Friday Favorites: 5 Book to Film Adaptations Worth Watching

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One of my goals this year is to incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. So from time to time, you might notice Friday FavoritesΒ making an appearance. It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or in length, depending on my mood πŸ˜‰


This week I am starting with a handful of my favorite book to film adaptations. I realize that film adaptations often receive a bad rap, and I admit some of them really deserve it. There is nothing more infuriating than seeing a beloved story completely destroyed. And it does happen. Whether it is the result of deviating from the plot-line too much, poor casting or even low budgets, we have all seen a few of our favorites ripped to shreds. But I still love seeing books made into movies.


Well for several reasons really. But the most important (and the one I am going to talk about here) is that adaptations expand a book’s audience! I live in a home of non-readers. So when I experience a story that I love, nothing thrills me more than seeing it hit the big screen! Here is my chance to finally share. And that means a lot to me as a reader.

I love the idea of a great story reaching a larger audience. Even if that means a few adjustments. But I think it is important to keep in mind that adaptations are exactly that. They have been modified to work within the new setting and for their new audience. Sometimes it unfolds beautifully and others it fails miserably. But I will never give up my enthusiasm for possibility of seeing a great film of a favorite book.


With that being said, here are five book to film adaptations I thoroughly love.

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Released 1977
Directors/Producers:Β Arthur Rankin, Jr.,Β Jules Bass

This musical adaptation combined lyrics from the original story and the animation I have come to adore, to tell the incredible adventure of Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim the gold of the dwarves. Full of wonder and merriment but easily capturing the darker moments, the end result is almost as magical as JRR Tolkien’s orignal, beloved tale.

The_Road_2_L.jpgThe Road
Released 2009
Director: John Hillcoat
Producers:Β Β Nick Wechsler,Β Paula Mae Schwartz,Β Steve Schwartz

While the film adaptation of this bleak postapocalyptic tale drastically toned down the more graphic and disturbing scenesΒ that were encountered in the book, it was still managed to convey the gritty, often dismal and very emotional aspects of the catastrophic setting with a stellar cast and cinematography. It is a raw look at the downfall of humanity that I felt held true to the original theme of the book by Cormac McCarthy.

clckwrkA Clockwork Orange
Released 1971
Director/Producer: Stanley Kubrick

A Clockwork Orange is not a film I can recommend to everyone. The same can be said for the book. While ranked highly among my favorites and packing a hefty message about free will, there is a lot of disturbing content. If you cannot handle the perverse, skip it. But if you are like myself, and comfortable with exploring the uncomfortable, this one is a must. Kubrick manages to bring full life to Anthony Burgess’s dark and complex story. Be it disgust or shock, the film will definitely solicit some strong emotions.

bladerunnerBlade RunnerΒ 
Released 1982
Director: Ridley Scott
Producers:Β Michael Deeley,Β Charles de Lauzirika

Based loosely onΒ Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner delivers a gritty future and tells the story of a detective hunting replicants (bioengineered androids). It offers a unique experience that fans of sci-fi can easily appreciate and offers a digestible look into the complex world created by Phillip K. Dick.

princess-bride-the-1987-006-cary-elwes-robin-wright-kissThe Princess Bride
Released 1987
Director/Producer: Rob Reiner

A phenomenal cast breathe incredible life into William Goldman’s classic fairy tale. Full of nonstop laughs and endearing characters, The Princess Bride easily makes my favorites list in both films and books. This is a must watch for all, and I would be hard pressed not to include it today. If you need a pick me, you can find it in this enchanting film.


While this list is certainly not all-inclusive, the above films have leftΒ  their mark with me.Β Whether they stuck to the original script or chose to deviate for a wider audience, I found the end result to be none the less entertaining and satisfying.

What are some of your favorite book to film adaptations? What do you look for in the films of your favorite stories? I personally do not mind a few changes as long as the true spirit and original essence/message are captured in the final production.

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❀

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76 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: 5 Book to Film Adaptations Worth Watching

  1. Hear, hear on the Rankin/Bass Hobbit. I loved that film!

    Now, some of the ones I like? Dune, both the Lynch film AND the SyFy miniseries. The film was just so odd even while capturing the spirit. The miniseries really caught the details but a smaller budget made it a bit “off”. I have to admit, I would like to see a big budget, hollywood produced Dune film trilogy. One for each of the stages in the book. With some of the crap ideas that get pushed nowadays AND all the phracking reboots, remakes, recycled garbage, my mind boggles that they don’t try it.
    I keep on hoping πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh yes! Dune. Love Lynch and that film. Forgot about it haha. Have not seen the series though. It would awesome to see a high end remake.! No idea why it hasn’t been done. Especially since scifi has a solid market and audience. I may habe to do a rewatch this weekend now that you have mentioned it 😊

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      1. Oh, my…. the Lynch version of Dune! What a fiasco….. Syfy’s version was much better in my opinion, and their miniseries of Children of Dune is one of their best productions ever.

        Getting Dune to the screen is nigh on impossible. There have been several attempts in the last 15 years, but nothing ever comes of them. There is a wonderful documentary about Alejandro Jodiwrosky’s failed attempt to film Dune, called ‘Jodiwrosky’s Dune’. It’s well worth a watch if you’re a fan of Dune.

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  2. I may have to re-watch ‘The Hobbit’. I don’t remember it being that good.
    I have not seen nor read ‘The road’.
    I love both the book and the film for ‘Clockwork Orange’.
    I really like ‘Blade Runner’ the movie, but I’m unable to read Phillip K. Dick, so this is a case of the movie surpassing the novel, as far as I’m concerned.
    Dubble luv ‘Princess Bride’ & the book.

    Best adaptation:
    I am a big Dashell Hammett fan. The old Humphrey Bogart version of ‘The Maltese Falcon’, is the truest book to film that I know.

    I am a big James Ellroy fan. The movie ‘L.A. Confidential’ pick and chose various scenes from three or four different books and crammed them haphazardly together. I know that many people rave about how good that film is, but I absolutely unequivocally despise that movie.

    Changed it but it works:
    I am a big Chuck Paluniak fan. When I heard that ‘Fight Club’ had been made into a movie. I thought, they can only mess it up. I was wrong. I think that the movie stands on it’s own, aside from the book.

    Happy Reading and Watching!
    ~Icky. πŸ™‚

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    1. Ah yes! I hope you enjoy The Hobbit this time around if you watch it again. It helps to mention I am a huge fan of animation, so it had that going for it πŸ˜‰ But I felt the musical score was spot on also.

      Cannot recommend The Road enough. But given the content, you have to find yourself in the right mindframe I think to fully appreciate it.

      Now on Blade Runner, I totally get it. I think the film is great for exposing more people to the world Phillip K Dick created, because his writing is certainly not for everyone. I have encountered a ton of people who couldn’t read the book. I actually loved it though.

      Did not care for LA Confidential but never read the film. Love Fight Club and will be reading it this year for the first time! Have been told by mnay that Maltese Falcon is superb.

      Thanks Icky. Happy weekend 😊

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  3. The Lord of the Rings tops my list! The there’s the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice, the version of Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender, and The Martian starring Matt Damon. There are others I adore, but those are the ones I can think of right now.

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    1. I actually enjoyed the films quite a bit, but yes, this one holds my heart! I have it on DVD here, but until I received my new hearing devices, I could not watch it. It is so dated, there were no subtitles (which I have to have). I am a fan of Rankin and Bass and the animation. Maybe you will get to pick it up soon πŸ™‚

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  4. Oh The Princess Bride is one of my favourite movies!!! I haven’t seen the animated Hobbit film but I didn’t get into the recent Hobbit movies, which is a shame as I haven’t read the book either.
    I agree about it being a good thing for books to have film versions. I’m one of those people who hasn’t read everything so sometimes a film makes me want to read the book. Harry Potter’s a good example, I never read it but the films I’ve loved, so have now put them all on my tbr list πŸ™‚

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  5. The Princess Bride!!! YESS!!!!!!

    I do not particularly care for Blade Runner. I know people are like, obsessed with it, but it didn’t do much for me. The book is odd enough, and the movie deviates and tries to make it into an action/adventure thing. I don’t know, I just felt like it lost all of the things that make the book worthwhile, and the story alone isn’t particularly interesting.

    Great post!

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    1. Yeah, the film is rather loosely based on the book. I viewed it more as an intro to the world and not an actually full adaptation (which is how it was intended if I understand correctly). But I was also a fan of the book πŸ˜‰ So that helps haha.

      The Princess Bride is hands down, non stop fun! Are there any other book to film adaptations you enjoy?

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      1. Oh yes, many. I absolutely love Stardust, even though it has basically nothing to do with the book. I saw the movie first, so… And of course all of the Legally Blonde/Devil Wears Prada-type movies were AMAZING, but the books were pretty meh.

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  6. Ah, this is a great idea, Danielle. I have not seen the animated version of The Hobbit but the full length features were bitterly disappointing. I did enjoy the film version of Lord of the Rings though. I enjoyed all of the Harry Potter films too especially the fourth book adaption.

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  7. I loved reading the Hobbit but the movie version was ten times better IMO. Although it was a whole lot darker too it was and is a great film regardless. I hate the Shadowhunter TV show so far. IT has deviated so far from the books, it no longer feels or looks the same as Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments.

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    1. I did really enjoy the Hobbit films (nice to see someone else has πŸ˜‰ ). I have yet to attempt Shadowhunter as I haven’t started the series. I have a box set here, but have been unable to make time. Maybe I should skip the show after I do read them? I sounds disappointing 😦

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  8. The Princess Bride is lit with Andre the Giant.πŸ‘Œ Funnily enough I was watching The Goldbergs episode about it the other day.πŸ˜‚

    Gotta include The Green Mile, fantastic movie of a fantastic book. The Stand too though that’s a TV miniseries. Also Schindler’s List, Dracula and The Silence of the Lambs too.

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    1. Ah yes many greats! I am probably going to feature more on another Friday when I feel like sharing films again. The Green Mile and Silence of the Lambs were definitely on the list. It was just getting too long haha. So I stuck with 5 today. I really enjoyed Dracula as well.

      Cannot include Schindler’s List for myself as I have not (and honestly may never) read the book to be able to compare haha. Awful huh?

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  9. *laughs* You’ve listed a few films I really disliked! I haven’t seen the animated Hobbit or The Princess Bride though. I did see the animated Lord of the Rings which I liked but it stopped I think at Helm’s Deep and they ran out of money or something to do the rest of it which was a shame.

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  10. I watch very little movies (I know, I’m weird). But I agree with Princess Bride! And Drew – The Green Mile was great.

    A Clockwork Orange picture… guy on the left seems to be attempting to hold something down haha sorry. I’m 12.;)

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    1. Haha. Well that comment is not a far stretch. The book and film A Clovkwork Orange are a bit on the perverse side πŸ˜‰ But well worth the time. A powerful message or two tucked within. I go through spells with movies. I watch more in the winter I believe 😊


  11. I loved The Road! I have to say though that once I see a movie first, I probably won’t read the book afterwards, because I already have all the images in my head. I don’t mind the other way around though, read the book first and then see the movie later. I’m not sure I saw The Princess Bride but it makes me curious πŸ™‚

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  12. Awww, I loved watching the animated version of The Hobbit so much when I was a kid. ❀ I need to re-watch it some time. It's been far too long. Nice list you've got here! πŸ˜€
    I'm only just waking up at the moment so I can't think back fully on the book-to-movie adaptations I've enjoyed, but one that stands to memory was The Girl with All the Gifts. I really liked the book and the movie. Sure, there were some differences between the two, but I enjoyed both. πŸ™‚

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  13. Hello!

    I think great books often translate nicely into films. (Video and computer games, though, fare horribly worse when based on a film, or when a film is based on a game.)

    As you noted, a film can help a story reach a wider audience. In my case, watching Lord of the Rings led me later to read the book.

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    1. Ah yes! I know many people who discovered Tolkien and other greats through film first. Such an excellent point and benefit of films. That expended audience is important.

      I do agree about video games. Too often they seem to miss the mark in film. I cannot think of many adaptations I enjoyed.

      Hope you are well!

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  14. I’ve never seen the 1977 Hobbit but have kinda always wanted to. I should track it down at some point. And Blade Runner has so much atmosphere- love the replicants! Princess Bride is a total favorite, although I’ve never read the book. But I love that movie!!

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    1. The Hobbit is pretty easy to locate right now I believe. I have a copy. They finally released it again. I would love to own it on Bluray and see it cleaned up a tad πŸ˜‰ The music score is super fun. And could not agree about Blade Runner and Princess Bride. I do recommend that book.

      Last night I was binging on old scifi films and realized that Logan’s Run falls into one of my challenge prompts this year, so I started it. Have you read it?


      1. I read Logan’s Run a few years ago and while I don’t remember a ton about it, I do remember it being pretty different from the movie? Speaking of the movie, I kinda like it, even with the cheesy effects. It’s kinda fun. πŸ™‚

        Are you reading or watching it now?

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          1. You should do a movie review! Would love to see your thoughts on it. In fact I may have to rewatch… it just occurred to me that I don’t own the DVD. May have to correct that. πŸ™‚

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  15. !!! This is a series of posts I am DEFINITELY excited to see come alive! I cannot wait to see what sort of amazing things you’ll be sharing with us going forward.

    I am personally not a huge cinema-phile, but I do love me a good adaption. That said, I think that film adaptions should be considered in their own right. Do they get the themes and essences of the characters across? I expect changes, but I only approve of them when they enhance the story from a cinematic perspective. My favorites? Certainly The Princess Bride, but also One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Time To Kill. Both of the latter films I mention cut essential content from the book, but in the course of the film, the changes are more powerful. These cuts improve the overall pacing.

    What are your family’s favorite films which are adaptions of books you’ve read which you *don’t* enjoy?

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    1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and A Time To Kill are great films, but I admit I have yet to read the books so I cannot compare. It sounds like I need to do so!

      I think we expect the same when viewing adaptations. The overall message and essence has to be their, but well tailored to the expanded audience πŸ™‚

      My family has really enjoyed the world of JK Rowling, Tolkien and Lewis through films. Which I am ever thankful for. They would have missed some truly magical moments had it not been for the adaptations!

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      1. There are so many books being turned into films, it’s a challenge to keep up! I guess I’m not surprised we haven’t read/seen the same adaptation pairings then. I am constantly surprised how many books I’ve never heard of are being turned into films, as well. Typically these are great books, why don’t they get more attention before they become films?

        I’m so glad your family found some adapations of favorite classics (is Harry Potter a classic now?!) they can enjoy. It would make me so sad if your family didn’t get to enjoy at least part of these treasures!

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        1. I think it is just a matter of the big screen really expanding the audience. Which is actually great for the books and authors. I am sure the increased attention from trailers and film draw many back to explore missed titles . I consider Harry Potter and insta-classic πŸ˜‰

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          1. You’re right– the big screen really does expand the audience. Plus, finally non-readers are pulled into the fold! I love seeing films made of classic novels, too. Then they pull some novels which might have been more obscure into the fore and a new generation gets to experience them. ❀

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    1. Most people do not seem to like the live action. There were some weird changes, but I still enjoyed them. It enabled me to share the story with the rest of the family. And I enjoyed the cast and musical score. I thought they captured the Dwarven songs beautifully! The animated is still my favorite though πŸ™‚


  16. Cool feature- love, love, love it! πŸ™‚
    I am yet to read an see The Clockwork Orange.. something I intend to rectify during 2018!
    Cormac McCarthy is another one of those hard-hitters that I am yet to explore… and it’s all very exciting. Seeing that you loved those in your list- I have something good to look forward to! πŸ˜‰

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    1. I cannot recommend either enough! Ugh The Road is heart-wrenchingly beautiful and dark. A Clockwork Orange is well.. perverse and odd but packs serious food for thought. Besides, I am guilty of liking the weird! I am so hoping you pick up both soon! Oh I meant to ask, does Amazon ship to you or book depository?

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  17. I started the The Road and could not get into the writing style….maybe this will be the time for me to just watch the movie. I watched Winter’s Bone then read the book a couple of years later, and maybe that is why, but I liked the movie better.

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    1. Could be? The Road is certainly not an easy read. It is honestly a bit dry and very dismal. Hard like 1984 for example. But I seem to fair ok with those titles. The movie is well done. It does down play a few scenes, but they would have been too graphic for film I think. Let me know if you watch it please 😊

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  18. The Princess Bride πŸ˜€
    Totally agree. It’s one of the best book to film adaptations. I actually saw it in the theater last year for its 30th anniversary and it was just as great as the first time I saw it, but a little better because the first time I saw was on TV.

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  19. I’ve never seen the animated version of the hobbit- it makes me excited to see it on here! And I really loved the book of the Road, and although I read it so I could watch the film, I still haven’t had the chance to watch it- I’d better rectify that! Also I need to watch Blade Runner. I LOVE Princess Bride as well- I still need to read the book though… and this is becoming a trend of all the things I need to catch up on πŸ˜‰ Awesome list!!

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    1. The Road omits a few of the harsher moments, but I think it was necessary. It still manages to capture the true essence the story. Well at least I feel it did. With Blade Runner you just have to keep in mind that it is a loose adaptation. It is more of an exploration of the world created in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Great scifi film for sure though! And well The Hobbit πŸ’—

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  20. Love the list! I saw and read both A Clockwork Orange (both book and movie are MASTERPIECES <3) and Blade Runner (huge fan of the book, a bit less of Riddley's adaptation, but Blade Runner 2049 ❀ ❀ <3). My all-time favourite book to movie would be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Both book and movies were AMAZING! πŸ˜€

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