Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Love that Became Movies or TV Shows


Today's topic: books I love that became movies or TV shows fortunately doesn't say the movies or TV shows had to be good . Once again, I head back to my childhood.

The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series: There were several Nancy Drew movies during the late 1930s which I quite enjoy. The TV series in the 1970s...The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew series...is the one I enjoy the most. Starring Pamela Sue Martin (Nancy Drew) and Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy (Hardy Boys), these were pretty faithful in spirit to the books. While double checking names, I did discover that the CW has a new Nancy Drew TV show due to come out this year.

Anne of Green Gables: My favorite rendition of this series is the 1985 mini-series with Megan Follows. When I think of Anne in my mind, I picture Megan. I've tried watching Anne with an E, but so far have not gotten into it.

There were a lot of different film adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia's various stories from animated to live action. I really enjoyed the Walden Media versions (2005 - 2010) of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Prince Caspian(2008), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010). I've heard Netflix is developing adaptations of the entire series... fingers crossed.

We can't forget Jane Austen's books: Sense and Sensibity, Pride and Prejudice, Emma. Marvelous movies as well as marvelous books.

Or, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit.

I could go on and on... so many YA books that I love have been made into movies/TV shows:
Kami Garcia's Beautiful Creatures
Veronica Roth's Divergent
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Gamesseries

and on and on and on.

I'm always excited to see a movie or TV show coming out from a book I enjoyed...it's interesting to me to see how the book translates to the screen.

What are some of your favorites? What do you think about books ----> film?

Comments

Lydia said…
Yeah, I get excited when books are turned into TV show or films, too. There have been some wonderful adaptations over the years.

And the Lord of the Rings movies are modern-day classics. They still feel as fresh today as they did 19 years ago when The Fellowship of the Ring first came out. (How in the world is it possible that this happened almost 20 years ago!?)

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c7201996 said…
Oh, my husband and sons made me watch The Hunger Game series. I can't imagine reading it. I was on the edge of my seat as it was watching the movie. I don't know if I'd be brave enough to turn a page. lol
Great list. I forgot (I know, how could I?) about the Harry Potter books. My to watch list is so long and getting longer. Lol!
peggy jaeger said…
This just once again proves we are sisters from other misters!!!! My likes were sososos similar to your! Identical in a few places.
Marianne Arkins said…
I know this is probably grounds for losing my book reader card, but I prefer the Jane Austen movies to her books. Her books bore me to tears. I know... ::: hangs head in shame :::

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Michael Mock said…
Great selections. (I really need to either read or watch The Hunger Games. Or both. Both would be good.) The LoTR movies are really that old??? Nonsense, that would mean that I'm, um... Oh. Right. Never mind, carry on...
Kathy said…
Well, I loved everything you mentioned. Oddly enough though, I tend to never want to see a movie if I've read the book already. Although I sure never missed a Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter movie. You've heard me harangue about long reviews that tell the story of the book and seem to ruin the story for me. I guess I'm the same way about seeing a movie after I've read the book. Old news somehow.
Aymee said…
I think they did much better with The Hunger Games than they did with Divergent, but both were still enjoyable. Harry Potter is amazing though, despite issues with the movies themselves. (AKA Justice for book!Ron)
JENNIFER WILCK said…
This is a fantastic list. I've either read the books or seen the movies. I usually don't overlap because what I picture in my mind is so different from what appears on screen.
I did like the Hunger Games films. I didn't feel the Divergent ones were quite as good.