Top Ten Picks is a weekly meme by Jillian about your top 10 picks! Each week, there will be a different theme and this weeks theme is 'favourite books to movies'. So here are my top 10 books that have been turned into movies (in no particular order) ~
1. The Time Traveler's Wife
This has been my favourite book for about 5 years now, so I was a bit apprehensive when the film was released, because I didn't want the story I loved so much to be ruined. Luckily, I thought the film was fantastic and that Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams did a great job as Henry and Clare.
2. The Notebook
I actually saw the film of The Notebook before I read the book, and only decided to read the book because I loved the film so much. Whilst the book in itself is a great read, the film is just magical, I love the characters of Noah and Allie, and always get completely immersed in their story.
3. My Sister's Keeper
This is another of my favourite books, but the transition to film was a bit rocky. I heard pretty early on that they were changing the ending, and I was very unsure as to how that would pan out. When I watched the film, I did so with an open mind, and enjoyed it, but as a seperate thing to the book. I thought the acting of Sofia Vassilieva was out of this world, and she pretty much made the film as great as it was, and I think the ending in the movie suited the story told on screen.
4. Into The Wild
Again, I saw this before I read the book, and I was so glad I did. The movie is amazing, the true story of Chris McCandless is utterly heartbreaking, but the book is nothing like the film, and in my opinion, not nearly as good. The film fleshes out the story a lot more, you get to know Chris more and you delve more in to his motives behind wanting to go to Alaska so intensely. A fantastic film, and a fitting legacy to Chris, who was determined to follow his dream, no matter the consequence.
5. Harry Potter
Like a lot of people from my generation, I'm a massive fan of the Harry Potter books and movies. My personal favourite is The Order Of The Phoenix, because I love the huge fight scene in the ministry at the end. I think the books have transferred to screen well, especially considering a lot of the plot has to be cut due to the length of the books.
This is a relatively unknown book and film, which seems weird to me as I read the book about 8 years ago. The book is great, but the film is fantastic. It stars Kristen Stewart back when she was unknown, and she plays the role of Melinda so well. A touching story about a girl who tries to overcome a terrible incident, but when no one listens, she stops talking.
7. The Da Vinci Code
A lot of people seem to hate Dan Brown, but I guess I'm one of the few that enjoys his books. The Da Vinci Code is my favourite of his, and so I was excited to see it come to life in the film. Especially as part of the movie was filmed in the town I live in, so that was a nice touch for me personally. I'm a massive fan of Tom Hanks, so I love how he portrays the character of Robert Langdon, and I thought Audrey Tautou was great as Sophie.
8. The Lovely Bones
This was pretty controversial when it was first released, but I rather enjoyed it. Okay, so some of the scenes could be considered 'over the top' with the whole CGI thing, but I think that it is meant to represent a young girl's heaven, and there's no reason why it couldn't be like that. I liked the cast, and thought the actors really suited the roles and the music added to the film was great as well. I thought it followed the book pretty well too, which was a plus for me as I enjoyed the story in the book.
9. Dear John
As soon as I saw the advert for this movie I knew I was going to love it. It seems like the perfect summer romance on the top, but under the surface there's a lot more going on and I like that in a movie. My one niggle would be that in the film, you don't really get a definitive answer about what happens at the end between Savannah and John, so I had to read the book afterwards to find that out. Other than that, I thought it was a fantastic film, and I loved the book as well.
10. Girl, Interrupted
I can't remember the first time I saw this, I think I was in my young teens, but I enjoyed it then and I still enjoy it now. The acting is fantastic, especially by Angelina Jolie and Brittany Murphy, who are so convincingly out of their minds crazy. The book I didn't enjoy so much when I read it a few years ago, but I did enjoy the insight to what happened to some of the girls after they left the hospital, which isn't mentioned in the movie. Definitely a must see.
So what are your favourite books to movies?