Tuesday, May 17, 2011

30 Days of Books - Day 19

Today, thank God, was far less arctic than yesterday. On the downside, I woke up this morning convinced that it was Thursday, and that I was going to Melbourne tomorrow. Alas, it's only Tuesday *sigh* Fortunately, the rest of the work week is fairly busy, so will hopefully fly by!

Day 19 - Favourite book turned into a movie

Finally, something simple! Hurrah!! I've chosen to interpret this as "a movie that was better than its book". And, as you can expect given my obsession with movies, there are quite a lot of them!

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I liked the book, but the movie? Is amazing. Jim Caviezel does a brilliant job at playing a man out for revenge, while still staying a likeable character. Richard Harris is, as always, incredible. The story flows a lot faster, and has a happier ending. 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. Sure, it massacres the original story, but it's Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. How can you possibly go wrong with that??? Also, if you watch the special features, Johnny Depp mentions that he stole the iron maiden from the set when they finished filming and it now has pride of place in his living room. I have no doubt that he's replaced it in the 12 years since the movie was made, but it's a pretty awesome piece of trivia just the same! Oh, and the movie features Christopher Walken being creepy. It's pretty genius.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. This scared the absolute bejesus out of me when it first came out. The book is both more terrifying in its graphic details and filled with a liiiiiiiiiiittle too much information about chaos theory-y stuff. So while I love the book, the movie is just that whole extra level of awesome. And for something that was made in 1992, it's aged surprisingly well! 

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. Again, the movie mangles the book to within an inch of its life, but the movie is a classic. It's amazing and brilliant and it never fails to make me cry. And the book just kind of leaves me flat...

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh. This book just about KILLED ME. I read it in first year English for a subject called 'Text, Criticism and the Visual', where we read the books, watched the movies, and compared the two. I found that the only way to get through Trainspotting was to read it aloud in a really bad Scottish accent. The movie on the other hand? Pretty hilarious, despite featuring heroin addiction, the worst toilet in Scotland and creepy ghost babies. And a millionty times better than the book.

Obviously, if I weren't taking the "better than the book" route, I'd be including Harry Potter and Bridget Jones. But as awesome as those are, the books are better. So they're not on the list. 

What's your favourite movie adaptation?
K xx

Day 01 - The best book you read last year
Day 02 - A book you've read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favourite series
Day 04 - Your favourite book of your favourite series
Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
Day 06 - A book that makes you sad
Day 07 - Most underrated book
Day 08 - Most overrated book
Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Day 10 - Favourite classic book
Day 11 - A book you hated
Day 12 - A book you used to love but don't any more
Day 13 - Your favourite writer
Day 14 - Favourite book of your favourite writer
Day 15 - Favourite male character
Day 16 - Favourite female character
Day 17 - Favourite quote from your favourite book
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you
Day 19 - Favourite book turned into a movie
Day 20 - Favourite romance book
Day 21 - Favourite book from your childhood
Day 22 - Favourite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't
Day 24 - A book you wish more people would've read
Day 25 - A character you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favourite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favourite book of all time


  1. I LOVE JURASSIC PARK!! And I totes agree that the movie was better than the book. Except that the old guy died in the book, which I wish had happened in the movie. ;)

  2. Trainspotting is one of my favourites... I'm glad I'm not the only one who had to read it aloud!!

  3. But Bi, it's Richard Attenborough! You can't kill Richard Attenborough... Also, in the book John Hammond was a douche canoe who deserved to die. In the movie, he was actually nice, despite his stupid ideas...

    Kat - thank God. I thought it was just me...

  4. I really like this 30 days of books thing. I'm considering doing it, except it would be hard to not be boring and answer a lot of them with a Jane Austen book!

  5. Trainspotting completely bent my mind for the first two chapters, and then I learnt to THINK in a Scottish accent. So I did it on the inside instead of reading it aloud!

    Also, I can come up with another good reason for liking the movie - the film omits at least two very graphic and nauseating scenes (plus some finer details of others), neither of which I would care to see play out on the silver screen. One involves a preganant woman and an unhygenic man who is not the father of her child in a toilet at a wake, and the other involves a cafe, some vengeful staff and a bowl of soup *gags*

    ~* Ness

  6. Lozzz123 - I've really had to force myself to not say "TERRY PRATCHETT!!!" for every single day...

    Nessa - oh GOD, I'd forgotten about the soup scene!!! *throws up everywhere* And I think it was more muttering under my breath in a Scottish accent than fully reading it out loud. But that's not really much better, is it? ;)


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