Monday, 1 August 2011

Novel Films Blogfest, whee!

It's time for the Novel Films Blogfest, hosted by the super groovy Madeleine over at Scribble and Edit! This blogfest requires that we list novels, comics and plays that we have read AND have seen the film/TV adaptations. I went through a really sizable list of books that have been converted to movies, and pretty fast I realised I haven't read/seen many combos at all. So not only will I list those that make the proper list, but I'll add a few other lists to the end too, just for fun. Just a note before I begin - the rules don't state that you have to LOVE both the book and the movie, just that you have to have read the book and seen the movie in each case.

READ/SEEN (even if I can't remember some too well. hehe)
  1. Chocolat by Joanne Harris
  2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  3. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

  4. Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
  5. Emma by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  7. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  8. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (book: “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) by Roald Dahl

  9. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  10. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  11. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  12. The Stand by Stephen King
  13. Harry Potter and the [insert book/movie title here] by J.K. Rowling.
Now, my extra lists, just for fun!

  • The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver

  • Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

  • Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake

  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

  • Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter

  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein
Field of Dreams by W.P. Kinsella (book: “Shoeless Joe”)

  • Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

  • Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
Gorillas in the Mist by Diane Fossey

  • He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt
  • Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman

  • A Clockwork Orange by Antony Burgess

And now I consider this blogfest done! Except for the part where I visit everyone else's entries to see their lists!


  1. Love your list for books to read. Those are almost all on my list to read as well. The Princess Bride I've been wanting to read forever. And The Lovely Bones too... wow I just loved that film so much. I love anything Peter Jackson does, and his version of the story in film made me want to read it so bad. It's sitting in my nightstand patiently waiting my "free time." lol

  2. Love your list too. I'd also like to read The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger.Thanks for taking part. I've seen The Witches but not yet read it and likewise Matilda I'd love to read too. :O)

  3. I have to read Chocolat. I loved the film and we have the book, which Margo says is great, so I think I'll bump it up my to read list.

  4. @PK - I've since added a couple more titles I had forgotten earlier. The Lovely Bones sure was a great film, though terribly sad. But yeah, want to read the book for sure!

    @Madeleine - no worries. I need to edit my post again to include a link to your blog. Hehe. My mind isn't working right tonight!

    @Tony - I admit it's been a while since I read it, but I do distinctly recall loving it. And of course the film is good too!

    Thanks for stopping by guys.

  5. I loved the Devil Wears Prada. It's definitely one of my favorite movies of all time.

  6. The Stand was really good, both versions.

  7. I want to see The Princess Bride (I've already read the book) but whenever I go to the library someone seems to have taken it out. LOL.

  8. Hi,

    I've read most of your list and seen about half in movie version! Gorilla's in The Mist partiularly poignant! ;)


  9. Great list! I love all of those too - though my favorites are most of Stephen Kings adaptations! :)

  10. How could I have forgotten Alice Hoffman and The Princess Bride? Love both those books and movies.

    I've seen every adaptation of Jane Austen there is. :D And I read Memoirs of a Geisha after seeing the movie, same for The Color Purple, wanted the deeper level only a novel can give.

  11. I think Bridges of Madison County and The Color Purple were better as books. I liked the movies too. I love all the Jane Austen movies and books too.

  12. Thanks for joining in the blogfest! I'll have my own list up this evening.

  13. I thought The DaVinci Code was fairly well done on both accounts, though overall I was not thrilled with either one.
    If you liked The Bridges of Madison County movie then I'm sure you'll like the book. Personally, I hated both, and I think I had pretty good reason for disliking them.

    You have a pretty eclectic list.

    Tossing It Out

  14. We feel the same way about A Clockwork Orange. HATED the movie and will never read the book. Glad I'm not alone. Great list.

  15. Definitely read The Bone Collector. The book is better than the movie. Deaver is an awesome writer. :-)

  16. I went the easy route and just listed my top 5... but, as I'm visiting everyone - I see how many I've missed that I've actually seen & read!! And many I need to see and read, too.

    Practical Magic and The Princess Bride are two movies I love, that I'd love to read the books, too. :)

  17. Reading these blogfest entries, I am feeling increasingly lame. I am more a movie watcher than a book reader apparently!

  18. A nice list, I generally don't like mixing those mediums together, as I tend to hate most adaptations, but I have seen some I really like.

  19. @Michael - it's a fun movie, for sure. I like that kind of movie.

    @L. Diane - I loved the miniseries version!

    @Golden Eagle - it's one of my favourite movies. "Aaaaas yoooouuuu wiiiiish!" hehe

    @Francine - yeah, Gorillas was a sad story, but a very good movie.

    @Amy - yeah, I haven't read many Stephen King books but have definitely seen a fair few adaptations.

    @M Pax - agreed on the depth of a novel! I really need to expand my TBR list...because 200+ books to be read just isn't enough.

    @Tonja - will have to report my own findings when I've read those books.

    @Chris - no worries!

    @Arlee - yeah, I'm not a fan of the book version of The Da Vinci Code, the movie was better but still not "the best".

    @Lisa - so glad to know I'm not alone in having hated that movie! I saw it and just had a depressed feeling for days (maybe even weeks) afterwards. Ugh.

    @Misha - thanks for the tip! I did love the movie so if the book's better, then great!

    @Donea - love those two movies too! They're amongst my favourites for sure.

    @ali - oh don't feel lame! I watch heaps of movies too. I'm only just getting started on my "classics reading" years (and by classics I don't just mean books by people who are now dead. hehe)

    @Rusty - yeah, I agree that most adaptations are just not up to scratch. There are a few exceptions that I've seen though.

  20. What a great list! I read BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY before I saw the movie. I cried like a lunatic when I read the book. That's saying something!

  21. I've never read the Bridges of Madison County, but the movies is one of my favorites. I actually forgot it was a book! Thanks for the reminder, I'll have to add it to my TBR pile. :)

  22. Great list. There are so many movies I've seen that I'd love to read the books.

  23. Great list! I was nodding my head as I read through your lists, there were so many I've seen/read but had totally forgotten. I didn't take part in this blogfest but it's really fun to read the posts!

  24. What's the novel of "Chocolat" like? I've only seen the movie. You had that disclaimer about not needing to like them :-)

    What was it about "A Clockwork Orange" you didn't like, since it's the only one you hated? The violence?

  25. @Julie M. - Yeah, I haven't seen the movie in ages but I do remember liking it. And I want to read the book.

    @Jennifer - No worries! I forgot a lot of these movies were books as well. Or in many cases, had never heard that they were.

    @Ciara - I'm sure that some of the books on my TBR pile (which is very, very large) have been made movies at some point.

    @Julie - Thanks! It's been fun for me too, to see everyone else's lists.

    @Marcus - Chocolate wasn't the most brilliant novel ever (kind of like the movie wasn't the most brilliant movie ever), but I did enjoy it. Think I prefer the movie for the Johnny factor. hehe. As for A Clockwork Orange, yeah it was just nasty and depressing and for me, had not one single redeeming feature. Harsh, perhaps, but it's my opinion.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! :)

  26. Practical Magic the book is way better than the movie; completely different, too. She's one of my favorite authors, although not that particular book.

    I didn't reaize many of these were books too--what fun! *off to make a new reading wish list*

  27. That's a really awesome list! I just read Chocolat-- loved the book and the movie. And like Water for Chocolate too! I think I'm on a sugar rush. Why did you hate Clockwork? Could it have been the singing in the rain scene???

  28. @Jes - good to know! I'm definitely going to read it. And I didn't realise a lot of those on the original list were books either - it's fun to find this stuff out!

    @Samantha - I haven't read or seen Like Water For Chocolate, heard good things about both though! As for Clockwork, I just hated the violence of it. I think the scene that sticks in my mind most is the rape scene, but the whole movie left me with a really bad taste.

  29. Trisha - I can't believe I missed this awesome blogfest. Egads, you've got me curious about my book/movie combos. Love your inspired to read list though. I didn't realize some of those were books too!


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