It’s Time to Light the Lights: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday
Each week The Broke and the Bookish will post a new Top Ten list that one or more of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

I started today with all intentions of dividing the topic Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations into 5 and 5 and realized about halfway through that I could not. So here you have my list of 10 best and 10 worst adaptations to the big screen. I could include the small one but the lists would be even longer.

The 10 Best Adaptations

Carrie Carrie [Blu-ray]

Carrie (1976)
This was one of the very first horror books I ever read and one of the first horror movies I ever saw. They both were amazingly powerful for a 12 year old.
Quote:
Carrie: It was bad, Mama. They laughed at me.

Different Seasons (Signet)Stand by Me (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]

Stand by Me (1986)
The second Stephen King adaptation on the list and there could have been more.
Quote:
The Writer: [typing on computer] I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High AdventureThe Princess Bride (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray]
The Princess Bride (1987)
A classic which we recently read and watched with the girls.
Quote:
Grandpa: [reading to his grandson] Since the invention of the kiss, there have been five kisses rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The end.

Dangerous Liaisons (Penguin Classics) Dangerous Liaisons [Blu-ray]
Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Brilliance from ever performer but Glenn Close and John Malkovich are classic.
Quote:
Vicomte de Valmont: It’s beyond my control.

The Silence of the Lambs The Silence of the Lambs [Blu-ray]
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
One of the very first movies to remind me that what really scares me is not gory a la American Psycho but creepy.
Quote:
Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Sheep-Pig Babe (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
Babe (1995)
I saw this movie even before I had children, which reminds me I should probably watch it with them too.
Quote:
Farmer Hoggett: That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

Pride and Prejudice: 200th Anniversary Edition Pride and Prejudice (Restored Edition)
Pride and Prejudice (1995 Mini-Series)
OK, so technically not a big screen adaptation but Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Enough Said!
Quote:
Mr. Darcy: If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.

The Remains Of The Day The Remains of the Day (Special Edition)
Remains of the Day (1996)
The restraint of this love story is what draws me in every time.
Quote:
James Stevens: I don’t believe a man can consider himself fully content until he has done all he can to be of service to his employer.

J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (Movie Tie-in): The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions)  [Blu-ray]
Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)
These movies were amazing and while I am a canon freak about some things I thing the Jackson’s take was almost perfect.
Quote:
Aragorn: Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7) Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection
Harry Potter (2001-2011)
This series had its ups and downs but over all it was something wonderful and magical.
Quote:
Professor Severus Snape: Always.

The Ten Worst Adaptations

(No links to movies because that would be cruel)

Dune, 40th Anniversary Edition (Dune Chronicles, Book 1)
Dune (1984)
Why?
One Word: Sting

The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Why?
The words “freely adapted” should have been a dead giveaway.

Romeo and Juliet: Oxford School Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Why?
The Word bastardization was invented for this film. The whole movie was awful and treated the audience as if they were stupid. The only thing that could have saved this movie is if Baz Luhrmann had confused the ending with Hamlet.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Why?
I never thought I would say the words awful and Sean Connery in the same sentence. This movie made me.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss) The Cat in the Hat (Beginner Books(R))
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) / The Cat in The Hat (2003)
Why?
Because sometimes live action should be murdered.

I Am Legend
I Am Legend (2007)
Why?
Sometimes when you change the end of a story you change the entire reason for its being. Yup, that is what happened here. This movie was no longer I Am Legend.

Golden Compass
The Golden Compass (2007)
Why?
Smart Book, Dumb Movie.

Stardust: The Gift Edition - Deluxe Signed Limited
Stardust (2007)
Why?
This one was painful. I wanted to love this one. It had adorable Charlie Cox in it. But sadly I think the screenwriters only read the SparkNotes.

The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising Sequence)
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (2007)
Why?
Apparently tweens are why we can’t have nice things.

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Why?
Full disclosure? I have only seen the trailer but after what he did to Romeo and Juliet (including the use of the plus sign for the word “and”) I could not bring myself to what another Baz Luhrmann adaptation.

3 thoughts on “It’s Time to Light the Lights: Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Okay, I can’t disagree with a thing here! And where’s the fun in that? 🙂 I just commented elsewhere how awful those Dr. Seuss adaptation movies are. Great (but brief) kids books do not need to be turned into 2-hour messes! The Golden Compass movie really was disappointing — and I love the book so much. But Sting in Dune? C’mon, that was awesome! Okay, sucky movie, but I love the way Sting looked in it. And an absolute YES to all your “best” picks (except Remains of the Day, which I’ve neither read nor viewed) — but I do love ’em all. Great list!

    1. OK Sting looked awesome but he was the ham-handiest of them all in a movie full of ham-handed actors. The sad part about a lot of the worst is that they draw you in by looking good and then gut punch you with the bad. 🙂

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