You all know I am a movie lover. I pretty much watch a film every other day. There’s nothing better than getting comfy on the couch and putting on your favourite Rom Com or Thriller. When we moved house, an amazing house warming gift to us was a brand new TV. It’s a flat screen modern dream.
I used to mooch in Curry’s & John Lewis at the flat screen TV’s and wished I had one. The styles from LG, Samsung & the amazing ones the like of OLED TVs from Panasonic.
A great movie is even greater when it’s played on a fabulous screen. Speaking of great movies, I wanted to chat about my favourite book to screen adaptations. For my film posts that usually flit between new releases and Netflix shows, I thought changing up the theme would be good.
Plus, when the idea for this post came to me I was reading Big Little Lies, which is now a major TV drama. Anyone seen or read this?
There are so many amazing books that have been made in to films. More than you realise. I’ve seen a lot of them originally as films, but have never read their literary beginnings.
Some big titles are The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, To Kill A Mockingbird, American Psycho and of course, Bridget Jones.
But here are my top picks that have gone from book to big screen, that I’ve read & watched many of times.
Harry Potter Series
We have to start with the Holy Grail of book to screen. The Harry Potter series has to be the most successful book adaptation ever. My favourite of the series has to be The Philosopher’s Stone because it is the first one that brought all the magic to life.
Although different parts of the books are missed out, they’re still fantastic and I never get bored of watching them. Plus after growing up and pronouncing half the characters and spells wrong, it was great to hear them out loud.
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald is one of my all time favourite books. It’s such a decadent and romantic tale.
In 2013 Baz Luhrmann put his stamp on the story and it certainly paid off. From the colours, the music, the cast, to the film as a whole, I think it captured the essence of the book really well. It doesn’t hurt that Leo is the lead either.
This is probably my favourite book to screen thriller. It took me a while to really get in to this book, but once it got going I loved it.
They put the film together well, and it followed the plot very closely. What I like most about it was they kept it as natural, and dark as the book goes. Other than Ben Affleck, the film didn’t have many big names in it, which gave it the low key, independent vibe it needed to stay authentic.
Alice In Wonderland
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is another favourite book of mine. I’ve read it so many times and I actually collect different editions of it based on the covers.
This story just reminds me of growing up and seeing life as one big curious adventure. Over the years quite a few Alice films have been made. I enjoy the 2010 adaptation starring Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Alan Rickman and Johnny Depp, to name but a few.
The version that sticks with me the most though is the 1999 TV movie starring Whoopi Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat. I think at this age, I was 10, I really fell in love with the story of Alice.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
I thought I would end on a feel good chick flick. My friend got me in to reading Sophie Kinsella just before this movie was released. Each of her books have me laughing out loud, even in public places.
This movie brought me so many laughs, and I still quote lines from it now, all the time.
It would be great if more of Sophie’s work could be turned in to a film, as just one hasn’t been enough.
Like I said earlier, sitting back and relaxing at home, and be able to watch one of these movies on a brilliant TV is a love of mine. I’d love to know if this is something you love to do as well? And be honest, who else admires the big TVs in department stores?
What do you think of book to big screen adaptations? What is your favourite book to film?
*This is a sposnored post from Panasonic, promoting their new range of OLED TV’s. All images, opinions & text is my own.