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I love movies way, way too much to limit myself to ten either way. Once again, I'M CHEATING BUT OOPS. I have no regrets.
A Room With A View
A SUPER DUPER long miniseries that I'm still in the middle of, but it's tremendous.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 BBC)
While this is the cream of the crop for BBC miniseries (excepting the other one down below and the one above), I could have put ANY BBC adaptation of almost ANY novel. Seriously. YOU MUST WATCH THEM ALL. They can cute men in tight pants with sideburns. They're perfect.
Jane Eyre (2011)
Though the BBC miniseries with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens is also sublime, I'm a sucker for the Fassbender. Mmm. Fassbender.
The Princess Diaries
Doesn't matter which. Pick you favorite and that's the best (except don't pick 1 or 2 because... seriously?)
Bridget Jones' Diary
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
THIS MOVIE. It is so cute and romantic and it deserves so much more attention.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Sense and Sensibility
I Capture the Castle
Anne of Green Gables
The Wizard of Oz
The Princess Bride
Alice in Wonderland
Howl's Moving Castle
This is possibly my favorite of all of Hayao Miyazaki's films, and that's saying something. It's also even better than the book, which is ALSO saying something.
The Secret Garden and A Little Princess
My two FAVORITE movies growing up. Even though A Little Princess takes some plot liberties (I also had a fabulous miniseries adaptation of it as a kid that was VERY true to the book).
To Kill a Mockingbird
North and South
LOOK BACK. LOOK BACK AT ME.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Stand by Me
Perfect movie about a bookworm braniac with braniac powers is perfect.
I used to watch this movie every Christmas. Not with my family, or anything. Just myself. Because I love it THAT MUCH. Also CHRISTIAN BALE AS LAURIE. How in the hell do you turn down CHRISTIAN BALE AS LAURIE, Jo?!
The Neverending Story
More like the neverending list of movies.
Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging
The Hunger Games
Not a perfect adaptation, I don't think, but still dang good.
Honorable adult-y book mentions: The Godfather, Schindler's List, Children of Men, Fight Club, True Grit (both films), Atonement, The Big Sleep.
Because I am trying to be a more positive person, I will only eviscerate a few of the terrible book-to-movie attempts out there, even though (be assured) I loathe at least dozens more. I'm capable of a lot of loathing.
The Golden Compass
A big, expensive waste of a fabulous novel.
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Eveybody is sweating in this movie. It's the truth. I don't know why they made that particular creative choice, but they did. Everybody's sweating, everybody's miscast, and nobody can pull off the time period. Every time Robert Redford says "old sport" you want to punch him in the mouth.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The animated version is perfect. The live action version is putrid.
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
HOT FREAKING MESS. While ostensibly starring Demi Moore and Gary Oldman, the spotlight is stolen by both Demi's anachronistic and un-puritanical cleavage and her accent of undetermined origin. Also, there's a scene in the bath? For some reason? And there's this big thing at the end that never happened in the book? This movie is hilaribad. It would make a good drinking game.
Not even John Malkovich and Jeremy Irons could save this.
SORRY FOR ALL THE MOVIES. I just couldn't limit myself. Anyway, leave me your links if you have them! Do you agree or disagree with any of my picks?