03 August, 2011

Novel Films Blogfest Day 3

The Novel Films Blogfest continues today! This time it is:

Tell us which books you have read that you want to see the film versions for or which films you've seen that you plan to read the books on which they are based.

(I didn't post yesterday for the blogfest--my apologies. I had gotten the dates on which to post terribly mixed up.)

So, here's my list:

The Princess Bride
I really enjoyed the book; rather funny.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Ah yes, the good old trilogy . . . that somehow managed to have six books.

The Help
I wouldn't say The Help is one of my favorites, but it was interesting--I'd like to see how they did the movie.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
If it turns out they took apart the book and turned it into something awful, I'll send them a personal letter of dislike. I love that book. :) The trailer doesn't look so bad, though. (It isn't out yet.)

The Tale of Despereaux
At first when I heard there was a movie, I didn't really think about it much. But now I'd like to see just what they did to one of my favorite MG novels.

Mr. Popper's Penguins
Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper? Hmph. I can see it (based on his performance as Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events) but just from the trailer it looks like they changed the whole plot . . .

I adored the book Stardust, by Neil Gaiman. It was a great story.

I hadn't known there was a movie made of this until I read other blogfest posts.

Les Miserables
I watched the musical once, but they did make a movie of this one, didn't they?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Geez, I feel like the only person in the blogosphere who hasn't seen it yet. LOL.

As for books I want to read that I've seen the movies of . . . er, I can't think of any. Really. I almost always read the book first, and if I watch the movie, I try to read the book as soon as possible. I'll probably come across some visiting people, though, which I will add to the list.


So, which movies would you like to see, and/or which books do you want to read?

-----The Golden Eagle


Sananora said...

I was disappointed when I saw the trailer of Mr. Popper's Penguins too. I love that book!

The Tale of Despereaux was pretty good (the movie) in my opinion, it didn't quite hit my favorite list though. And I haven't read the book.

L.G.Smith said...

So many good ones on your list. The Stardust movie was well done. Not disappointing at all for me. And I like the Les Miserables version with Liam Neeson (sp?) and Claire Danes.

I too liked the trailer for The Invention of Hugo Cabret. I have high hopes for that one. Such a good book.

And get thee a DVD rental and watch The Princess Bride. I'm not kidding, I know grown men in their forties who claim this is their favorite movie ever.

That 20 Something Virgin. said...

yes, there's a movie of les miserable, but it doesn't have singing (just liam neeson, who's always kind of a badass). i love the musical and the movie is good too, a couple characters get left out though (like eponine, one of my favorites from the musical)

and i haven't read stardust but i really like the movie.

Caroline said...

Ohhh, I love the Princess Bride!!! That's one of my favorite movies :) I read the book a couple of years ago, but for some reason I think the movie is way better. Which is odd for a book to movie adaption, I know :)

Stardust looks like a good movie--I want to see that too. :) Have you seen/read Inkheart?

Heather said...

I loved The Princess Bride, that was excellent in both book form and movie! I'd like to see them make GONE into a movie, and I'm looking forward to The Hunger Games.

nutschell said...

I love harry potter and stardust! I'm incredibly excited to see the Invention of Hugo Cabret--especially since Chloe moretz, one of my favorite young actresses, is going to be in it.

Jules said...

HUMMM... I can't think of any movie I crave to see. As to books, I'm so behind with everything... maybe by 2012 I'll catch up. :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Marlena Cassidy said...

I saw the Tale of Despereaux. It was cute.

I need to finish Notre-Dame de Paris even though I've seen several screen versions of it, including Disney's. I've also been told I need to read Charlaine Harris' books, but I probably won't. Not interested in vampires anymore.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You've never seen The Princess Bride? Wonderful movie! Watch it first. And skip the movie version - go see the play of Les Miserables instead.

Old Kitty said...

I absolutely adore the Princess Bride but didn't know it was a book too??? Wonderful!!! That's going on my TBR for erm... next year! LOL!!

I've not seen Harry Potter pt 2 film YET! but I enjoyed the book!

Great list!! Take care

shelly said...

The Help movie looks good. Not sure I'd read the book though. I like reading horror.

M Pax said...

The Princess Bride remains one of my all-time favorite movies. I, too, wish to see Stardust and The Help.

Charles Gramlich said...

I just finished reading "lonesome dove" and will try to watch it now.

Mary Mary said...

I'm so looking forward to seeing The Help. I usually stumble upon the movie before the book, so I'm not sure if I have many books I'd like to see made into films (although I was really hoping they'd make Water for Elephants, and well, they did, although not in the best way). Nice list!

Sarah Pearson said...

Okay, I'll admit it. I haven't seen either of the last two Harry Potter films.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I haven't seen the last Harry Potter either. My kids all did and said they would go with me but I haven't been inspired yet.
I can watch The Princess Bride about once a week. I like that it's a fairy tale that appeals to boys also. My sons loved it when they were little.

Ann said...

Too many good books made into movies to even begin to note. Love your list though. I too love the Princess Bride.

Usually I find the movies disappointing and sometimes annoying after reading the book. A bit on the odd side, I know!

Marie Rearden said...

Too many to count! I'm reading The Princess Bride right now, and you're right, it's funny. :)

Trisha said...

The Princess Bride is one of my favourite movies. Have yet to read the book, but it's on my TBR shelf!

L'Aussie said...

It'd be pretty hard to make Hitchhikers into films. Just like producers struggled for years to get Lord of the Rings onto the big screen. Thank goodness for Peter Jackson.

Great list.


Madeleine said...

I like your list and explanations. Made me chuckle. I was slightly disappointed with Deathly Hallows 2I wanted to see more of Neville rebelling. The film producers work so hard on special effects and fighting scenes that they often forget the storyline. The scene with Harry after he gets zapped by Voldermort is so bright white it hurts the eyes, but hey I hope you enjoy it. :O)

Laila Knight said...

2010 was a great movie, and they did make a movie of Les Miserables...a few actually...little Cosette and everything. :) It always breaks my heart when he pulls out the candlesticks. Have a great day!

laughingwolf said...

some louis lamour books were made into decent flicks, esp the sackett series... but not all :(

The Golden Eagle said...

Sananora: It's one of my favorites, too.

It's a great book. :) And I love the illustrations that are throughout.

L.G.: I love the book Stardust!

Me, too. *crosses fingers*

LOL. The library has it . . . but I keep getting there right after it's been checked out or something. Definitely a popular book!

20 Something Virgin: I don't think I've ever seen Liam Neeson, offhand that I can remember.

I forgot they left out Eponine--that makes no sense! I love her character; she's one of my favorites in the musical AND the book.

It's a great book. :)

Caroline: I've got to see the movie sometime . . . LOL.

Yup! I liked the movie, but it isn't one of my favorites--it seemed like they were planning to cut off the series at the first book instead of continuing on with Inkspell and Inkdeath. Too bad.

Heather: Gone, by Michael Grant? Oh, that'd be an interesting movie! (If a bit scary. :P)

Nutschell: I've never heard of her, but from the trailer, it looks like it's going to be good--if it doesn't turn out that way, I'm going to be disgruntled. LOL.

Jules: Good for you! Reading all these books that were made into movies just adds another thing to the list of things I plan on doing . . . sometime. :P

Marlena: It looks like a cute movie. :)

Me, neither. Some vampire books are good, but I've been vampired-out. Exsanguinated of tolerance.

Alex: Actually, I read the book first--oops?

I saw the musical; I'm interesting in seeing how they translated it to screen, and how they managed to leave out Eponine of all characters.

Old Kitty: Yup! :) It's a great story, too.

So, I'm not alone? LOL.


Shelly: It's an interesting book; not everything sat quite right with me, but it's a good story.

I don't read much horror--though I've got two novels by Stephen King in the stack of books I took out of the library. :P

The Golden Eagle said...

M: Argh, I've got to get around to seeing it! You're all convincing me of that. :)

Charles: They made a movie of Lonesome Dove? I hadn't know that. Hope you enjoy it!

Mary: I haven't read Water for Elephants, though it's on my TBR and I do want to see how they did the movie, after I read it . . .

Thank you!

Sarah: Not even HP and the Deathly Hallows Part 1? Why not?

Susan: Wow. That's a lot of The Princess Bride! LOL.

I've heard that about the movie before, that it appeals to a lot of people. :)

Ann: True, that!

Me, too. They can really tear apart a book, if it's done in a certain way.

Marie: Isn't it? :) William Golding really knows how to pull the readers leg . . . :P

Trisha: You should read the book! It's quite funny.

L'Aussie: I would think so! The characters go through some pretty crazy situations.


Madeleine: I'll have to reread the book before I watch the movie; I want to know what they changed or could have done better when I see it onscreen. :P

I can picture it--flash! Sparkle! Snap! Magic, flying all over the place as the wizards duel.

Thanks! :)

Laila: I really liked the books; I'll have to check the library system to see if they have it.

A few? I didn't know that.

You too! :)

Laughingwolf: I've never read anything by Louis L'Amour--but it's too bad they didn't do the movies well.