Today is World Book Day and what better way to celebrate on a film blog than putting together a list of 7 films that are based on books? I thought it was a great idea too, the thing with the list though is that I have to have read the book and seen the film for it to make the list.
Here are my choices . . .
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
This is one of those truly amazing books and also films, an incredible adaptation and a book I read at school for my GCSEs so was aged between 14-16 and therefore saw the film for the first time then. Even if I did not fully appreciate just how incredible each and everything about the film is considering I have not reviewed the film I feel as though a rewatch to actually review it would be the best idea.
Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
I don’t even care if this is a slight cheat at all, I actually managed to catch up and read Return of the King before the film was released! Please bare in mind that I was also reading Lord of the Rings at the same time as To Kill A Mockingbird in school, I feel that is a lot of very good culture and very proud of my teen-self for being amazing when it came to books. I just wish I had more time now! I think to fully appreciate the films you need to read the books and understand what Peter Jackson saw and was doing with his version and some of my all time favourite films.
The Color Purple (1985)
After then leaving school and To Kill A Mockingbird behind at GCSE level I then went on to A Levels and my love for English I took English Literature, this was then when I was introduced to The Color Purple, which was a very difficult read and the film is a tough watch as well. But both very important for racial stereotypes and the abusive relationships. This was first year of A-Level, I had to read the Handmaid’s Tale in second year and all these years later I don’t feel I’ve recovered from that one. The film version of The Color Purple is one of those unfortunate films that holds an Oscar record for not winning a single nomination out of the 11! It introduced us all to Whoopi Goldberg in a wonderful heartbreaking performance.
The Notebook (2004)
Somehow I managed to not watch The Notebook until 2007 after I had read the book, I spent the summer working in Greece and as we did not have any tv’s to watch in the staff living quarters we used to share books and then some people had those small portable players to watch DVDs. So I managed to read the book which broke my heart and then myself and my roommate both cried our eyes out watching the truly lovely and amazing film! Since then I have watched it many times and it certainly contributed towards my love for Ryan Gosling.
The Damned United (2009)
Another book I read while in Greece one of the other lasses was a Leeds United fan and she had read the book, I was working as a football coach so of course she thought I would enjoy reading it. Which I did of course and this was one of those very rare occasions where I had read the book before the film had even been thought about! The book was released in 2006 and then transferred to film in 2009 with Michael Sheen leading the cast as Brian Clough in fantastic fashion!
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
This one might seem a little bit strange but I was too young to really understand or get Bridget Jones Diary when the film came out so when I eventually caught up I read the book as well and even read Edge of Reason before the film came out. Very good adaptations from page to screen and if you do read the book you find yourself thinking like the way “Bridget” writes her diary entries. I think this is actually a book I would really like to read again and could probably relate to it so much more now!
Harry Potter (2001-2011)
One of my biggest regrets will always be that I did not read the Harry Potter books when they were actually released. I was the perfect age and who they were written for, it took me a lot of time but I did it and read them all and adored them all. I managed to finish them all before the final film was released, I seem to enjoy doing that! All children should have Harry Potter read to them and then read it themselves when they are old enough, truly magical books which transferred into truly magical films.
What are your choices from book to screen for #WorldBookDay?