The Good, The Bad, And The WTF Books To Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations.

The Good

About A Boy Movie

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Hugh Grant in one of his best roles. Hilarious and touching, About A Boy actually improves on the book by Nick Hornby (which you should read pretty much all of his books if you haven’t.)

High Fidelity Movie

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Yes, this is another book by Nick Hornby. (Maybe my harping on this will get you to read all of the Nick Hornby books? It should.) John Cusack, Jack Black are pitch perfect. High Fidelity is so very good.

Harry Potter All The Movies

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Obviously, the Harry Potter movies are all amazing.

The Lord Of The Rings Movie Trilogy

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The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy like the Harry Potter movies should (and probably will be) on every list. They are amazing. (Even though there is a place to argue about things that were left out. Still, really great movies.)

The Stand Mini-Seires

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I love The Stand! It is such a great book and like many Stephen King books, quite long. So how they take this amazing book, with a huge cast of characters and make it into a move? Make it into a mini-series. I watched it when it originally aired (in 1994) and just loved it.

The Bad


Confessions Of A Shopaholic Movie

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Confessions Of A Shopaholic was such a disappointing movie. They changed so many aspects of the book, like Becky being American and her relationship with Luke. The book by Sophie Kinsella is hilarious but the movie just fell short. It actually makes me sad how horrible this movie is because I really wanted to see other books in the series made into movies.

The DaVinci Code Movie

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It is difficult to wrap my head around why this movie was so bad. The DaVinci Code seemed like it would make a great movie when I was reading it and it stars Tom Hanks. Something is just off here. I remember seeing it in the theater and lots of people walking out in the middle.

The Golden Compass Movie

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The Golden Compass should have made an excellent movie. It has action, adventure, and a really great story. The movie also stars Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman. It just did not live up to Pullman’s book and sadly the other books will never make it to the big screen.


Queen Of The Damned Movie

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When I discovered The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice as a teenager, I tore through those books like it was my job. Being a fan, I looked forward to seeing the books on big screen. The Queen Of The Damned movie pretty much killed my interest in vampires until Twilight happened.



  1. I could not agree more with The DaVinci Code. I really think that Tom Hanks was the wrong choice for Robert Langdon.

    And I had NO IDEA About a Boy was a book. I need to find this and read it!
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    • Yes, so much! I like Tom Hanks as much as anyone but Robert Langdon is supposed to be sexy.

      Nick Hornby writes wonderful books. Please keep a box of tissues near you when reading About A Boy because it is both hilarious and really sad.

  2. The Lord of the Rings need to be on every person’s list because it’s so friggin AMAZING! How did you like The Hobbit?
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    • It really does, especially the extended editions which are just amazing.

      I loved The Hobbit and am lucky to live near an AMC theater that has an ETX theater with Dolby Atmos. It was truly mind blowing.

  3. I am so ashamed that I haven’t read About a Boy. I love the movie so much, I actually own 2 copies of it on DVD (I had thought I lost the first one). I really need to pick up the book. Great list!

    And thanks for stopping by my blog!
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  4. Definitely agree with LOTR and the Hornby adaptations! I was also disappointed with “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” I love a good chick flick, and the book is certainly fun and entertaining, but the movie totally lacked that spark of excitement.
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    • I definitely err on the side of not Americanizing British books. Becky Bloomwood is so English, having her be American just really did not work.

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