Monday, March 3, 2014

Movies Adapted From Books

Last night, my hubby and I watched some of the Oscars on television. We haven't watched the Oscars in many, many years as I find the Oscars rather boring to watch personally. 

Plus, I haven't seen any of the movies that had been nominated for an Oscar this year, so watching the Oscars was sort of meaningless to me... But my hubby was interested in seeing the Oscars this year and I wanted to spend time with him, so ended up watching the Oscars off and on with him throughout the evening. 

Watching the Oscars did have me wondering which movies I have enjoyed watching that were adapted from books I've read. The following is a very short list of the movies that I have enjoyed watching that were adapted from books I've already read:

The Help
Silence of the Lambs
Red Dragon
Sarah's Key
The Color Purple
Eat, Pray, Love (I actually liked the movie better than the book)
Tuesdays With Morrie (I actually liked the movie better than the book)

There are plenty of great movies adapted from books that I've enjoyed watching over the years. But I haven't read the book; only seen the movie version. Or I've read the book, but not see the movie adaptation. Or I've simply did not liked the movie version of the book I've read.

Which books have you read that were made into movies that you enjoyed seeing as well as reading?


  1. I wasn't really interested in the Oscars this year either. Except Jared Leto. I too really loved the Help. Also the 5 People We Meet In Heave was a good TV movie. I still haven't seen a really good adaptation of the Great Gatsby but I would love to have like a mini-series of that book.

    1. Funny, but I didn't like the East of Eden movie version with James Dean. I love the novel East of Eden, but found so much of the novel missing from the movie version. :-(

  2. I am not that interested in Oscars either to be honest - good to know there are others out there.

    For me the obvious answer is The Lord of the Rings books. Books are among my favourite, just as the movies. (That does not extend to the new Hobbit movies - although the book is lovely.) I also loved the recent Great Gatsby adaptation (and the book is beautiful), and both versions of The English Patient are lovely as well.

  3. I have not read any of The Lord of the Rings books. Maybe I'll have to add them to my reading list. :-)

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts!