Friday, August 28, 2015

LISTING AWAY: From Page to Screen

Here. I am offering up this beautifully long post in the hopes that it will compensate appropriately for the morbid lack of activity in this space. Believe me, it was not intentional. And for some reason, this list took longer than I’d imagined and I ended up falling asleep on the keyboard and jerked awake in the wee hours of morning with half the letters imprinted on my face.
I hope you find the punishment the bloggerverse conspired to inflict upon me, suitable for my grievous crimes.

Adaptations that broke my heart because they were the consummate apotheosis of their literary parent
  1. The Help
  2. The Secret Life Of Bees
  3. The Book Thief
  4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  5. The Boy in Striped Pajamas
  6. The Perks of Being A Wallflower
  7. To Kill A Mockingbird
  8. The Outsiders
  9. The Hunger Games
  10. The Lord of the Rings (I’m not so hot about The Hobbit trilogy, though)
  11. The Kite Runner
 Adaptations that surprisingly surpassed their literary parent
  1. The Princess Diaries
  2. P.S. I Love You (The book’s still a DNF)
  3. The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants
  4. A Walk To Remember
  5. The Time-Traveller’s Wife (I despised the book)
  6. Stardust
 Adaptations that made me add the literary parent to my TBR pile
  1. Everything is Illuminated (Lord, I need to read this real quick.)
  2. Les Miserables (GOD, yes)
  3. Memoirs of a Geisha (Why, why haven’t I still read it?)
  4. A Series Of Unfortunate Events
  5. True Grit
  6. The Maze Runner
  7. War Horse
  8. Bend it like Beckham
 Adaptations that made their literary parent proud
  1. Warm Bodies
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (only #1 and #2 - Let’s face it, Dog Days sucked)
  3. Harry Potter (#1 - #3)
  4. I Am Number Four
  5. The Golden Compass
  6. Speak
  7. If I Stay
  8. Gone Girl
  9. Ender’s Game
  10. My Sister’s Keeper (There’s that thing with alternative ending though)
  11. Pride and Prejudice (UK version, 2005)
  12. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
  13. Divergent
  14. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (well, sort of – I’m kinda partial to Magnus Bane)
  15. Life Of Pi
  16. One Day
  17. The Da Vinci Code
  18. Angels and Demons
 Adaptations that I am literally dying to see but haven’t already
  1. Looking For Alibrandi (please god please)
  2. Pride and Prejudice (BBC version)
  3. Insurgent
  4. Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (and the reason why I haven’t seen it yet is probably because it’s R-rated and banned, but I’ve heard rave reviews)
  5. Never Let Me Go
  6. The Scarlet Letter (1934)
  7. Gone with the Wind (maybe I should read the book first?)
  8. Paper Towns
  9. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
  10. Notes on a Scandal
  11. The Namesake
  12. Jane Eyre
 Adaptations that make me want to fling it on the screen playwright’s/director’s face
  1. Will whoever wrote the screenplay and directed the Percy Jackson movies please stand up?
  2. Harry Potter (#4 through #8 – I have some unresolved screenplay issues)
  3. The Host
  4. Eragon
  5. The Fault in our Stars (sorry, not sorry – but they slathered cheese all over it)
  6. Dear John (For some reason, I was mostly insulted by how much I didn’t like the movie – even though with the Tatum/Seyfried pair I should have, by all rights)
If you think I have missed a book or two, or classified a book/movie under an undeserving list, please do let me know. And do recommend! Most probably, I would be labouring under the delusion that my favourite book still hasn’t been turned into a movie yet and if that’s the case, I demand to know ASAP.

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