Top 5 Book to Movie Adaptations

For when your eyes are too tired for reading, part 2. Also, movies that don’t make me go ‘why did you do this Hollywood?!’*cough* Horns *cough*.

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5.) Howl’s Moving Castle

Based on the book of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, the film follows cursed Sophie, the, literally, heartless wizard Howl, and some serious anti – war sentiment. Having never read the book, I can easily claim this adaptation doesn’t make me scream ‘why Hollywood?!’; though I know the differences between the two are ostensible. However, and I might be biased, I don’t think it’s possible for Miayzaki to make a bad film. Best viewed in a house where even the manners are a mess.

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4.) A Letter to Three Wives

And what a letter! Based on the serial published in Cosmo in 1945 named Letter to Five Wives, this film follows three women who receive a letter from a mutual friend that she’s run off with one of her husbands; all three of who question her respective marriages. This adaptation actually improves on the original by making the women clever and autonomous. For 1949 anyway. With razor sharp writing and directing from Joseph Mankiewicz (see also All About Eve), this film was my first introduction to classic movies and is a sentimental favorite. Best watched while drinking martinis.

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3.) Much Ado About Nothing

Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, this is a completely faithful adaptation (also one of my favorite books) directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. Watch it, you’ll love it.

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2.) It Happened One Night

Based on the short story Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams, the film follows rich girl Ellen Andrews, played by Claudette Colbert, and poor journalist Peter Warne, played by Clark Gable, as they make their way from Florida back to New York during the lowest part of the Great Depression. The first film to win the ‘big five’ Oscars, this is an undisputed classic. Watch it, believe you me.

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1.) Thank You for Smoking

Based on the book of the same name by Christopher Buckley, this tongue in cheek, politically incorrect movie is getting me through all the ridiculousness in Washington right now. The film follows tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor, played by Aaron Eckhart, going head to head with extremely anti – smoking Vermont Senator Ortolan Finistirre, played by Willaim H. Macy. The most enjoyable part of the movie for me is the grayness of politics, particularly in the case of Senator Finistirre who goes about his objectively well-intentioned goal of passing a law that requires anti – smoking imagery on cigarette packing in the most underhanded, manipulative way possible. Best viewed with your own MOD squad.

 

Thanks for reading and tell me your favorite book to movie adaptations in the comments. Bye!

 

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Top 5 Books

It’s a pretty safe assumption that, to become a writer, one must first love reading. Without much fuss, because all of this is pretty self-explanatory, I present my top five favorite books.

5.) Pride and Prejudice

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
― Jane AustenPride and Prejudice

With one of the most iconic opening lines in literature, as well as one of the most memorable ‘declaration of love’ scenes, this is an eternal classic for a reason and anything I have to say about it has probably been said a million times over. Read it, you’ll love it. Best read with tea and sunshine streaming through your window.

4.) Much Ado About Nothing

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“What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?”
“Is it possible disdain should die while she hath
such meet food to feed it as Signior Benedick?”
― William ShakespeareMuch Ado About Nothing

Take the OG couple who loves to hate and hates to love, mix in some plotting (some in good fun and some decidedly not), throw in a sheriff that creates more malapropisms than Iggy does recipehs, add in a faked death and you’ve got my all-time favorite Shakespeare comedy. Best read with wine and good company.

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3.) Laura

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“In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.”
― Vera CasparyLaura

Despite loving the movie adaptation, the novella is ten times better. The thought and attention to detail Caspary put into writing makes this one of the best murder mysteries I have ever read. I honestly wish I had read it before seeing the movie. Which I know makes me sound like an obnoxious hipster, but it has nothing to do with being able to say ‘I read the book first’ and everything to do with the fact that your reading experience changes when you already know who the murderer is. Anyway, this is best read on a hazy summer night listening to “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” on repeat.

 

2.) The Master and Margarita

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“But what can be done, the one who loves must share the fate of the one he loves.”
― Mikhail BulgakovThe Master and Margarita

When Richard Armitage and Daniel Radcliffe both called this one of their favorites, I had to read it. And I fell in love with it. Weird and wonderful, it’s a satirical look at communist Russia in the 1920s. (Which seems a little too relevant at the moment). I had difficulty picking a quote for this post, I adore Bulgakov’s writing style. Though, I perused the reviews on GoodReads and found its more of a polarizing read than I expected. Regardless, love it or hate it, you’ll remember it. Best read with vodka and a black cat.

1.) Good Omens

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“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.”
― Neil Gaiman and Terry PratchettGood Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Where to begin? I’ve read this book an innumerable amount of times, as it features my favorite duo in literature (also where my pseudonym comes from) Crowley and Aziraphale. This slightly edged out “The Master and Margarita” as my first choice, though I couldn’t help but notice both feature satire, witches, and demons. The perfect combination for me, apparently. Best read wrapped up in a tartan blanket while listening to the best of Queen.

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Thanks for reading and tell me your favorite books in the comments. Bye!

 

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