingy? What?

8. The DaVinci Code – I wanted this movie to be good, I really did. I loved the book. But I have to say, as much as I like Tom Hanks (and who doesn’t), he wasn’t Robert Langdon to me. The story was cut down so badly, it made the ending seem really obvious and kind of ridiculous. Which is not how a Dan Brown book should be read.

9. Twilight – I will confess that I haven’t seen this movie all the way through, and haven’t seen any of the other Twilight films. Now, I am not a Twilight hater. I’ve read all the books and enjoyed them, although I’m not a huge fan. But the movie took what little character development the books had and basically did nothing with it. I’ve also heard that there was a complete character assassination done on Jacob in the later films, which was not cool.

10. The Golden Compass – Let’s put aside the fact that they LEFT OUT THE LAST THIRD OF THE BOOK. It’s unfortunate, because I think they had a real opportunity to do something great here. The casting was good, the CGI was good, I liked the visuals. But this went above and beyond cutting out the wrong things. The movie basically went nowhere. The ending of the book had such a strong impact, seeing it left out was just sad.

Don’t forget to vote on the main character and the opening setting for the new story that I will be writing! Voting closes on Friday and the first excerpt will be posted on Monday. The post to vote can be found here (or just click back to yesterday’s post). 🙂

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17 thoughts on “Teasers and Top Tens – July 9th

    • I actually liked the movies better than the books. Don’t tell any real Tolkien fans that I said that though! The books are just really dense – amazing, but hard to get through at times. Definitely liked the movies a lot more. Which isn’t usually the case with me. Usually the books are way better.

    • I probably would have liked it a lot better if they had just left in the part about the Marauders. Without that, a lot of the plot doesn’t make sense unless you’ve read the book. I had several people who hadn’t read the book come to me and ask questions because it was too hard to understand.

      I did like several things about the movie, but this bit bugged me too much.

    • It’s not for everyone, I’ll admit. I read the book first and fell in love with the characters, so maybe that had something to do with it. Seeing Charlie, Sam and Patrick on screen was really nice, especially since the actors they picked were perfect for the roles.

  1. I have a Narnia movie on both my “best” and “worst” sides too (Prince Caspian instead of Dawn Treader). I agree about the subplots. They just messed around too much with the story in the sequels while the first movie really did a good job sticking to both the story and spirit of the original novel. Great list!

    • Maybe they thought that the movies would be too simple if they didn’t try to spice them up a bit? I don’t know. And I agree, Prince Caspian didn’t do a good job either – what’s with all this rage coming from Peter? Seriously!

      I enjoyed watching the movies. They were entertaining, even if I wish they had let the story stand on its own without embellishing it so.

    • I think Order of the Phoenix was my favorite, or at least one of my favorites, in the series. I can’t remember the last time I read it, but there was so much that I’d forgotten! I’m really enjoying rediscovering these books. 🙂

    • YOU DIDN’T LIKE HUNGER GAMES!!! AHHH!!

      Just kidding. 🙂 I thought the movie was very well done, but I’ve known a couple of people who didn’t like it. To each their own.

      I liked your teaser too. I’ve never heard of those books or that author. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Prince Caspian was the Narnia book that made my worst list. After that disaster Dawn Treader didn’t seem that bad to me. The HP movie that made my worst list was 6. I like all the others, some more than others, but that one I’ve never been able to rewatch.

    • Yeah, they did some weird things in Prince Caspian as well. I don’t know why. The story was perfectly fine without all that jumped up subploting! And I have a love/hate relationship with most of the Harry Potter movies, but Prisoner of Azkaban is the only one where I had friends of mine, who hadn’t read the book, come up to me to try and figure out what was going on. Without the book as a reference point, they were completely lost. That’s bad storytelling there. And it would have been so easy to fix. Oh well.

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